Rev. Dale Renout
Name: Rev. Dale Renout
Current Occupation: Clergyman
Education Completed: Bachelor of Religious Education M Div Graduate work
Please note I have not completed my M Div
Community Involvement: Brantwood Board, Chair of SEAC, Easter Seals Chaplain of Legion Streetsville Branch, Shedden Medical Centre fund raising committee, Ethics Committee Brantwood, Easter Seals
Ties To Education: Parent, Former chair of SEAC
Contact Information: 75 Rawdon St. Brantford, ON N3S 6C3
phone home 519 751-0885 office 905 826-1834
Questions for Trustee Candidates Election
- 1) What, in your background, would lead teachers, support staff, and the local community to believe that you would be a good choice as a trustee?
- I believe my volunteer experience and my educational background as well as my experience working with At Risk Youth have prepared me to be an advocate for both the students and staff of the Grand Erie Board. I firmly believe there should be one publicly funded educational system that strives for excellence for all students.
- 2) What are you prepared to publicly say and do as a trustee to promote public respect for Board employees: teachers, secretaries, custodians, educational assistants, etc.?
- I have always been a strong advocate for our teachers and while serving as the chair of SEAC I made strong presentations on behalf of our students to the Board. I believe that trustees need to advocate on behalf of students and staff.
- 3) In your judgment, what are the most important indicators that Board employees are doing a good job in educating and supporting local students?
- Safe schools, providing motivation to students to achieve their maximum potential. Positive signs are a low drop out rate, and a high academic standing. Although it needs to be noted academic standing cannot be used as the sole indicator of success.
- 4) What is the role of a trustee in monitoring the day-to-day operation of particular schools, or when responding to concerns expressed by parents/citizens about particular schools?
- I believe there should be five city trustees one for each ward. That way each trustee can have the responsibility of serving each of the schools in his or her ward. This also would ensure better representation for the students. Unfortunately people go into the voting booth and simply vote for the first four names on the list.
5) Please describe your top priorities for changes to Board policies, if elected as trustee.
- If elected I will advocate for special education resources. I will also strive to achieve one elected school trustee for each of the Cities five wards. I believe this would make trustees accountable to their constituents.
- 6) In light of the research published in the fall of 2005 concerning province-wide bullying of School Board employees, what steps should the Board take, through policies and actions, to address incidents and/or patterns of abusive behaviour toward employees by parents, students or other individuals?
- Zero tolerance is the best policy. If there are problems the administration needs to stand behind the staff. No teacher or student or administrator should be subject to abuse. If need be the police should be called.
- 7) If elected, to what degree are you prepared to lobby the provincial government for long-term, predictable, adequate funding to ensure stability in program, staffing, curriculum delivery, and school renewal as recommended by Dr. Mordechai Rozanski?
- The cost of education is high the cost of ignorance is higher. I am prepared to write letters and if need be meet with provincial politicians to further the cause.
- 8.) Explain to what degree Trustees should be involved in contract negotiations for Board employees.
- I believe there should be trustee representation on the negotiating committee. Obviously board employees also have to be at the table.
- 9) What should be the Ministry of Education’s focus/priority in making any changes to local schools in the next four years (e.g. programs, curriculum, supports, funding, school closures, rural schools, small schools, contracting out etc.)?
The Ministry’s focus needs to be on ensuring that the drop out rate is lowered. I believe the Ministry should work with the Criminal Justice system to make sure at risk youth have opportunities to complete their education.