LETTER: School trustees need to stand up for education

'In November, please elect trustees who will genuinely support public education'

Victoria school trustee Peg Orcherton is vying for re-election.

In her own words: “We need people on our school board who are not afraid to stand up and speak out on behalf of children, their families and quality public education.”

I’d ask Ms. Orcherton, why then she voted in favour of closing Sundance slementary school last year?

Where was she when it was time to speak up for Sundance children and their families, when they pleaded and worked so hard to show the board just how much the school meant to them?

I attended the board meeting last fall, that would decide the fate of Sundance elementary and it was heartbreaking for me to witness the pleas of these families, fall on the deaf ears of trustees Orcherton, Tom Ferris, Michael McEvoy, Elaine Leonard and Bev Horsman (the trustees that voted in favor of closing the school.)

There were several other options the board could have taken in order to keep the school open.

In November, please elect trustees who will genuinely support public education.

Carolina Tudela, Victoria