Adrian re-elected to B.C. trustees' post

School District 74 Trustee Val Adrian and Chair Carmen Ranta are going to bat for Gold Trail on two B.C. School Trustees Association (BCSTA) committees.

Adrian has been re-elected to her position as co-chair of the First Nations Education Committee (FNEC) of the BCSTA.

Adrian says she's thrilled the district chose her to represent Gold Trail, and that she was chosen by the BCSTA president.

"I've learned a lot sitting on the FNEC committee," she told the News. "It's nice to be able to hear how other people in other districts are dealing with their issues."

Adrian, who is serving her third year with FNEC and her fourth year as a trustee, says her main concern for this term is ensuring parental involvement with FNEC.

"The signing of the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement (on June 1) was the first step," she noted. "Parental involvement is one item I will bring forward to the committee."

FNEC's duties include "representing the school boards' interests in matters of First Nations education; heightening knowledge, awareness and understanding of First Nations issues; identifying potential problems related to provincial policy and implementation in areas associated with First Nations education; and developing recommendations on First Nations education matters."

In another school-related election, school board Chair Carmen Ranta was elected to the position of president of the Mainline-Cariboo branch of the BCSTA. Ranta has served as branch vice-president for two previous terms.

Ranta says the similarities among the school districts in Mainline-Cariboo create better opportunities to learn from one another.

"We (the Mainline-Cariboo districts) all face similar challenges," she noted. "We're all rural districts serving small communities.

"We're hoping to continue connecting with the other districts, sharing success stories, and building relationships," she added. "It's important that trustees have knowledge of improvements in other districts, and this (committee) is one way we can provide that knowledge."

branch includes the Gold Trail, Central Coast, and Kamloops/Thompson school districts.

Bridge River Lillooet News Aug 3rd 2005.

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