For Immediate Release

WRDSB Trustee Woodcock seeks re-election

July 14, 2014

WATERLOO – Kathleen Woodcock will seek re-election on the Waterloo Region District School Board as a trustee for the city of Waterloo and the township of Wilmot. Kathleen has served on the WRDSB for three terms, 2000 - 2003, 2006 – 2010, and 2010 – 2014, a total of 11 years.

During her time on the Board Kathleen has served as Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and currently Past Chairperson. She has participated actively on numerous statutory and ad hoc committees including Policy & Bylaw Committee, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Group, Environmental Advisory Committee, Student Program Review Committee, and Special Education Advisory Committee. Woodcock played a vital role in the development of the strategic plan for the Board.

During her tenure, Kathleen has deepened her understanding of the role of trustee as an advocate of public education. “It is important that trustees work together to create and maintain an education system that works for our students, that promotes student achievement and well-being and that builds public confidence in public education.” says Woodcock. “Trustees are there to make the best possible choices within the options available that will result in real, continuous improvements as well as preserving the many positive aspects of public education.”

There are many issues facing the WRDSB in the future: funding, declining enrolment, and communication and engagement with stakeholders, to name a few. “The current funding formula puts school boards in a difficult position, especially when faced with declining school enrolment, “ contends Woodcock. “There is no leeway for the development of local education initiatives within the funding structure. For example, I believe in the value and benefits of enhanced arts and music education for all children at all levels. However, it is difficult to fund that initiative if the Ministry does not allocate monies specifically for it.”

Kathleen is a long-time resident of the Westvale area in Waterloo. She is a proud alumnus of Wilfrid Laurier University (MSW, BA). An avid gardener, she dabbles in golf and deeply treasures time spent with her family.

For further information, contact:

Kathleen Woodcock
49 Pinemeadow Cres., Waterloo, ON N2T 1A6
519-884-6023 kwoodc@golden.net

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