Langley is a good district on its way to being great!
World-Class Education...My Values!
I Value the Entrepreneurial Mindset.
Thankfully the Ministry of Education has wisely embedded "entrepreneurship" into the new curriculum. Read my Maverick Visioning document to get an understanding of where I believe we need to go. Click Here
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I Value Continuous Improvement.
Good is the enemy of great. We must be relentless in our review of our processes to see how we can improve them. Even small daily improvements over time make for great change. Our system is good on its way to being great. Having a Strategic Plan is necessary but it is the day-to-day implementation of that plan that is the challenge. Langley has done the heavy difficult work and will benefit from it in the years ahead. As a Board we added an Audit Committee to ensure a higher level of oversight of our finances. Together with the new hires in the positions of Superintendent, Secretary Treasurer and senior finance staff, we have confidence that the district has strengthened and improved our district finances.
I Value Innovation.
Doing the same thing doesn’t cut it anymore. Our graduates compete with Germany and Japan and India. To this end we must be on the lookout for new ways to do our important work. Whether it is new revenue ideas or ways of organizing our system we need to welcome innovation. We must have courage to consider every aspect of our education system. No sacred cows allowed...everything is open for discussion. With the Ministry of Education's new direction entitled "21st Century Education" we have the opportunity to do something new and significant for our students. (We introduced a new annual event called the IDEA Summit to showcase and encourage entrepreneurial thinking. This is the only district in BC that focuses on the entire K-12 system with this opportunity.)
I Value Relationships
Strengthening relationships is key to leadership and corporate greatness. Having “all brains in the game” results in individual, corporate and community empowerment. We are in the people business. Everything we do is done through people. While we may not agree on the solution to our problems, we must always invite respectful dialogue. In so doing I believe we will solve our greatest world challenges.
I Value a Strong Work Ethic and Positive Attitude
It goes without saying how important our need for a strong work ethic and positive attitude is. I enjoy the challenges of trusteeship and understand the importance of leading our system with optimism.
I Value Revenue.
Financial prudence is a must in our changing times. We cannot afford to live under the illusion that the government will bail us out in difficult times. Our international student revenues need to be matched to non-staffing expenditures. We must support new revenue streams. We must enhance the work of the Langley School District Foundation to achieve its goal of 10 million in 10 years. Langley must look after Langley.
I Value Serving You.
I love serving you the public. I love Langley. My wife Val, son Austin and daughter Mackenzie love it too and are graduates of Langley Public Schools!