EDITORIAL – ‘ Our kids are more important than potholes’

Bowen Cooluris speaks at school board election forum in St. Andrew’s On The Square. (Image: Mel Rothenburger.)

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

IT WAS AN ENCOURAGING turnout at Tuesday night’s school board election forum. That is, if you consider 50 or 60 people out of a population of 93,000 encouraging.

Eleven candidates laid out their qualifications and priorities, one of them describing the crowd as “a large group.” And I suppose it was by school board forum standards.

It’s always hard to resist comparing the under-the-radar school trustee election with the comparatively high-profile Kamloops City council election and this was no exception.

One candidate wryly commented that “kids are more important than potholes.”


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