Editor's note: MidlandToday has asked school board trustee candidates in Midland, Penetanguishene and Tiny Township to provide a synopsis of why they are running for their school boards. Municipal elections take place Oct. 24, which will include school board trustees on the ballots.
The following response is from Eric Lapointe, who is running for French language public school trustee in the Simcoe County District School Board. For more election coverage, visit our 2022 municipal election page by clicking here, where you can find candidate profiles and other election news.
The world is a different place than it was four years ago. What is the greatest challenge facing students in this current society?
I have dealt with many issues students faced over the last four years with Viamonde such as inclusivity, health and well being, technologies, class sizes, and the pandemic to name a few. I work hard listening and communicating with everyone involved to address any and all difficulties with students’ success as my ultimate goal regardless of the challenge.
What do students need more than anything, which they don’t already have but should?
I don't know what students need more than anything, but they all deserve the best environment and education we can provide. Their voices matter. It's important to continue communicating with our students and their advocates to meet their needs.
Sometimes new policy and legislation goes against common sense. While change is only measured as good or bad in hindsight, what will you do to ensure the best opportunities for students?
I always think about the students and how they will benefit first and foremost. I will use my experience from last term and gather facts to make clear and informed decisions so the students may have all possible opportunities to succeed.