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Former Smithers-area trustee now running for Prince George school board

After relocating to Prince George, long-time SD82 trustee Shar McCrory is running for SD57
Shar McCroy SD57 candidate
Shar McCrory has eight years experience as a trustee with SD82.

Having served as a school trustee for the past eight years in Hazelton for Coast Mountain School District No. 82, Shar McCrory wants to continue her career as a school board trustee in Prince George.

She recently relocated to Prince George and as a result won’t be seeking re-election for SD82, which serves Hazelton (Gitxsan), Terrace (Tshimshian), Kitimat (Haisla) and Stewart (Nisgaa).

“I have been an advocate for students and staff in public education for over 25 years,” said McCrory.

“I recently moved to Prince George and think my experience, knowledge and commitment to public education will serve Prince George well.”

McCrory said she has a solid knowledge of the role and responsibilities of a school board trustee, having eight years of experience with a northern school district.

She also believes in advocating for fair, equitable education at a local, regional and provincial levels and has an understanding of governance and public education systems.

McCrory said she also understands the diverse needs of students, staff and parent schools and communities and is able to make decisions with those perspectives in mind.

She has held the positions of board chair, vice chair and chaired education and budget committees while at SD82.  She has also been on ad-hoc committees supporting the BC School Trustee Association and is currently a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern B.C.

McCrory said she thinks one of the most important issues facing SD57 is making sure district priorities focus on students and learning as well as equity of access and a commitment to Truth and Reconciliation.

“I believe in making positive change and moving forward. Budgets are always a challenge and we need to advocate to the ministry of education to help provide more financial support in light of the cost of living increases,” said McCrory.

She noted that she’s not afraid to ask tough questions and has commitment and experience.

“I am a mother of three teenagers and young adults. Public education and the success of all students has always been a priority for me. Safe, supportive, nurturing, inclusive schools are integral to student success.”

On Oct. 15 voters will have to elect five trustees to represent Prince George on the board of education.