Retired educator wants board spot

Retired elementary school teacher and principal Tony Cable is looking for a seat on the next School District 57 board of trustees.

During his career, Cable was principal of Westwood, College Heights, Hart Highlands, Mackenzie and Mountain View elementary schools and taught at three additional schools in Prince George.

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"My 35 years as a teacher and principal has given me a lot of experience and knowledge about educational issues. Because of my knowledge of education, I am really able to analyze the issues and ask the important questions," Cable said.

Rebuilding a positive working relationship with teachers and staff after the labour dispute that closed schools for much of the summer and the start of the 2014-15 school year should be a priority, he said.

Lobbying for additional provincial funding, while making smart use of the dollars the district has, should also be a top priority, Cable added. Addressing class size, and providing needed resources for special needs students, is critical.

"For me, it all starts with the classrooms - that's where the rubber hits the road..." Cable said. "I think it's important, even if we don't get any more money, we have a little bit of flexibility and... [we need to] use it quite wisely."

Cable also identified student safety, promoting technology use in the classroom and supporting rural schools as priorities for him, if elected.

In addition to his education experience, Cable is the chairperson of the 2015 Canada Winter Games sport committee and the Great White North Lacrosse Commission.

He previously served as president of the Prince George Administrators' Association and was a board member of the B.C. Principals' and Vice Principals' Association.

"I think this is a way I can give back to the community," Cable said. "I have a real enthusiasm for Prince George [and] I'm willing to put in the time and effort needed."

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