2014 TCDSB Election: Ward 1 – Etobicoke

The Incumbent:

Peter Jakovcic

The Race

This race is wide open with incumbent Peter Jakovcic not running for re-election. Only two out of four candidates for election completed the survey for this ward. There is largely agreement among the two who participated, though details were short in the survey responses.

Candidates Who Did Not Participate: Robert Pella, Wasyl Luczkiw

The Breakdown

 

The full responses

  • 1. Recently the Canadian Football League and Nissan stepped in to help school boards with the costs of organized sports. Do you support seeking private investment at the TCDSB?

    yes support private investment

    2. What ideas do you have to address the budget challenges that the TCDSB faces?

    ideas will come when I know the factd

    3. How will you foster and engage school communities and ratepayers at large?

    invite parents to board meetings,news letters,visit school communites

    4. There are candidates who have proposed advocating for a new tax dedicated specifically to education. Is this a proposal you support?

    do not support new education tax

    5. TCDSB has debated and budgeted for an ombudsman. Do you – and will you support this important initiative?

    yes to ombudsman

    6. Do you believe the culture among TCDSB Trustees has changed after a spending scandal that saw Trustees expense gold jewellry, trips, university tuition, personalized licence plates and lingerie, among other things? If not how will you change this culture?

    culture has changed

    7. Failures in special education are considered by some to be the greatest failure in the public system. What is your plan for correcting this?

    need to find out missing at tcdsb at this point and look at changes that can be made with proper funding

    8. What are your ideas on how we can reduce the cost of administration and governance at TCDSB?

    needs to be looked at

    9. What do you think is the best approach for the TCDSB to take in upcoming contract negotiations with teachers and staff?

    give up as little as possible

    10. TCDSB is in the process of developing a parent/student bill of rights. What do you view as one of the most important rights in education for parents and students? Will you support this initiative?​

    support bill of rights

  • 1. Recently the Canadian Football League and Nissan stepped in to help school boards with the costs of organized sports. Do you support seeking private investment at the TCDSB?

    Absolutely Yes !

    2. What ideas do you have to address the budget challenges that the TCDSB faces?

    Tons; I’m a CPA, CMA and CEO; way too many to list

    3. How will you foster and engage school communities and ratepayers at large?

    Thru Rate Payer Associations and voice broadcasting and automated polling

    4. There are candidates who have proposed advocating for a new tax dedicated specifically to education. Is this a proposal you support?

    Any new Taxes is “Stupid”

    5. TCDSB has debated and budgeted for an ombudsman. Do you – and will you support this important initiative?

    Undecided

    6. Do you believe the culture among TCDSB Trustees has changed after a spending scandal that saw Trustees expense gold jewellry, trips, university tuition, personalized licence plates and lingerie, among other things? If not how will you change this culture?

    No I don’t believe it’s changed; as a CPA, CMA and ex-auditor; I have the back ground in experience and education to push hard for change and hold them accountable

    7. Failures in special education are considered by some to be the greatest failure in the public system. What is your plan for correcting this?

    Too complex of a question for this type of survey ! I have experience with special needs; and would have a number of proactive recommendations

    8. What are your ideas on how we can reduce the cost of administration and governance at TCDSB?

    Again too complex; changes are definitely required; we needed better management and less bureaucrats!

    9. What do you think is the best approach for the TCDSB to take in upcoming contract negotiations with teachers and staff?

    ;)

    10. TCDSB is in the process of developing a parent/student bill of rights. What do you view as one of the most important rights in education for parents and students? Will you support this initiative?​

    Have to see the Bill of Rights first and ideas from stake-holders; but frankly we have far more pressing issues !!!