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Mark Wasyliw

Candidate in the 2014 Winnipeg - 3 School Ward race.

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Questionnaire Response

Why did you decide to run in the 2014 School Board Election?

After 3 years on the Board I have gotten a good picture of what needs to be changed in the Winnipeg School Division (WSD). The Division has an achievement gap between students from wealthy households and those struggling with poverty. I believe the School Board can do more to close this gap and ensure all students can be successful in our education system. To that end, in my first term I was able to start a full-day nursery/full-day kindergarten pilot program. We placed this program into four of our lowest socio-economic schools. Often in these school, students fall behind and never catch up with other students in the division. The added time with trained teachers in the nursery and kindergarten program has dramatic results in helping these students catch up to other students in the WSD. We are monitoring this program closely and if successful, my priority is to expand the program to other schools in the division on a "need" basis.

What experience will you bring to compliment your role as School Trustee?

I have been on the Board of Trustees since my by-election win in 2011. I have been elected vice-chair of the Winnipeg School Division for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 School years. I have been a member of the Finance Committee, French Language Advisory Committee, South End Advisory Committee, Must Fund Committee of MSBA, Winnipeg Teacher's Association Committee, and the Ward Boundaries Review Committee.

I am a lawyer by career and own and operate a 10 lawyer law firm where I am the managing partner. I have handled million dollar budgets in the private sector as well as managing 15 employees. At the WSD I help administer a 374 million dollar budget.

What are some issues that you would like to stand for in your role as School Trustee, and why are these issues important to you?

I am committed to closing the achievement gap between students of differing socio-economic backgrounds. I am committed to the expansion of Full Day Nursery/ Full Day Kindergarten programs.

I am committed to prioritizing funding for the arts, science and math education. I want to continue to reform how the Division conducts math instruction in the early years and see that the WSD becomes a leader in this area. I am interested in expanding enrichment programs in the WSD including creating an IB program for the middle years. I would also like to see the WSD develop a junior and senior high Arts Academy where students can receive special training in theatre, music, film, graphic and classical arts.

I am committed to making the WSD more environmentally sustainable. I would like to develop an active transportation policy and create a division wide "walking school bus" program. I want to continue with our energy retrofits of our aging buildings and the continual upgrading of our water lines to allow more water bottle refilling stations in our schools.

I am committed to lobbying the government to increase funding to schools to ease the burden on property taxpayers.

What is one thing in particular that you appreciate about the school ward or school division you wish to represent?

My ward is diverse. With the neighbourhoods of Earl Grey, Fort Rouge, Crescentwood and North River Heights the needs and expectations of the citizens are varied. Each neighbourhood has its own concerns and challenges and special care needs to be given to address each communities priorities.

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

I believe in an education system that enhances democracy, builds citizenship and develops community in our youth. I value diversity, inclusion, creativity, and rigorous academic standards. All my decisions will have those values and goals in mind.

I want to see students who are creative, who are engaged in critical thinking and who are socially responsible. The policies that I will support and the initiatives I will create will have that as there focus.

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News that Mentions Mark Wasyliw

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Province gives Winnipeg School Division 6 more months to meet scathing report ...

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

School board Chair Mark Wasyliw said he heard about the extension though the media,. "I'm obviously concerned the province is releasing this information to the media without contacting myself or the board," Wasyliw said in a statement. "It is a sign of ...

Why does this stuff always happen in WSD?

Monday, 14 December 2015

Both board chair Mark Wasyliw and finance chair Chris Broughton told me that there was absolutely nothing to those rumours. But I've now heard essentially the same thing from two very senior superintendents in other divisions, one said to me directly ...

Racism towards Syrian students tears through Winnipeg School Division

Monday, 07 December 2015

So far, the division has precious few details, but vowed it can act without delay once it knows where the new Canadians will be living. Board chairman Mark Wasyliw pointed out the division has no control over where the kids will live, so once they ...

Proposed $20Kperstudent high school hockey academy raises enrolment concerns

Monday, 16 November 2015

No one has worked out any rules for how those 44 boys get accepted both academically and athletically, board chairman Mark Wasyliw said Monday. Nor are there any rules worked out how they would compete for space with the hundreds of students who ...

After contracting out failed, WSD bus drivers get 22.7% raise

Wednesday, 04 November 2015

Finance chairwoman Sherri Rollins and board chairman Mark Wasyliw argued the jump in pay is necessary to remain competitive with other school divisions and to retain bus drivers. Wasyliw said the private operator underpaid its drivers and gave them ...

Mayes to be liaison for school divisions at city hall

Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Winnipeg School Division is looking forward to working with Mayes, said board chairman Mark Wasyliw. "I was delighted that this change had occurred. Coun. Mayes is a former school trustee, as are Couns. Orlikow and (Cindy) Gilroy-Price. There is ...

Wolves kill 4 dogs in beach country north of Winnipeg

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Wolves have killed four large dogs and injured another at cottage communities north of Winnipeg in the past two weeks, prompting a warning to pet owners in the area to keep their animals indoors. Two dogs were killed in Hillside Beach and the third was ...

CUPE backs suspended WSD trustee, says treatment of Babinsky 'ridiculous'

Monday, 21 September 2015

... that he undergo anger management or respectful workplace training, and that he enter into mediation should the employee wish him to do so. Babinsky and WSD board chairman Mark Wasyliw could not be reached Monday. [email protected] ...

More foul language from Pat Martin has opponents calling for personal apologies

Monday, 21 September 2015

Winnipeg Centre NDP candidate Pat Martin says he's sorry for language he's used on the campaign trail in the past week, but two of his opponents want personal apologies from the longtime MP. "Over the last few days I have used some intemperate ...

Father of 4 dies in shooting involving police north of Winnipeg 2:14

Monday, 21 September 2015

Mark Wasyliw Winnipeg School Division seeks $14M in cost savings read comments; Winnipeg Jets set to take off from different kind of runway read comments; OPINION: Will Trudeau destroy the first-past-the-post ring of power? read comments; Zebra ...

Two WSD trustees not in the club

Friday, 18 September 2015

As dysfunctional as the ongoing Mike Babinsky saga makes Winnipeg School Division's board of trustees, it's also clear that the other seven trustees have frozen out Cathy Collins. She was the finance chair not so long ago, and along with Babinsky and ...

Candidate wants apology, NDP to dump Pat Martin for 'son of a bitch' comment

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Tempers flared at a federal election forum in downtown Winnipeg, where NDP incumbent Pat Martin was heard saying "son of a bitch" while being grilled by a Green Party candidate. Martin, who has represented Winnipeg Centre for the NDP since 1997, was ...

Paint flaking off Ford Escapes has Manitoba customers seeing red

Thursday, 17 September 2015

They may be built "Ford tough" but some Ford Escape owners in Winnipeg say the paint on the vehicle doesn't live up to the slogan. Sharon Mohammed had owned her 2012 SUV for just over three years when she first spotted the problem in the rear wheel ...

Anyone thinks there won't be a next time for Babinsky?

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Board chair Mark Wasyliw had earlier acknowledged that the employee is a senior staffer, and that the harassment charge was not sexual in nature. He wouldn't name names. Then, Monday night, trustees finally said publicly that Babinsky was the unnamed ...

Trustee won't say if he'll obey ban

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Board chairman Mark Wasyliw would only say Tuesday that, "The actions of trustee Babinsky amounted to him being fixated on a particular employee and making repeated disparaging and disrespectful comments about this employee to the board, senior ...

Winnipeg trustee punished for harassment of school division employee

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

"Trustees are held to a high standard," said division chairman Mark Wasyliw. "It's disrespectful to abuse authority and I hope Trustee Babinsky has learned from this situation." Wasyliw also said the board will work with Babinsky to resolve the conflict.

WSD censures Babinsky for harassment

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Board chair Mark Wasyliw previously said if Babinsky continued with his disrespectful behaviour, the next step would be to suspend him from the board for a spell, with the ultimate sanction — removing him from the board altogether — not out of the ...

School trustee Mike Babinsky's harassment suspension first in Manitoba

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Controversial Winnipeg School Division trustee Mike Babinsky is barred from board meetings for a month after an investigator found he breached the division's harassment prevention policy. Board chair Mark Wasyliw calls the move a first in Manitoba's ...

How did your Manitoba neighbours vote in the last federal election?

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Mark Wasyliw Winnipeg School Division seeks $14M in cost savings read comments; Winnipeg Jets set to take off from different kind of runway read comments; OPINION: Will Trudeau destroy the first-past-the-post ring of power? read comments; Zebra ...

WSD trustee Babinsky barred for harassing employee

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS files Mark Wasyliw. WINNIPEG School Division trustees have taken the extraordinary step of barring trustee Mike Babinsky for a month after an investigation showed he repeatedly harassed an unidentified ...

Winnipeg school trustee broke harassment policy

Monday, 14 September 2015

“Trustees are held to a high standard,” said WSD Chair Mark Wasyliw, “It's disrespectful to abuse authority and I hope Trustee Babinsky has learned from this situation.” Babinky was also barred from Board of Trustees meetings for 30 days, between ...

WSD trustee barred from office for a month for alleged intimidation ...

Monday, 14 September 2015

Board chair Mark Wasyliw said in interviews this summer that the harassment allegation came from a senior staff member, and that it was not sexual harassment which was being alleged. This was the first time that Babinsky was publicly named as the ...

WSD trustees reelect Wasyliw as chair

Monday, 14 September 2015

Trustees re-elected Mark Wasyliw as board chair Monday night. Winnipeg School Division board chairman Mark Wasyliw. (Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press files). At the first WSD meeting to be live streamed, trustees also named Sherri Rollins as ...

Winnipeg Jets prospect Nikolaj Ehlers says he's ready to make jump to the NHL

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Nikolaj Ehlers has every intention of playing in the NHL this season. It's up to him to show he deserves one of the jobs available with the Winnipeg Jets. After attending training camp with the club last season, the slick Danish winger dominated junior ...

Winnipeg Police Board indigenous council members unveiled

Friday, 11 September 2015

At least one member of the Winnipeg Police Board says a shift in societal attitudes is needed to address root issues when it comes to missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. Leslie Spillett, a member of the police board, said there are many ...

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