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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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Twentynine hopefuls want spot in WSD

Friday, 17 October 2014

Two of those incumbents fit the criteria: Mark Wasyliw in Ward 3 and Cathy Collins in Ward 4. The longest-serving member of the board is running again in Ward 8 -- populist maverick Mike Babinsky has never been a member of the club, and as such has not ...

Province's largest school division bans ecigarettes

Tuesday, 07 October 2014

Only Babinsky, Mark Wasyliw and Cathy Collins are seeking re-election, guaranteeing the board's largest turnover in recent years. Wasyliw urged the board to avoid ambiguity and confrontation in schools. He scoffed that, "It's unlikely we'll come back ...

Province's largest school division bans ecigarettes

Monday, 06 October 2014

Only Babinsky, Mark Wasyliw and Cathy Collins are seeking re-election, guaranteeing the board's largest turnover in recent years. Wasyliw urged the board to avoid ambiguity and confrontation in schools. He scoffed that, "It's unlikely we'll come back ...

Province's largest school division bans ecigarettes

Monday, 06 October 2014

Only Babinsky, Mark Wasyliw and Cathy Collins are seeking re-election, guaranteeing the board's largest turnover in recent years. Wasyliw urged the board to avoid ambiguity and confrontation in schools. He scoffed that, "It's unlikely we'll come back ...

Personal attacks taking over school board elections

Monday, 22 September 2014

I follow incumbent trustee Mark Wasyliw on Twitter and haven't yet found this link he allegedly posted. What Wasyliw does is regularly post links to reasoned, thoughtful analytical pieces that other people have written about issues in education, many ...

Student protests and oodles of other stuff, even some that's relevant

Monday, 21 July 2014

I need to rejuvenate and rest up for the non-stop excitement and drama and intrigue of what may very well be my last school boards election campaign. And a crackerjack of an election it will be. Coming to work today, I saw a re-elect trustee Mark ...

Babinsky circus obscures crucial issues

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Trustees were falling over each other to defend the integrity of staff — trustee Mark Wasyliw, a lawyer, obviously spotted the minefield through which Babinsky was stomping. Babinsky also raised the issue of agendas, such as they are. How come ...

Most of trustee's ideas fail at board meeting

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Trustee Mark Wasyliw emphasized further study is not an attack on the integrity of the senior managers. "The (public) perception of bias is my concern, even though nothing untoward is happening," said Wasyliw. "We're certainly getting them cheap ...

Opendoor policy on hot issues advised

Friday, 14 June 2013

WITH hot-button issues galore facing Winnipeg School Division, it might be a good time to deal with them in public, trustee Mark Wasyliw said Thursday. If WSD keeps doing its business behind closed doors, "we're going to be so disconnected from the ...

Why your school taxes are going up Chapter 1

Friday, 11 January 2013

Winnipeg School Division deputy chair Mark Wasyliw said in a recent article that some of the major downtown construction projects received a 20-year property tax deferment as an incentive to build — thus denying both the city and the school division ...

Traffic woes at schools 'universal complaint'

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

"It was a universal complaint about every school," said trustee Mark Wasyliw, but "no two schools are similar." Earlier this year, trustee Mike Babinsky requested a staff report on traffic problems around Meadows West School, near Keewatin Street in ...

Weeding out the chemicals

Saturday, 19 May 2012

... midnight Monday. “Trustees continue to follow three key principles to align with the community's needs: minimize disruption to families; provide consistency in terms of daycare; and support the needs of the community,” said WSD Board Chair Mark ...

Math program under review

Tuesday, 08 May 2012

Rookie trustee Mark Wasyliw brought three diverse and potentially controversial motions before the board Monday night, and all three ended up getting bounced to the board's policy program committee. Wasyliw made an impassioned plea to review and then ...

Trustee censured for comments

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

After less than four months in office, Winnipeg School Division rookie trustee Mark Wasyliw has suffered the rare ignominy of being formally censured by his colleagues. The school board imposed censure late Monday after meeting for more than two hours ...

WSD trustees censure Wasyliw over comments on North End schools

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Winnipeg School Division trustees have censured rookie trustee Mark Wasyliw over comments he made about North End schools. Saying he is deeply ashamed and embarrassed, Winnipeg Wasyliw apologized Monday night to the people of the North End ...

Brian Mayes wins city council byelection in St. Vital

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Voter turnout in St. Vital was 20 per cent, according to City of Winnipeg deputy clerk Marc Lemoine. Overall voter turnout in the St. Vital byelection and the trustee races for the Louis Riel and Winnipeg school divisions was 12.7 per cent, he said ...

Packed field for city race

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Why the vacancy? Joyce Bateman resigned to make a successful federal run as a Conservative in Winnipeg South Centre. Who's running to replace her? Colleen McFadden, Brenda Poersch, Ben Shedden, Gerrit Theule, Evan Thompson, Mark Wasyliw and ...

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