Mark Olsen is seeking a second term as a Vernon School District trustee.
"The past four years have been a great experience, and we have achieved a considerable number of positive results in that time. I want to be a part of the continued growth of our students and district and ensure implementation of our new strategic plan," Olsen said in a press release.
Olsen has served on many district committees, including the Indigenous education advisory committee,
health and safety, as well as being involved in budget and board policy development. He has also represented the district at regionally and provincially regarding funding and governance.
Olsen previously served as a director for the North Okanagan Shuswap United Way and as vice-chair and secretary treasurer of the provincial K-12 President’s Council.
Olsen has 35 years of experience in the school system, including over 30 years as a school district employee.
"I feel my experience in the public education system has been a valuable asset to the school board, giving me a unique perspective on the public school system and allowing me to help ensure a better learning and working environment for our students and staff," says Olsen.
"My extensive involvement with administrators, parent groups, teachers, and support staff has given me a broad understanding of the issues, challenges and frustrations of students, parents and employees."
He says while there has been much success, there are still issues that need to be further addressed.
"One of my main goals in the next term is to eliminate the discrepancy in success rates between Indigenous and non-indigenous students and to elevate the success rate for students with diverse needs. For too many years, we have seen this gap in achievements exist and it must change."