AMHERST – Despite the challenges, David Myles enjoys being part of team that’s focused on providing the best education possible to students across the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.
Myles, the former rector of Christ Anglican Church, has been involved in the education system for nearly 50 years, including time on the former Cumberland District School Board. He’s an original member of the existing board.
“I have enjoyed my time working on the school board and am committed to the people of Amherst as their representative to the board and to the entire area,” said Myles, who has a masters in education. “I have always had an interest in young people.”
Myles is one of two people running for Amherst’s seat on the regional school people. Richard Allen is the other candidate.
The school board, he said, has faced some huge challenges in recent years with a series of funding cuts from the provincial government. He said these cuts, based on declining enrolment, have partially dismantled and threatened what he considers the best education system in the province.
Several years ago, he said, the board was near the bottom in student achievement. Today, he added, it’s near the top with new and innovative programs focusing on early literacy and math and student achievement.
“I believe the superintendent said it perfectly when he said fewer students do not mean fewer demands or lowered expectations,” Myles said. “We have to remain committed to maintaining the high levels of learning and offering our students a wide diversity of programs and activities that allow them to continue to grow socially, academically and personally in a safe, socially-just learning environment.”
Myles is a big supporter of the board’s early literacy support program that tracks students through Grade 3 and reaches out through intervention programs to provide them the support they require.
He also supports programs that help at-risk students by fostering an atmosphere where school is the right place to be.
He is also pleased the board has made a site selection recommendation for the new West Highlands and feels it’s now up to the board and the community to make sure the province follows through with its commitment to build the school, as promised in 2010.