Sidekick Players founder to run for Delta School Board

Carroll Allan the first to announce candidacy

  • Sep. 1, 2011 9:00 a.m.

Carroll Allan

A familiar name and face in Delta theatre is setting her sights on the political stage.

Longtime resident and founder and president of Delta theatre company, The Sidekick Players Club, Carroll (Lefebvre) Allan has announced her bid to run for Delta School Board.

“As a grandmother and mother, I care deeply about quality, accessibility and the best public education for all of our children,” she said in a press release.

Allan’s two daughters attended Tsawwassen Junior School as well as South Delta Secondary School and a generation later, two of her five grandchildren attended South Park Elementary School.

Allan said she is concerned about the future of Delta’s schools especially after the present school board closed two schools in South Delta. “What will happen if more schools are closed or sold?” she said. “Stats Canada is predicting a growth in school enrolments over the next several years. That will happen here as well. Where will your children have to be bussed if there aren’t enough schools in the district?”

Allan said that with budget cuts, programs have been cut that have been detrimental to the children. Cutting the arts and physical education is wrong, she added.

She said she wants to give the kids of Delta the best education in the best schools in British Columbia.

“I want them to have the chance to be the best they can be. But they and the teachers need all the right tools and information and education to make that happen. The provincial government has to understand that education is not dispensable. It shouldn’t take a back seat to infrastructure, commercial sports facilities (BC Place) and on and on and on. Education should be the number one priority in everyone’s budget with absolutely zero cuts.”

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