Maple Ridge election 2014: Gary Cleave

For Maple Ridge trustee.

  • Nov. 12, 2014 6:00 a.m.

For Maple Ridge trustee

• Name: Gary Cleave.

• Residence: Fraserview Village, Maple Ridge.

• Occupation/education: Development officer, DARE B.C. Society;  BA in political science and sociology from SFU.

• Volunteer work: church.



Question: Please provide an example of what you have done that qualifies you for school board.

Answer: I worked for the school district in a variety of capacities from 1996 to 2009. I am intimately familiar with school district operations and the needs of our students.



Q: Why are you running for trustee?

A: I believe the public school system is one of the most important institutions in our society.



Q: What makes you stand out from other candidates?

A:  I am running for mayor and school trustee. If elected to both positions, I will donate a total of $150,000 of my combined salaries over the next four years to our underfunded school system.



Q:  How do you see the school district changing in the next 10 years?

A: The student population will grow in some areas and decline in others. Managing growth with the limited funding we receive from the provincial government will be our biggest challenge.





Q: What will be your top priority if elected to school board?

A:  We must find ways to ensure that every dollar we receive from the provincial government supports student learning. We must also find additional sources of funding from within our community.