Why am I running for RE-ELECTION?

Anthony Danko - Oakville Catholic TrusteeBack in 2009, the provincial government passed the Student Achievement and School Board Governance Act, more commonly known as Bill 177.

This act more clearly defined the duties of school trustees or the "elected members" of the school board.

The bill defined the main task of the board as "develop[ing] a multi-year plan aimed at achieving the goals" surrounding student achievement and stewardship.



Anthony's Results 2006-2014:

                      Danko - Oakville Catholic Trustee
  • Chaired the board's elementary school Ad Hoc Uniform Committee
  • Fought for and won a policy requiring greater transparency relating to employee travel expenses.
  • Stood up for the principle of parental consent regarding in-school health programs
  • Sponsored a motion requiring balanced budgets
  • Voted against adding a trustee position during a time of severe fiscal challenges
  • Sponsored a motion to keep families and communities together with regard to a school boundary review
  • Sponsored a motion to report on the viability of rehabilitating Assumption Secondary School
  • He sponsored the board resolution to prioritize the reconstruction of St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary school after years of Board inaction
  • Successfully re-introduced the committee system in the areas of policy development and strategic planning
  • Has fought for greater transparency and accountability with regard to trustee expenses
  • Fought for more objective methods of student assessment
  • Successfully restored trustee input into the selection of Principals
Listening to Ratepayers

The bill also called upon the elected people of a board to consult with electors and to bring their concerns to the board. Our board has recently conducted a series of "town hall" style meetings but it has not to date enacted a policy that describes how public feedback is incorporated into the strategic planning process.

Plan, Prioritize and Act

As a Trustee over the past eight years, I've focused my initiatives on 3 main areas:
1) maintaining our integrity as atruly Catholic institution;
2) investing our resources directly into student achievement;
3) strategic planning process that includes public participation

My goal over the next term will be to propose and develop a Strategic Planning Policy that helps the board and define its priorities in collaboration with the Catholic ratepayers of Oakville and Halton.