Machacek reflects on first months as rep for Holy Spirit

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Thomas Machacek is the newest trustee member on the Holy Spirit School board representing the area of Bow Island and Taber with schools of St. Patrick, St. Mary’s, and St. Mike’s. Machacek has been an active member in Taber and the surrounding district both serving as a councillor for the M.D. of Taber and the Taber Chamber of Commerce.

“I have spent the last six months now getting up to speed with what’s happening at the Holy Spirit Division and also with provincial curriculum and all the things happening there,” said Machacek. “So, it’s been a learning experience for me. I have had some experience with municipal governments. I sat as a councillor on the (M.D. of Taber) for two years, I’ve been involved with the chamber of commerce, been active in Cornfest, and I do a lot of community volunteering and community work. I’m pretty used to what this community is up to, and as the representative from the community and Holy Spirit, I think I bring a good perspective of this community to the Holy Spirit school board.”

As a trustee, Machacek serves in an oversight position of the Holy Spirit School board and as a representative of three separate schools. He ends up attending three board meetings a month, as well as attending other functions such as graduation.

“So, as a trustee, it’s a lot like being a councillor for the Town or the M.D. We are an oversight position providing direction,” said Machacek. “At the end of the day, we’re responsible for the operations of the division and we’re all accountable to the voters.”

Machacek also discussed what he hopes to accomplish as a new trustee and the value that he brings to the Holy Spirit school board.

“To get up to speed as quickly as possible, and to provide some of my skill set and my talent to better the division, and also ultimately to better the education of the students in the area,” said Machacek.

Finally, Machacek’s thoughts on the Holy Spirit school board were positive to the current state of affairs but still show a desire for improvement. “I think we have a good school system in Taber and in the province,” said Machacek “We’re doing a good job for up and coming young people and we just need to strive to be better.”

Ian Croft, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Taber Times

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