Saturday, Jan 20, 2018
School Board wants Neufeld gone
By Evelyn Novak, Supt. Schools SD33/Voice file photos
he Chilliwack Board of Education passed a motion during an In-Camera Meeting on January 18, 2018 requesting the resignation of Trustee Barry Neufeld because of a loss in confidence, by Partners in Learning and the Board of Education, in Trustee Neufeld’s ability to effectively perform the duties of a Trustee.
Trustee Neufeld has publicly expressed strong opinions in opposition to the changes in the BC Human Rights Code that was expanded to include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, as well as initiatives around the provincial curriculum that include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity topics. Trustee Neufeld’s public statements have led partner groups to contact the Board of Education expressing concerns for his public actions that demonstrate intolerance, are contrary to the BC Human Rights Code and contrary to the views of the Board of Education.
Chilliwack School District 33 Superintendent Evelyn Novak serves Bernard Elementary students in 2012.
The Board has received many
letters, including from the Chilliwack School District
Parent Advisory Council, the Chilliwack Teachers’
Association, CUPE, BCGEU, the BC Confederation of Parent
Advisory Councils and the Fraser Valley Labour Council
denouncing Trustee Neufeld’s controversial comments,
expressing loss of confidence in Trustee Neufeld and calling
for his resignation.