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School board spots up for grabs

Important jobs ensuring student success are up for grabs.

It’s almost time to submit nominations for school board trustee positions. Nominations are open from 9 a.m. on Oct. 4 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 14.

Five positions are open for the Greater Campbell River area, one for the Sayward Valley, and one for Quadra Island. Voting will take place on Nov. 19 along with the rest of the municipal election voting.

School District secretary-treasurer Peter Neale said previous elections have had a healthy turn out of nominees.

“Traditionally, we have had more candidates than positions for trustees, so it’s usually a fairly healthy competitive process, particularly for those who are very passionate about it and feel they could add some real value to their role as trustee,” said Neale, adding that he hopes this year will be the same.

According to Neale, the role of trustee is almost like a “community consultant,” in that responsibilities include developing policy for the school district, ensuring that staff are accountable for their positions and responsibilities, ensuring budgets are on track, and ensuring that the school district is meeting the needs of the community.

Criteria for nomination include:

-must be a Canadian citizen, 18 years or older on voting day

-must have lived in B.C. for at least six months before filling out nomination papers

-must not be disqualified by the School Act, Local Government Act, or any other law or enactment

Positions run for an approximate three year term.

Visit www.sd72.bc.ca and click on Our Board then Trustee Elections for more information and nomination forms.

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