5 Member School Board
When elections for a new School District No. 83 Board of Education are held in October, the North Okanagan-Shuswap area will be electing five trustees.
Minister of Education Rob Fleming notified the district on Thursday that he had signed a Ministerial Order changing the composition of the board to five trustees from the former nine. The decision is in keeping with Official Trustee Mike McKay’s recommendations. The order also outlines each of the areas that trustees will represent:
• North Shuswap/Sorrento/Carlin - one trustee
• Salmon Arm - two trustees
• Sicamous/Malakwa/Enderby/Grindrod - one trustee
• Armstrong/Spallumcheen/Falkland/Silver Creek/Ranchero - one trustee
“I’m pleased with the Minister’s decision. The school district’s communities now know what the structure of the board will be, and individuals interested in standing for office can begin planning and moving forward,” stated McKay.
McKay added he has directed district staff to develop sessions for people considering running for trustee. Information will be shared through the website and media when details are finalized.
“With the work that has been done to meet the recommendations of the Watson Report, I am confident that the district will be in a good place for the incoming board to take on its governance role.”
To arrive at his original recommendation, McKay held discussions with local area government agencies, First Nations Band representatives, and considered options at the Partner Group Table through a Working Group sub-committee. Face-to-face meetings were held and feedback was also invited from the general community on-line.
“Throughout the feedback process, it became clear that there wasn’t a single option that was universally supported,” said McKay. “But after much consideration, I felt this option would best serve the communities of our district.”