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Should trustees be cut?

The public is being invited to have their say on whether the number of trustees on the North Okanagan Shuswap school board should be cut.

Trustees were fired from their nine-member board by the education minister last year following a special advisor's report and a loss of public confidence, although a couple of trustees had already quit.

Former Surrey school district superintendent Mike McKay was appointed as official trustee for School District 83 in their place. He is expected to remain in that position until the next scheduled election.

One of the recommendations in the special advisor's June 2016 report was to consider a reduction in the number of elected trustees.

McKay has begun work with partner groups on a possible plan and now invites input from the public prior to finalizing a recommendation for the eduction ministry before the end of December.

Options include:

  • maintaining the status quo of nine trustees from the seven wards across the school district
  • reducing the size of the board to seven trustees, with various options to achieve that reduction
  • reducing the size of the board to five trustees, with various options to achieve that reduction

Residents can provide feedback online, suggest a different option or send an email with their thoughts on the subject.

The deadline for input is Dec. 8.

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