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Decision on trustees

The last school board in the North Okanagan Shuswap school district was fired.

Next month, the man who replaced the board in June, 2016 will make a recommendation to B.C.'s education minister about how many trustees should be on a new board when an election is held next year.

At a meeting at Pleasant Valley Secondary in Amstrong Tuesday night, official trustee Mike McKay outlined the options being considered, but added he is still open to other suggestions.

These include:

  • maintaining the status quo (nine trustees)
  • changing to a seven member board
  • changing to a five member board

McKay will present the final recommendation to Education Minister Rob Fleming by the end of December, to give the minister time for review and to make a decision well ahead of the next election in October, 2018.

School District 83's lone trustee stressed last night that whatever option is chosen, once a trustee is elected and swears the oath of office, he or she is responsible for students in the entire district.

A feedback form is on the district's website or, if requested, a paper version is available from neighbourhood schools. 

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