Salmon Arm  

SD 83 to have fewer trustees

The decision has been made to reduce the number of board trustees at School District 83.

Minister of Education Rob Fleming told the district of the impending change last week. 

Official Trustee Mike McKay made the recommendations to go from nine board trustees to five. 

  • 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.

"I am confident that the district will be in a good place for the incoming board to take on its governance role.”

McKay held discussions with local stakeholders and sub-committees to arrive at his original recommendation.  

Face-to-face meetings were also held and feedback was 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.”

The change will come into effect following the October election.

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