Elections 2017 - PRSD prepares for school trustee elections

Elections 2017 - PRSD prepares for school trustee elections

Nomination Day - September 18, 2017
Election Day - October 16, 2017

The community voice of locally-elected Alberta school board trustees is very important and that’s why preparations are well under way at Peace River School Division (PRSD) for this fall’s school board trustee elections.

“School board trustees are elected to serve and advocate for children and to be the voice of their local communities” says PRSD Board Chair Darren Kuester. “Education is one of the most important issues in every community, whether or not you have school-aged children, the education of our youth is everyone’s business and school trustees help to make schools and communities a better place.”

PRSD provides high quality public education that includes academic programming,  fine arts, career and technology studies, second language studies, as well as a broad variety of wellness, leadership, mentorship, extracurricular and sports programs for approximately 2900 students in 21 schools.  PRSD employs over 500 staff and operates school bus transportation for 3000 students attending four school districts in the region.

“Our communities are knowledgeable, engaged and care about education,” says Kuester. “That’s why we want to get the word out now that this is a school board election year, so people can start thinking about whether they would like to run and what they need to know before they make their decision. You do not need to have a background in education to be a school trustee – you just need to be passionate about serving students, community and have a willingness to learn.”

Nomination Day in Alberta is Monday, September 18, 2017 and municipal and school board trustee Election Day in Alberta is Monday, October 16, 2017.

Across the province, there are 61 public, separate and francophone school boards – all represented by the Alberta School Boards Association – with a total of more than 400 locally-elected school board trustees. School trustees collectively make decisions on behalf of about 600,000 students in kindergarten to Grade 12, and decide the best ways to allocate a total of $6 billion in taxpayer dollars on local education priorities.

To learn more about school trusteeship, visit PRSD’s 2017 Elections webpage here