The community voice of locally-elected Alberta school board trustees is very important and that’s why preparations are 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 board 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 3000 students in 21 schools. PRSD employs over 500 staff and operates school bus transportation for 2900 students attending four school divisions in the region.
You do not need to have a background in education to be a school board trustee – you just need to be passionate about serving students, community and have a willingness to learn.
“Our communities are knowledgeable, engaged and care about education,” says Kuester. “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 board trustee – you just need to be passionate about serving students, community and have a willingness to learn.”
As per changes to the Local Authorities Election Act, nominations are being accepted between January 1, 2021 up to and including September 20, 2021. Nominations will not be accepted after 12:00 pm September 20, 2021. The municipal and school board trustee Election Day in Alberta is Monday, October 18, 2021.
A "Candidate Nomination Package” can be found on the PRSD website, under “Board of Trustees” at prsd.ab.ca or can also be picked up at PRSD Central Operations located at 4702-51 street in Grimshaw, Alberta.
To learn more about school board trusteeship, visit PRSD’s 2021 Elections webpage.