Friday, August 17, 2018

SD52 outlines nomination process for upcoming School District Board election

Like their municipal counterparts at City Hall, School District 52's Board is up for election this October and this week SD52 outlined the nomination process for those seeking to serve education in the region.

Six Trustees are to be elected in Zone One, which is within the City of Prince Rupert municipal borders, while an additional Rural seat, Zone Two is available for Port Edward and the area surrounding the city.


ZONE ONE (Prince Rupert)

Nominations for Zone One are to be delivered to Corinne Bomben, the Chief Electoral Officer at Prince Rupert City Hall, 424 3rd Avenue West Prince Rupert 

Nominations can be submitted from September 4 to 14, from 9:30 to 4:30.


ZONE TWO (Port Edward, North Coast Regional District)

Nominations for Zone Two in Port Edward are to be delivered to Polly Pereira, the Chief Electoral Officer at the District of Port Edward offices, 770 Pacific Avenue Port Edward 

Nominations can be submitted from September 4 to 14,  from 9 until 4 PM

Nominations for Zone Two in all other areas outside of Port Edward are to be delivered to Daniel Fish, Chief Electoral Officer for the North Coast Regional District, 14 - 342 3rd Avenue West, Prince Rupert

Nominations can be submitted from September 4 to 14,  from 9 to 4 PM

Zone Two nominations can also be delivered to the School District 52 offices at 634 6th Avenue in Prince Rupert


Those seeking a spot on the School District 52 Board must meet the following qualifications:

Canadian Citizen

18 years of age and older on voting day

Resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before the nomination papers are filed.

A person or the commander of an Armed Forces unit who has been granted freedom of the municipality, if that person is a Canadian citizen

Not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding the office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

For more information related to the School District nomination and election process contact Cameron McIntyre, Chief Election Officer for SD52 at 250-627-0774

Prince Rupert School District 52 membership as of
August, nominations are now being received for those interested
in contesting the 2018 election for SD52 board

The upcoming election in October will provide the School District with an opportunity to finally return to a full complement of Board members.

SD52's Board operated one member short for three of its four year mandate following the resignation of Judy Carlick Pearson in November of 2015, that after her first year of service.

The School District never publicly announced it, but they seemingly decided not to move forward with a by-election to fill that seat over the course of the last few years.

That after a long running disagreement with City of Prince Rupert over the cost and city's process for hosting the required by-election to fill the empty spot.

The by-election issue and the city's handling of zoning of the Kanata School lands were two of the larger irritants between the School District and Prince Rupert City Council over the last four years.

Residents of the North Coast go to the polls on October 20th with municipal, regional and School District seats up for grabs for those candidates putting their names forward.

You can review more notes on education on the North Coast and across the Northwest from our archive pages here.

For a look at the Municipal election scene across the Northwest see our archive page here.

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