|2018 Trustee Elections
Thank you for considering standing for election to the SD51 (Boundary) Board. Being a School Board Trustee is a challenging and rewarding role. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions:
What exactly does a Trustee do?
The work of each trustee is unique. School trustees are the members of the school district’s board of education. They are locally-elected representatives of the public and they are the community’s advocates for public education in their local school district. They are required to carry out their responsibilities in a manner that assists the board in fulfilling its duties under the School Act. A trustee’s role is to maintain a focus on student achievement and well-being, and to participate in making decisions that benefit the entire district while representing the interests of their community.
This document published by the British Columbia School Board Trustee Association provides more detail in to the roles and responsibility of a trustee.
What is the time commitment?
Time commitments vary by trustee and the time of year. Board of Education meeting schedule for the Board can be found below. A list of committees and their representatives can be found under quick links (see left margin)
This document published by the British Columbia School Board Trustee Association provides an example of an annual schedule for one trustee.
What qualifications do I need?
To be eligible to stand for election to a board of education:
- you must be a Canadian citizen
- 18 or older on voting day
- a BC Resident for at least 6 months
- not disqualified under the school act for holding office as a trustee
Trustees come from a wide range of backgrounds and all bring a unique skill set to their work. This document published by the British Columbia School Board Trustee Association lists some skills and experience that could be potential assets for trustee candidates.
- Campaign Period: September 22, 2018 – October 20, 2018
- General Voting Day: October 20, 2018
- Financing Disclosure Statement Filing Deadline: January 18, 2019
- Financing Disclosure Statement Late Filing Deadline with $500 Late Filing Fee: February 19, 2019
More information can be found at the following links.
BC School Act (Manual of School Law)
School Trustee Election Procedures (Ministry of Education)
General Local Elections 2018 (Local Government)
Trustee Elections 2018 Resources (BCSTA)
2018 General Local Elections (Elections BC)
Local Elections FAQ (Elections BC)
Expense Limits for 2018 General Local Elections (Elections BC)
CivicInfo BC (publication of election results and other election data)
Election Bylaw SD51 - click here
If you have any questions regarding the SD51 (Boundary) Election please feel free to contact:
Boundary School District serves the communities of Christina Lake,
Grand Forks, Greenwood, Midway, Rock Creek, Bridesville, Westbridge,
Beaverdell, Big White and the surrounding rural areas.
Jeanette Hanlon - Chief Election Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Charlene Wiebe - Deputy Chief Election Officer at email@example.com or 250-442-8258.