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Friday, 17 February 2017 08:00

Byelection set to fill Oyen/New Brigden trustee vacancies

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There will be an election in Ward 1 for the Prairie Rose School Division (PRSD) with residents in the northeast portion of the division heading to the polls March 9.

Vacancies were created on the board in both Ward 1 (New Brigden, Oyen, Acadia Valley, Bindloss and area) and Ward 4 (Redcliff, Ralston, Jenner and area) with the resignations of Christie Dick and Bob Wickens, respectively, in January.
Nominations for the two Ward 1 positions and one Ward 4 position closed Feb. 9. At that time, only one person put forth her name to represent Ward 4 so Pamela Cursons was acclaimed.
Four people put forward their names to represent only two positions in Ward 1. They include Lois Bedwell, Lucille Hertz, Daryl Yake and James Ness.
The byelection in Ward 1 one will take place March 9.
Byelection details were discussed at the Feb. 14 regular board meeting.
One of the bylaws on the board’s table was to allow the returning officer to set up more than one voting station in the ward.
“Given the size of the division and of the wards, I think it only makes sense to have more than one voting station,” said Ryan Boser, secretary-treasurer and also PRSD’s returning officer.
The bylaw needed three readings to pass in one meeting. It was read a first and second time and passed after each. Then the trustees agreed to present it for third reading and approval.
Voting stations will likely be set up in three locations in Ward 1 which will include Oyen, New Brigden and Acadia Valley.
Trustees also dealt with a motion to allow for an advanced voting date in Ward 1.
“Under the Local Authority Elections Act, you can authorize us to hold an advanced vote,” explained Boser. “I think it is a good thing to hold an advanced vote to give people every  opportunity to vote.”
Trustees were in support of having an advanced voting day. That will be March 2, but voting will only take place in one central location in the Ward on that day, likely in Oyen.
Once the election is held and the votes counted, all successful trustees, including Cursons who was acclaimed, will be sworn in at the March 14 public board meeting.
More information about the byelection process can be found on Prairie Rose’s website as well as in local newspapers.
Special Board Meeting
PRSD’s board of trustees will hold a special meeting over the course of two days Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18.
The meeting will be held in-camera as it deals with a personnel matter, namely the possible selection of a new superintendent to replace current Superintendent Brian Andjelic who will be retiring this summer.
The outcome of the meeting could be an offer of a contract to one of the applicants as well as delegating two trustees to negotiate a contract.
The name of the person who could be offered the job will not be made known until the offer has been accepted, the contract negotiated and the Minister of Education given his approval which could take some time.

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