School board elections take place on October 18, 2021. If you’re passionate about kids and public education, you may want to consider running for school trustee.
Do I have what it takes to be a school board trustee?
Successful school board trustees put the needs of students first. They run for office because they passionately believe a quality education is one of the most important things a community can do for its students.
Do I need to be an expert in education?
No, you don’t. The school board trustee does not serve as a professional educator or as the spokesperson for a particular interest group or religion. The ideal school board includes people from all aspects of life and is as representative as possible of the community it serves.
This series of videos may help answer some of your questions about trusteeship.
- Video: What skills do you require to be a trustee?
- Video: What does a school trustee do?
- Video: Time commitment necessary to fulfill the role of trustee
- Video: What authority does an individual trustee have?
How do I become a candidate?
Candidates must complete the candidate package. Candidate packages are also available for pickup at Regional Office in Barrhead. All candidates for Trustee must file a nomination paper with a minimum of five (5) signatures of eligible electors who reside in the ward in which the candidate is running.
Candidates must submit the completed candidate package to Pembina Hills School Division Regional Office located at 5310 – 49 Street Barrhead, Alberta.
Nomination Day is September 20, 2021. Nominations for the election of candidates will be received beginning January 4, 2021 and ending at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Nomination Day.
The 2021 Candidate Package contains the following information:
Office of Public School Trustee
Terms of Office
The term of office for Public School Trustee is four (4) years.
In accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act, the term of office for the Public School Trustees to be elected in the October 18, 2021 election is as follows:
9(1) A person elected under this Act, unless otherwise disqualified from remaining in office, holds office from the beginning of the organizational meeting of the elected authority following the general election to immediately before the beginning of the organizational meeting of the elected authority after the next general election.
Qualifications for Candidates
A person may be nominated as a candidate for Trustee for PHSD if, on nomination day, they:
- are eligible to vote in that election,
- have been a resident of the local jurisdiction and the ward for the six (6) consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day,
- are not employed by a school district or division, a charter school or private school in Alberta, unless the person is on a leave of absence granted under Section 22 of the Local Authorities Election Act, and
- are not otherwise ineligible or disqualified.
Please note: Pursuant to the Education Act, an individual residing within the Evergreen Catholic Separate School Division boundaries of Pembina Hills School Division who is of the Roman Catholic faith and is a resident of the Evergreen Catholic Separate School Division, is eligible to be a Trustee for Pembina Hills School Division. Please refer to the PHSD map to determine where the Evergreen Catholic Separate School Division boundaries are.
WARDS AND ELECTORAL SUB-DIVISIONS OF PEMBINA HILLS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
PHSD has six Wards:
Pembina Hills East Ward 1 – being the Municipal Sub-divisions numbered one (1), two (2), four (4), and five (5) of Westlock County and the Village of Clyde.
Pembina Hills East Ward 2 – being the Municipal Sub-divisions numbered three (3), six (6), and seven (7) of Westlock County and the portion of the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River within the boundaries of the Pembina Hills School Division.
Pembina Hills East Ward 3 – being the Town of Westlock.
Pembina Hills West Ward 1 – being the Municipal Sub-divisions numbered one (1), two (2), three (3), four (4), five (5), and seven (7) of the County of Barrhead.
Pembina Hills West Ward 2 – being the Municipal Sub-division number six (6) of the County of Barrhead, the Town of Swan Hills, and those portions of Woodlands County and Big Lakes County within the boundaries of the Pembina Hills School Division.
Pembina Hills West Ward 3 – being the Town of Barrhead.
Nomination Day is September 20, 2021. Nominations for the election of candidates will be received at Pembina Hills School Division Regional Office located at 5310 – 49 Street Barrhead, Alberta beginning January 4, 2021 and ending at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Nomination Day.
All candidates for Trustee must file a nomination paper with a minimum of five (5) signatures of eligible electors who reside in the ward in which the candidate is running.
October 18, 2021 is Election Day. A general election is held every fourth year, on the third Monday in October.
The Organizational Meeting for the Board of Trustees of Pembina Hills School Division will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. at the Regional Services Office, 5310 – 49 Street, Barrhead, Alberta.
DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION
Pursuant to Section 86(1) of the Education Act, each Trustee elected will be required to file with the board’s secretary a statement showing:
- The names and employment of the trustee and the trustee’s spouse or adult interdependent partner,
- The names of the corporations, partnerships, firms, governments or persons in which the trustee has a pecuniary interest, and
- The names of the corporations, partnerships, firms, governments or persons in which the trustee’s spouse or adult interdependent partner or children under 18 years of age have a pecuniary interest.
The information is then provided to all Trustees of the Board.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to review the following sections of the Education Act pertaining to conflict of interest.
- Pecuniary Interest – Section 85, Page 70-72
- Disclosure of Information – Section 86, Page 72-73
- Disqualification of Trustees – Section 87, Page 73-74
- Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest – Section 88, Page 74-75
Following the election, new Trustees will receive an orientation to the Board of Trustees and operations of Pembina Hills School Division.
Pembina Hills School Division has a number of policies related to the Role of the Board, Role of the Trustee, Role of the Board Chair, Role of the Vice-Chair, etc. In addition, a Trustees Handbook has been developed as a guide for Trustees.
The payment of honoraria, traveling and other expenses to Trustees, as approved by the Board of Trustees, is detailed in Rates Annex 7 Travel, Expenses and Honorarium.
A Trustee’s residence is considered their office.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETINGS
The Board of Trustees determines the schedule for Regular Board meetings at its annual Organizational Meeting. Generally, public Board of Trustees’ meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, commencing at 9:00 a.m., although additional special meetings may be called when required for specific purposes.
In addition, Trustees may schedule meetings other than Board Meetings, and may be required to represent the Board of Trustees on various committees and associations.
Tracy Leigh, Secretary Treasurer for Pembina Hills School Division, may be contacted at 780-674-8504, 5310 – 49 Street, Barrhead, for information regarding nomination and election matters, as well as general information regarding Board of Trustees’ procedures.
Alternately, Veronica Lindquist, Assistant Secretary Treasurer for Pembina Hills School Division, may be contacted at 780-674-8503, 5310-49 Street, Barrhead.
Further information is available on the following websites:
Electoral WardsEffective October 18, 2021
* Indicates only the portion that is within Pembina Hills School Division
|Electoral Ward||Municipal Divisions located in ward||Schools|
|Community School Student Population|
|Pembina Hills East - Ward 1||Westlock County |
- Div 1, 2, 4, 5
Village of Clyde
|Pembina Hills East - Ward 2||Westlock County |
- Div 3, 6, 7
MD of Lesser Slave River*
|Pembina North Community,|
Colony Schools, Vista Virtual School
|Pembina Hills - Town of Westlock - Ward 3||Town of Westlock||R.F. Staples,|
|Pembina Hills West - Ward 1||County of Barrhead |
- Div 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
|Neerlandia Public Christian,|
|Pembina Hills West - Ward 2||County of Barrhead|
- Div 6
- Div 5*, 6, 7
Town of Swan Hills
Big Lakes County*
|Pembina Hills - Town of Barrhead - Ward 3||Town of Barrhead||Barrhead Composite,|