The Fort McMurray Public School District is increasing the number of trustees on its board.
The Minister of Education approved the FMPSD’s request to increase the number of trustees from five to seven.
Superintendent for the FMPSD Doug Nicholls tells Mix News they’ve had five trustees since the district was founded while most districts our size, have seven.
“It makes it a bit of a challenge on occasion with voting,” Nicholls said. “For example, should one or two be away or perhaps be in conflict, all of the sudden we could be down to three trustees and sometimes potentially even two.”
The FMPSD is looking for dedicated community members who want to have a voice for district decisions to fill the available spots.
Nicholls says part of the reason is because there needs to be more of a trustee presence within the community.
“We’ve increased the number of schools and sights so we also need to see our trustees in our schools more often. The staff really appreciate that, the principals do. This will give the trustees more bodies to be able to get through that process with our schools.”
Deadline for nominations is September 18 with elections set for October 16.
You can go to FMPSDschools.ca or contact the board directly for information on how to apply.