Coast Mountains School District is a vibrant learning community serving approx. 4,500 students in Grades K-12 and their families.  Trustees are responsible for the governance of education at the local level, and our seven-member Board of Education plays a key role in support of quality education services across our school district.

Local government elections in British Columbia are held every four years.  This includes elections for mayors, councillors, regional district electoral area directors, school trustees, local community commissioners and park board commissioners.  Local government elections are held on the third Saturday in October which also includes school trustees.  The next elections for school trustees will be held on October 20, 2018.  Elections and by-elections are conducted according to the rules and regulations set out in the Local Government Act which governs local government elections throughout British Columbia.

Local school trustee elections allow the community an important opportunity to lead and oversee our valuable investment in public education.  Trustees are hardworking community leaders who come together in the context of a Board of Education in support of student success.  The work is demanding, but important and rewarding.  A trustee’s role is to maintain a focus on student achievement and well-being and to participate in making decisions that benefits the entire district while representing the interest of their community.

The Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District 82 is comprised of seven school trustees from the following Trustee Electoral Areas:

  • Trustees (two) – Trustee Electoral Area 1 (Kitimat) (the District of Kitimat, Kitamaat Village, Klemtu, Butedale and Cable Car Subdivision)
  • Trustees (two) – Trustee Electoral Area 2 (Terrace) (the City of Terrace, northeast area of Kitimat-Stikine Regional District including New Remo, Kalum Lake Drive and Rosswood)
  • Trustee (one) – Trustee Electoral Area 3 (Thornhill) (Area E of Kitimat-Stikine Regional District and the South and East portion of Area C of the Kitimat-Stikine Regional District including Copperside, Gossen, Kleanza, Lakelse Lake, Usk and Old Remo)
  • Trustee (one) – Trustee Electoral Area 4 (Stewart/Meziadin) (the District of Stewart and Area A of the Kitimat-Stikine Regional District)
  • Trustee (one)    – Trustee Electoral Area 5 (Hazelton) (Cedarvale, Village of Hazelton, District of New Hazelton, South Hazelton, Kispiox Valley, Kitwanga, Villages of Gitwangak, Gitanyow, Gitsegukla, Glen Vowell, Kispiox and Hagwilget)

QUALIFICATIONS TO STAND FOR ELECTION AS A SCHOOL TRUSTEE: A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria:

  • Canadian citizen;
  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day October 20, 2018;
  • resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed;
  • not disqualified by 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.

NOMINATIONS INFORMATION: Nomination documents are available at the following locations from July 27, 2018 to the close of the nomination period:

  • Terrace – Board of Education Office: 3211 Kenney Street (Building A)
  • Kitimat – Municipal Office: 270 City Centre
  • New Hazelton – District Office: 3026 Bowser Street
  • Hazelton – Village Office: 4310 Field Street
  • Stewart – Municipal Office: 705 Brightwell Street

Nomination documents must be filed at the above-listed offices by hand, mail, email or other delivery service with the Chief Election Officer or a designated person.  The nomination period starts at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and ends at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018.  Originals of emailed nomination documents must be received by the Chief Election Officer by 4:30 p.m. on September 21, 2018.  NO NOMINATIONMS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 4:00 P.M., FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018.

Elections BC will manage the financial requirements and reporting for all election candidates as per the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.  For more information, please call 1-855-952-0280.

An information session will be held on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in Terrace for anyone interested in running for school trustee, city council or regional district director.  At this session information will be provided about the time commitment, responsibilities, and some of the experiences from people who have served as elected officials locally.

 

KEY ELECTION DATES:

  • Start of Nomination Period – 9:00 a.m., September 4, 2018
  • End of Nomination Period – 4:00 p.m., September 14, 2018
  • Declaration of Candidates – September 14, 2018
  • Candidate Nomination Withdrawal Deadline – 4:00 p.m., September 21, 2018
  • End of Election Period – 12:00 midnight, September 21, 2018
  • Start of Campaign Period – September 22, 2018
  • Required Advance Voting Opportunity – October 10, 2018
  • General Voting Day – October 20, 2018
  • Determination of Official Election Results – October 22, 2018

MORE INFORMATION ON THE LOCAL ELECTION PROCESS:

School Trustee Election Procedures in British Columbia – BC Ministry of Education:

BC School Act, RSBC 1996 Chapter 412 can be accessed at:

BC School Trustees Association’s 2018 Trustee Elections information can be accessed at:

BC Local Government Elections, Governance & Powers relating to General Local Elections, see:

Elections BC information can be accessed at:

RESOURCES

A Guide for School Trustee Candidates

What Every Candidate Needs to Know

General Local Elections 101

Candidate’s Guide to Local Elections in BC 2018

Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

  • Cathy Jackson, Chief Election Officer for Coast Mountains Board of Education of School District 82
    Tel: (250-635-1907) / Email: twospottedhorses@hotmail.com

For information regarding the operations of Coast Mountains School District 82 in general, please contact, Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at (250) 638-4401 or 1-855-635-4931, Local 4401.

 

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Coming Events

  • Nov 12: Remembrance Day Stat (schools are not in session)
  • Nov 13: New Board of Education Swearing In Ceremony & Inaugural Mtg
  • Nov 14: Business Cttee Mtg
  • Nov 14: Education Cttee Mtg
  • Nov 28: Terrace Teacher-Trustee Mtg
  • Nov 28: Board of Education Mtg
  • Nov 28 & 29: Early Dismissal
  • Nov 30: Non-Instructional Day (schools are not in session)