Regional District Sends Letter to Education Minister
Prince George, B.C. – There is growing support among residents of communities in the Regional District of Fraser Fort George to have regional representation on the School District 57 Board of Trustees, and now, the Regional District of Fraser Fort George has added its weight to the case.
In a letter to the Minister of Education, RDFFG Chair Art Kaehn calls upon the Ministry to make a decision on this matter ” a priority”.
Kaehn says he understands an application for regional representation has been filed, and that the School District is waiting for further direction from the Ministry. “With the next School Board Trustee election 18 months away, I anticipate some lead time will be needed should there be a decision to implement regional representation within School District No. 57” writes Kaehn. His letter concludes with “It is my hope that the Ministry of Education will make the review of the application for regional representation on the Board of Trustees for School District No. 57 a priority.”
The matter of regional representation has sparked petitions in favour of such a move in the communities of Mackenzie, McBride and Valemount. At the most recent meeting of the School District 57 Board of Trustees, Mackenzie Deputy Mayor Joan Atkinson, presented the petitions which bear nearly 700 signatures. The argument presented by Atkinson is that a Trustee living in the said communities ” would be a stronger voice for our community and available to listen to concerns.”
Letters of support have already been provided by the Regional District and the villages of Valemount and McBride. Atkinson reminded the Board “Our communities are feeling left out of the conversations regarding education of our children and are only asking for what we feel is fair and equitable.”