Mackenzie Moving Forward on Road to Regional Representation on School Board
Prince George, B.C. – The District of Mackenzie has received some direction from the Ministry of Education on the next step that must be taken before the Ministry will make a decision on regional representation on School District 57.
The District of Mackenzie has been pushing for a change in the way Trustees are elected so that it moves to a “ward” system rather than the current “at large” system. Mackenzie Mayor Pat Crook has said in the past “We’d have a voice that could express concerns for the community, not a voice that expresses concern for Prince George or the region.”
The proposal has the support of the Regional District of Fraser Fort George, which has written a letter of support to the Ministry. The Ministry has responded saying it has received the letter of support, and Acting Deputy Minister Jill Kot writes “I can confirm the Ministry of Education has conducted an initial review of the proposal. However, in accordance with the requirements set out in the Trustee Variation Guidelines, the Ministry has requested additional supporting documentation from the District of Mackenzie. Once documentation is received, the Ministry will conduct a full review of the proposal and a decision will be made.”
Mackenzie Mayor Pat Crook says the “additional supporting documentation” involves consultation with all First Nations within School District 57 to see if there are any other concerns. Mayor Crook expects that consultation to be complete by June and the documentation submitted to the government at that time.
Crook is hopeful all the pieces in the puzzle will be in place in time for the next election which is slated for the fall of 2018.