School board elections to occur with municipalities
Monday, Mar 20, 2017 06:00 am
Residents will vote for school trustees within the Rocky View Schools (RVS) division when they go to the polls in the Oct. 16 municipal/school board elections.
The RVS Board of Trustees approved approaching the municipal governments in Airdrie, Cochrane, Chestermere, Redwood Meadows, Rocky View County, Beiseker, Irricana and Crossfield to conduct joint elections at its March 16 regular meeting.
The benefits to the division are numerous, according to Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations Darrell Couture.
“We need returning officers, polling clerks and we could jointly share the costs of those,” he said.
Trustees unanimously supported the motion.
Edwin Parr Award
The Edwin Parr Award is given annually by the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) to an outstanding first-year teacher. School divisions are asked to nominate one teacher for the award.
Edwin Parr was a homesteader in the Meanook area near Athabasca in 1920 who went on to serve in a number of capacities on boards within the education system, including president of the Alberta School Trustees’ Association from 1956 to 1962. The award was established in 1964 to honour his commitment and contributions to education in the province.
The RVS Board of Trustees endorsed the recommendation of the committee tasked with vetting the applications for this year’s nominee within RVS at its March 16 meeting. Three nominations were put forward within RVS this year.
The successful nominee is Joey Pihrag, a first-year teacher from Bow Valley High School in Cochrane. According to Cochrane trustee Fiona Gilbert, Pihrag is a committed and dedicated teacher.
“She really is a first-year teacher in that she’s right out of university,” Gilbert said. “It’s unfortunate that we can’t recommend to move all of (the nominees) forward because they’re all doing fabulous work in their classrooms and at their schools.”
The award will be handed out at the ASBA fall general meeting in November.