Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public Schools’s board of trustees will make a decision on a by-election and appoint a chief electoral officer at their Oct. 27 board meeting, NLPS’s director of communications, Dale Burgos, confirmed.
There is a vacancy on the board following the resignation of Lisa Marie Barron who was elected as MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith in September.
According to school trustee election procedures, if a vacancy occurs Jan. 1 or later of an election year, the vacancy can remain open until the general election. The next local election is scheduled for October 2022.
If the vacancy occurs earlier than Jan. 1, a by-election must take place no later than 80 days after a chief election officer is appointed, the procedures state, and the chief election officer must be appointed within 30 days following the vacancy. Nomination, registration and voting procedures are the same as for general elections.
According to the district’s records, the last year a Gabriola resident served as a School District 68 board trustee was 2007-08. That trustee was the late June Harrison who served for 21 years.
As trustee, Barron’s family of schools included Gabriola Elementary and Nanaimo District Secondary. Barron’s assigned schools have been redistributed to other trustees with Greg Keller now the trustee for Gabriola and NDSS.
Rachelle Stein-Wotten, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Gabriola Sounder