School trustees to serve for four years, terms align with municipalities

The British Columbia School Trustees Association is supporting the idea of continued alignment of local trustee elections with municipal elections.

The provincial government has recently said it plans to change the terms for municipal councillors from three years to four.

The BCSTA and its members were involved in consultations that led to the proposed legislation, according to group president Teresa Rezansoff.

At the October 2013 BCSTA provincial council, where boards of education respond to emergent issues, the delegates passed a motion of support for the change from three-year to four-year terms for trustees.

This decision came after a great deal of debate and discussion, with the trustees citing that alignment would likely increase voter turnout.

"A four-year term will provide additional time for boards to work towards their vision to achieve the goals of the school district and our students. We are very pleased to see the recommendations from our members represented in this legislation," Rezansoff said.

"Local elections, including trustee elections, are happening this November. We hope that this legislation sparks a discussion about the value of local government and the work of locallyelected trustees."