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Info session set for would-be school trustees

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a school trustee, or just wanted to find out more about what school boards do, now’s your opportunity, thanks to free public information sessions being sponsored by the Manitoba School Boards Association.

"People often have technical questions about running in a school board election, questions about qualifications, nomination procedures, and what they can and can’t do when it comes to campaigning," said Carolyn Duhamel, executive director of the association and a former school trustee herself. "These sessions are an opportunity not only to answer those questions that people already have, but also to let them know that this association is available to answer any new questions that may arise over the course of the nomination and election period."

Secondly, the sessions will provide an overview of the role of school trustees and school boards.

"For too many people, the role school boards play in our public school system is a mystery, and we need to change that. Multiple studies have shown that well-informed and well-functioning school boards, doing the right things for the rights reasons, have a very positive impact on student success," Duhamel said. "The first step in ensuring that boards meet these criteria is ensuring that those who run for school board office have a clear understanding of what the job entails, so they can make informed decisions about whether or not it’s one they actually want."

In-person sessions will be held at Brandon’s Victoria Inn on Monday, June 9, and in Winnipeg the next day. An on-line webinar, accessible from anywhere in the province with internet or smartphone connectivity, will be held on June 17; this session will also be recorded for future use by anyone unable to join the live webinar.

All sessions will start at 7 p.m. They are free, and pre-registration is not required. People interested in the webinar should contact the Manitoba School Boards Association at 204-233-1595 or 1-800-262-8836, or visit mbschoolboards.ca in order to obtain log-in information.

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