Those hoping to nab a seat around the school board trustees table are invited to attend a candidate information session in Brandon next month.
The Manitoba School Board Association will be hosting a candidate information session at Brandon’s Victoria Inn on June 9 at 7 p.m.
MSBA associate director HeatherDemetrioff said the session will provide those interested in running for a school trustee position with information regarding the application process. It will also make clear to interested community members what a school board does, she said.
“The sessions are actually open not only to those thinking about running for school trustee, but also those that might want to know more about what school boards do.”
MSBA will also be hosting a webinar on June 17 at 7 p.m. for those unable to attend in person. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the MSBA website after June 17.
Among the existing trustees who plan to seek re-election in October is current school board chair Mark Sefton.
“I decided right when I went into it that I would do two terms, but it’s all up to the voters of course,” Sefton told the Sun. “I’ve really enjoyed the last four years and I’d like to continue doing some of this work.”
If re-elected, Sefton said he would like to concentrate on “key things” within the Brandon School Division, such as improving graduation rates and a greater focus on early literacy and numeracy.
Current vice-chairperson Jim Murray, as well as trustees Kevan Sumner and Glen Kruck, also confirmed their plans to seek another four-year term on Monday, but Sumner said it was too early to tell what some of his priorities would be if voted in again.
“There’s that opportunity by having another four-year window open, but I think it’s a little bit too early to say what my priorities would be in the fall,” Sumner said.
Kruck said another four years would help him “move forward” on a number of things.
“It takes a fair bit of time to really get your feet under the desk with regards to the school board and also progress takes longer than anticipated.”
Trustee Marty Snelling said he was “still thinking about it,” while trustee Doug Karnes said he won’t be seeking another term. Karnes said after eight years of serving as a school board trustee, he would now like to spend more of his free time with family.
“It’s a very interesting job ... great people,” Karnes said. “It was very enjoyable.”
Trustees Pat Bowslaugh, Linda Ross and Peter Bartlette could not be reached for comment on Monday.
The 2014 school board elections nomination period runs from Sept. 10-16. As part of municipal elections, Manitobans will also vote for their next group of school board trustees on Oct. 22.