Red Deer Public Schools won’t hold byelection

Trustee Bill Christie died in August

  • Sep. 10, 2020 1:30 p.m.

Red Deer Public Schools will not hold a byelection to replace trustee Bill Christie, who died in August.

The Education Act allows the board to decide whether or not to have a byelection.

Possible election dates would have been Nov. 16 or Dec. 14, given the timing for nominations and the election periods, said the district.

With regular school board elections scheduled for Oct. 18, 2021, a newly elected trustee would have served for less than one year.

“Given the timing, and that our trustees are elected at large, representing the entire city, as opposed to a ward system, the board felt that together, the current six trustees could effectively govern and represent the students and families they serve,” said board chair Nicole Buchanan.

The current pandemic and its restrictions on public gatherings during voting day was another factor, the board said in a statement Thursday.


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