Clearview Ward Boundaries Map (Photo Credit: Clearview Public Schools)

Clearview Public Schools to retain current ward boundaries

Issue arose after Endiang residents asked if they could be moved to the Byemoor ward

Ward Boundaries

Clearview trustees have decided not to update their ward boundaries within the school division, citing the potential cost of doing so during their Feb. 8 meeting.

The discussion came up after some Endiang residents asked if it’s possible to be moved into the adjacent Byemoor ward. Currently, residents of this community vote for a school trustee within the Castor ward.

Under the School Act, ward boundary changes must be approved through the Education Minister. The process would see the board pass a resolution which would be forwarded to the minister for approval.

Current rules also stipulate that a division-wide boundary review must be done, as one ward cannot be redrawn on it’s own. This would require current census data from both municipal governments and Statistics Canada.

The Clearview board has not updated their boundaries since they were enacted in 1998. Had the division proceeded, public hearings and an updated bylaw would have been needed.

Treaty Acknowledgement

The Clearview board will not acknowledge indigenous territory at the beginning of their meetings. The previous board had the discussion before the elctions last fall, but felt it best to leave to the new board to decide.

The statement would have read: “Clearview Public Schools acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the history, languages, and cultures of the First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and all first peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our school division.”

Stettler Trade Show

Trustees also discussed plans for the upcoming Stettler Trade Show happening April 13-15 at the Stettler Recreation Centre.

This will be a chance for parents to meet the trustees who will be working shifts over that weekend.

The board also voted to showcase the new technology in the schools that students are using, and will also host a draw for backpacks and other items at their Trade Show booth.

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