Since Sheila Taylor resigned her seat as a trustee for Wards 11 and 13, much has been written and said about a possible by-election. It might amaze most voters that this isn’t a cut a dried decission. Someone resigns, 3 years left in the term, there should be a by-election, right? Well, looking at the education act and interpretations lead one to believe there is some grey area and choice for the Trustees. In the latest statement from Board Chair Bowen-Eyre, 25 days after the resignation, she says “Trustees are continuing to investigate the issue of a by-election.” “The Board has corresponded with all school councils and principals in Wards 11 and 13 to encourage them to contact the Board of Trustees at any time should they have any questions.” “We continue to seek confirmation about costs and logistical issues, as well as seeking input from the public. Trustees need to be certain about these aspects.”
OK? Now what? We continue to seek input from the Public, how? How do parents, who may not have been at the parent council meeting in Wards 11 and 13 when this correspondence took place share their thoughts? How is this feedback measured?
Now we have a survey. The questions lead one to respond no due to costs and “How would CBE students benefit from a byelection?” The survey can be found here: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/byelection2014/.
You will see 3 leading questions prior to asking the one question that anyone should care about, “Do you think there should be a By Election”
It will be interesting to see how the results are interpreted by the Trustees, the Administration and the media.
Please also consider sharing your opinion with your Trustee: