French school board elections May 26

Nigel Armstrong
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Two zones will have elections, the rest of the posts will be filled by acclamation and, in one case, an appointment

Education Minister Alan McIsaac

Voting for French language school board trustees is scheduled for later this month, but only two elections are required for the six zones the board covers.

The board serves between 800 and 900 students across P.E.I. with elections.

"We only have elections in two zones and we need an appointment for a third spot in Zone 1," said Alan McIsaac, minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Zone 1 is the Evangeline region served by three trustees. When nominations closed on Friday, only two people had put their names forward. The third spot will be filled once a willing candidate can be found.

In zones 2 (West Prince), 5 (Queens County) and 6 (eastern P.E.I.), all trustee positions will be filled by acclamation.

But zones 3 and 4 will have a bit of a race. These zones, serving East Prince and the North Shore-Rustico regions, each saw two candidates nominated for one trustee position. So that is where elections will be held May 26.

"This is pretty well par for the course but we are really pleased that we had the numbers show up that did," said McIsaac. "We are hoping for a really good turnout at the polls in the two zones where there are elections."

He said there were meetings to consider changing the zones as a way to increase interest in the French school board election system, but eventually he was advised to leave it be.

Next McIsaac is going to look for a person to appoint to the vacant trustee position in the Evangeline area.

"I'll be speaking with the French board and the school councils and likely putting a notice out to the general public to see who might be interested in putting their name forward for that," he said.

Geographic location: Evangeline, P.E.I., East Prince North Shore Rustico regions

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