NOTE: A list of meeting dates, times and locations follows this release.
While schools will soon close for students and teachers, it’s just starting for Nova Scotians considering seeking office in October’s school board elections.
Government and the Nova Scotia School Boards Association are holding School Board Candidate Information Sessions beginning today, June 14, at the Halifax Regional School Board office.
The information sessions are for potential school board candidates to learn the role and responsibilities of elected members and the positive impact they can have on the public education system.
In Nova Scotia there are seven regional school boards, and one provincial school board. The regional school boards have specific geographic boundaries, while the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) serves the entire province with French language education.
The seven regional boards have members based on school board electoral districts, and one regional African Nova Scotian representative elected by African Nova Scotian electors. Candidates of CSAP must be an entitled person as defined in the Education Act. The membership for a regional school board may include an appointed Mi’kmaq representative.
School board and municipal elections will be held on October 15.
The information sessions will be held until June 23. All Nova Scotians are welcome to attend. There will be a session delivered in French, and sessions in both languages will be available online after June 23.
Additional resources for school board candidates include www.schoolboardelections.ca, https://www.facebook.com /NSschoolboardelections/?fref=ts and @SchoolBoardElec .