School council elections held

It’s been two years since parents and educators were mandated to elect representatives to individual school councils.
But now that it’s time to elect new members, many school councils are finding this round of elections has been much like the first one–low in nominees.
Mary Lynne Bondett, acting principal and teaching rep for Alberton Central, said her council has filled the six parent positions and that’s all they’ve been able to find.
They still have to elect a community rep.
“We’re always ready if someone else wants to get involved,” she said.
“We’ve been advertising that through word of mouth and through our Alberton correspondent, Christine Brown,” added Jan Perrott, chairwoman of Alberton’s council.
While her council has been able to get tremendous parental support for their activities, Perrott said people haven’t been “banging down our door” to sit on the council.
“As far as I know, that is the norm at this point [everywhere],” she said.
Perrott seems to be right. At the Alexander MacKenzie/J.W. Walker elections Sept. 30, principal Joyce Meyers said only about half a dozen people showed up and all of them ended up on the council.
“We had a couple of new people,” Meyers said. “We don’t have any community reps yet.”
Linda Hill, principal at Sixth Street and Huffman Schools, held general interest meetings before calling an election, sending out letters to parents beforehand.
At Huffman School, the parents who turned out for the meeting were already serving on the school council.
“It’s quite difficult because a lot of people have commitments,” she said, noting her council has had to start inviting people to run for the council.
“We have an excellent group at Huffman that has certainly been hardworking for our school,” she said. “Aand we have good core at Sixth Street, too, but we just have difficulty getting people out.”
But not every school has had problems. Principal Jerry O’Leary said Sturgeon Creek’s council actually had to have an election Sept. 17.
“We had seven names and we elected five,” he said, noting 49 parents cast votes.
Nestor Falls School, where O’Leary also is principal, filled out its council fairly well, too, he said, although both schools are still looking for community reps.
Principal Len LaRocque said the school council at Crossroads held its elections during the school’s open house last month and had a pretty good turnout.
“The council will appoint two community reps who are still to be announced,” he said.
At Fort High, principal Terry Ellwood said he had two new parents turn out for the school council elections Monday night, and the council was filled pretty easily.
But like every other council in the district, he is still looking for a community rep and a native rep.
Don McBride, Ellwood’s counterpart at Rainy River High School, said his council asked for volunteers to fill out its membership last spring.
McBride also is the principal at Riverview School, where the council is filled but not full.
“The council there are all interested in maintaining their positions so what we’ve done is advertised that if there’s anyone interested in being on the council, we may just expand,” he noted.