By order in council, School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) is under the direction of Official Trustee Mike McKay.
McKay assumed all the duties and responsibilities typically required of a board of education, including the obligations to conduct public board meetings and community consultations.
McKay recently recommended to the Minister of Education Rob Fleming that when a new board is elected in the Fall 2018, it be comprised of five trustees.
He recommended the current nine board structure be changed to:
• North Shuswap/Sorrento/Carlin – one trustee
• Salmon Arm – two trustees
• Sicamous/Malakwa/Enderby/Grindrod – one trustee
• Armstrong/Spallumcheen/Falkland/Silver Creek/Ranchero – one trustee
McKay noted that one of the recommendations of the Special Advisor’s report was that the downsizing of the board be considered. McKay held discussions with local area government agencies, First Nations Band representatives, and considered options at the Partner Group Table and through a Working Group subcomittee. Feedback was also invited from the general community on-line.
“Throughout the feedback process, it became clear that there wasn’t a single option that was universally supported,” said McKay. After considering all of the information he decided the five member option (as outlined above) was the one he was going to recommend. A decision has not yet been announced by Minister of Education Rob Fleming.