Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin., #203, 8912-156 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2
January IVth, MMX
Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA, Minister of Education, Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud
Why is it that in the Catholic system there are only 6 Wards, yet 7 Trustees. With the person getting the 7th highest vote total getting the 7th seat. This is not democracy, this is winning a term of office by default.
If all was fair, they should cannibalize the board down to 6 Trustees. Besides saving 1/7th of the payroll costs, you are ensuring that each Ward has only 1 representative. Giving a 7th candidate or second candidate from a Ward gives that Ward a tactical advantage in getting paperwork & grants done. If there is a tie, then a motion like any other government level dies right there. Besides, there has only been 6 Trustees since May XVIth, MMIX when Trustee Jim Urlacher died.
Conversely, I would suggest that a 7th Ward be added with redistricting. I realize it is too late for the MMX October Election. But surely the Board & the Catholic Church & Educational Operatives who are Catholic could agree on a redistribution for the MMXIII election.
Hail Mary Mother Full Of Grace,
Source: Edmonton Catholic Schools, The Board Of Trustees.