New school board policy eyed for District of Kent and Hope



School district is considering a new draft policy that would allow trustees to make certain decisions without calling a special meeting.

  • Dec. 18, 2014 10:00 a.m.

Kerrie-Ann Schoenit

Hope Standard

Fraser-Cascade school district is considering a new draft policy that would allow trustees to make certain decisions without calling a special meeting.

The policy aims to ensure business is conducted in an efficient and timely manner.

Poll votes would only be used to deal with a time sensitive emergent issue, where delay would negatively impact the board’s interests, or to deal with matters that do not justify a special meeting. Poll votes are usually conducted by telephone, fax or email by the secretary-treasurer or delegate.

“This is our policy developed for us,” said trustee Rose Tustian.

She suggested that poll votes be conducted by conference call, which has become past practice for trustees dealing with urgent matters, and notice be given similar to special meetings. The district’s bylaw states that written notice of a special meeting and an agenda should be given to each trustee at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

A poll vote would be called at the direction of the board chair, in consultation with staff and committee chair, when required. Passage of a poll vote requires a majority vote of the board of education.

The draft policy, which the board approved at their meeting Dec. 9, notes that it is the responsibility of trustees to check their messages regularly and the secretary-treasurer would report the result and rationale of any poll vote at the next regular/in-camera meeting of the board.

Just Posted

Annie Silver voted new director of Sasquatch Country – Area-C

Silver to take over role of director for Hemlock Valley, Harrison Mills, Lake Errock

Leo Facio re-elected as Harrison’s mayor

Facio joined by three new councillors

Who won and who didn’t in the Lower Mainland votes

A look at the region’s mayoral races, starting with Doug McCallum coming back to win in Surrey

VIDEO: Agassiz, Harrison voters on why they went to the polls

Spoiler alert: Most say voting is a civic duty

Election watchdog seeks digitally savvy specialists to zero in on threats

Move follows troublesome evidence of online Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election

More court before Dutch man charged in Amanda Todd case is extradited here

Appeals must be dealt with in Europe, before charges faced in B.C.

Crown says man guilty of B.C. girl’s 1978 murder based on alleged confession

Jury hears details of girl’s 1978 murder while Crown says man should be convicted of girl’s murder based on alleged confession.

BCHL alumni has NHL jersey retired by Anaheim Ducks

Paul Kariya played with the Penticton Vees from 1990-1992

‘Violent’ B.C. man wanted on Canada-wide warrant could be in Lower Mainland

RCMP say the man has likely made his way to the Lower Mainland or another community

CFL playoff picture still muddled heading into weekend action

League revealed last week no fewer than 64 potential playoff permutations

Most Read