Trustees are elected every four years during the municipal election. The last election was held in October 2017. The next General Election will be held on October 18, 2021. Election packages are available for pick-up at the Palliser Education Centre, 101-3305 18 Avenue North in Lethbridge or by downloading the forms listed below.
Through the Education Act, Alberta’s legislation has delegated some authority for the governance of education to school boards. As statutory corporations, school boards have obligations to perform and they have been given powers to carry out these tasks.
Palliser School Division promotes and encourages its interested citizens to run for the office of elected school board Trustee. The Division is committed to providing an environment that will give all candidates fair access to the electorate.
Become a Trustee:
The Local Authorities Election Act, states in section 21(1) that a person may be nominated as a candidate in any election under this Act if on nomination day the person
(a) is eligible to vote in that election,
(b) has been a resident of the local jurisdiction and the ward, if any, for 6 consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day, and
(c) is not otherwise ineligible or disqualified
DISCLAIMER: It is the candidate’s responsibility to read and understand the legislation, or to seek appropriate legal or accounting advice from professionals as required. The candidate is responsible for ensuring that his or her campaign complies with all provincial laws.
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The nomination period for the 2021 general election begins on January 1, 2021 and runs until 12:00 pm on nomination day, which is Monday, September 20, 2021.
Candidates who seek nomination for school board Trustee must complete Form 4 – Nomination Paper and Candidate’s Acceptance. In addition, the candidate must also file Form 5 – Candidate Information. (See links above for both forms.)
Nominations must be signed by at least five electors. These electors must be residents of the school board on the date they signed the form, and they must be eligible to vote in the election. As Palliser School Division has a ward system, the electors signing the nomination form must also be residents of the ward for which the candidate is being nominated.
Candidates can file their nomination papers with the returning officer by visiting Palliser School Division office at 3305 18 Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 5S1 during regular business hours. Although an appointment is not required, we encourage candidates to call 403-328-4111 and schedule an appointment time.
- Alberta Education School Board Elections Information Package
- Alberta School Boards Association - School Boards and Zones
- Alberta Teachers' Association - What is the role of the school trustee?
- Alberta Education School Board Elections Information
- ASBA Become a School Board Trustee Booklet (2017)
- Education Act
- Local Authorities Election Act
For more information about Trustee elections, contact:
Joanne Siljak, Returning Office
Ward 1, Subdivision 1 (Click here for a map) representing the rural area at the south end of the County of Lethbridge, outside the City of Lethbridge and Town of Coaldale
Ward 1, Subdivision 2 (Click here for a map) representing the Town of Coaldale
Ward 1, Subdivision 3 (Click here for a map) representing a rural area in the County of Lethbridge that includes the communities of Coalhurst, Nobleford and Barons
Ward 1, Subdivision 4 (Click here for a map) representing the County of Lethbridge area surrounding and including the communities of Picture Butte and Iron Springs
Ward 2, Subdivision 1 (Click here for a map) representing a rural area in Vulcan County east of Highway 23/24 that includes the communities of Arrowwood, Milo and Champion
Ward 2, Subdivision 2 (Click here for a map) representing a rural area in Vulcan County west and south of Highway 23/24 that includes the Town of Vulcan