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Pembina Hills examining electoral wards

Trustees will be making presentations to the public in early 2020

BARRHEAD - Pembina Hills School Division trustees will be making presentations at school council meetings throughout January and early February regarding possible changes to the division’s seven electoral wards.

The ward review is the main reason why the division has not yet held a byelection to replace Swan Hills trustee Nancy Keough, who resigned in late September.

In an interview, board chair Jennifer Tuininga noted that trustees have been gathering data on local populations in schools and historical changes.

Based on that data, Tuininga will be giving a presentation at the Jan. 15 board meeting in Barrhead that will lay out three different options for possible changes.

She said this will be the same presentation that trustees will bring to various school council meetings in January and February, which the public are welcome to attend.

The first takes place at Eleanor Hall School, Swan Hills School and Barrhead Elementary School Jan. 15 followed by Dunstable School Jan. 16.

Trustees will also attend the school council meetings at Busby School and Neerlandia School Jan. 20 followed by Fort Assiniboine School Jan. 22, Westlock Elementary School Jan. 23 and R.F. Staples School Jan. 28.

The presentations end  Feb. 3 at Pembina North Community School and Barrhead Composite High School.

While trustees attend the various council meetings, Tuininga said the division will launch an online survey where parents and residents can give input on the various proposals.

She indicated that survey will likely come online following the Jan. 15 board meeting.