Electing nine new Cowichan school trustees in 2013 will cost local board about $150,000

Cowichan voters go to the polls in November 2013 to elect nine new trustees. - Cowichan school district
Cowichan voters go to the polls in November 2013 to elect nine new trustees.
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Cowichan's school board will pay about $150,000 for a 2013 local-trustee byelection.

And a year later, School District 79 will pay another $70,000 to $75,000 in taxpayer cash, as its share of B.C.'s November 2014 civic vote, to elect a new slate of trustees, treasurer Bob Harper explained Friday.

"It comes out of our budget," Harper said Friday.

Next year's  byelection, announced Thursday by education minister Don McRae, will see nine trustees elected to replace nine fired by former minister George Abbott for failing to submit a legal, balanced budget.

The 2013 vote is open to those sacked trustees, plus newcomers, Harper explained.

"There are no restrictions," he said of qualified hopefuls filing papers.

Polls in November 2013 will be spread across the district, though exact site locations were pending, he said.

Deadlines details concerning candidates submitting paperwork were also unknown, said Harper, noting SD79 has yet to get formal word from Victoria about next year's byelection.

That formal process involves an order-in-council.

Mike McKay, provincially appointed trustee and Cowichan secondary's former principal, will continue running the district until the 2013 byelection.



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