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Cowichan school-board trustees won't be elected until B.C.'s 2014 civic election
Cowichan's nine school-board trustees won't be elected this November, the education minister announced last week.
Instead, our new board will be elected during B.C.'s 2014 civic vote, the minister said.
Peter Fassbender, Victoria's Times Colonist newspaper reported Friday, flipped an earlier ruling by his predecessor, Don McRae, about staging a fall byelection of valley school-board trustees.
The board was fired last year for submitting a promised, illegal budget.
School District 79's board was replaced by provincially appointed trustee Mike McKay, who's Cowichan High's former principal and Surrey's current superintendent.
Fassbender told the Times Colonist his byelection nixing will save taxpayers about $100,000.
Many Cowichanians have applauded McKay's patient, consultation about closing various Cowichan schools — amid drooping enrolments — while other folks want a locally elected school board.