Outgoing SD20 (Kootenay-Columbia) school board chair Teri Ferworn (right) and B.C. Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy (left) at Stanley Humphries Secondary School 2018 graduation ceremonies. Photo: Betsy Kline

Byelection for rural Castlegar school trustee set

The election is to replace board chair Teri Ferworn

Kootenay Columbia School District 20 will be holding a by-election Saturday, Jan. 25 to replace school board chair Teri Ferworn.

Ferworn resigned recently after moving out of the area for personal reasons. She had served on the school board for six years.

“It was the best job I ever had in my long career of serving children and youth,” said Ferworn.

She says she feels that she is leaving the children of the district in good hands, citing the “incredible” administration staff in the district.

Ferworn hopes someone will step up to fill her shoes who will be passionate about supporting students in the district.

“It’s a lot of hard work, but it is so rewarding,” added Ferworn.

Voters in RDCK electoral Area I and part of Area J including Pass Creek, Shoreacres, Thrums, Glade, Tarrys, Brilliant and Ootischenia will be voting one representative in to complete the remainder of the school board’s current four-year-term which began in November 2018.

Nomination documents are available at the school board office in Trail. Nominations can be turned in at the office between Dec. 10 and 20.

Candidates must be Canadian citizens, 18 years of age or older and a resident of B.C. for at least six months.

Campaign spending limits will be $5,000.

More information on the nomination process can be found by contacting the chief election officer Natalie Verigin at 250-368-2223.

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