Black Diamond / Turner Valley
Red Deer Lake
FSD Seeks Court Clarification
Foothills School Division Board of Trustees is seeking further clarity on the results of the recent Ward 1 By-election. There was a former trustee who was, and remains, disqualified running in the By-election to fill the vacancy caused by the same disqualification. During the election the former trustee then filed a disclaimer (which acts as a resignation). The disclaimer was received on October 17th, two working days before the by-election.
The school division is filing an Application to the Court, in accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act, to clarify the impact on the election of one candidate issuing a disclaimer and resigning from the position of trustee in advance of the election to determine if the Court will declare the only other candidate, Mr. John (Jack) Molyneux elected by acclamation.
Board Chair Larry Albrecht says, "Due to the exceptional set of circumstances our administration has reached out to the provincial government as well as our legal counsel to ensure that we are acting prudently and responsibly moving forward. As there is no clear best path we have determined that the correct course of action is to have the Court provide clarification to enable us to move forward as quickly as we can to fill the Ward 1 trustee vacancy. We look forward to getting these questions answered as expeditiously as possible."