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Mayors and city councillors from across Alberta express their support for school board concerns in new legislation

November 9, 2009
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This weekend, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) passed a resolution at their 2009 Annual General Meeting stating that “across the province, municipalities feel that locally elected school boards are an integral part of local governance.” Additionally, the resolution declares their intention to “strongly support locally elected school boards and request the province ensure in the new education act that:

  1. School boards have the authority to responsibly undertake local education priorities and
  2. School boards are given natural person powers.”

This resolution from the AUMA is a very positive development in the School Act review process. It demonstrates that school boards and municipalities can work together to promote each other’s objectives. After all, both are servants of their local communities, and both are intimately concerned with providing a bright future for their constituents. The Public School Boards’ Association of Alberta commends the Grande Prairie Public School District for communicating their concerns to their colleagues on the Grande Prairie city council, and we commend the Grande Prairie city council for appreciating the importance of empowered school boards and bringing these concerns to the AUMA. The PSBAA thanks the mayors and city councillors from across Alberta that belong to the AUMA for their support and their recognition of the important role school boards play in Alberta’s communities.

The prominent place natural person powers occupies in the resolution is particularly positive. Alberta’s municipalities were granted these powers in 1995 to provide them with more statutory flexibility, to help them unleash their potential, and to allow them to innovate creative solutions to the desires and dreams of their constituents. Throughout the School Act review process, the PSBAA has strongly advocated for the same natural person powers to be granted to school boards in new legislation. Click here to read an explanation of natural person powers and the ways in which they would help school boards serve their communities.

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Whereas the Province of Alberta is undertaking a complete rewrite of the School Act; and

Whereas the Province of Alberta is gathering public input into education; and

Whereas across the province, municipalities feel that locally elected school boards are an integral part of local governance; and

Whereas local school boards can best deliver education services through increased authority with natural person powers;

Now therefore be it resolved, municipalities strongly support locally elected school boards and request the province ensure in the new education act that:

  1. School boards have the authority to responsibly undertake local education priorities and
  2. School boards are given natural person powers.

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