If interested in running for the position of Catholic school trustee in Alberta, the Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association is making getting more information about the process easy.
ACSTA has been publishing an election handbook and brochure for many years, which outlines the guidelines to run for the position as well as the role of Catholic school trustees. The organization is currently updating its handbook, which dates back to the last municipal election.
The current school board elections in Alberta take place on Oct. 21, 2013 and candidates must have their nomination papers filed by Sept. 23, 2013.
Even though that date seems well into the future, the ACSTA is encouraging people to start thinking about running for the role of trustee – a position that has a hand in directly effecting education in Catholic schools in the province.
Mary Pinkoski, communications specialist for the ACSTA, said the guidebooks are being updated to adhere to current legislation. After publication, she said they are sent out to school board offices and parishes – places where they are easily accessible for people to pick up.
“We send it out so it can be a guide to the process of running Catholic trustee to anyone who is interested,” Pinkoski said, noting the new publication will even be available online in early March.
“The document covers the guidelines for running in the municipal election in Alberta, a letter from Bishop Henry our liaison bishop (Bishop Frederick Henry), and some general information on vocation of being a Catholic school trustee.”
In the former version of the guidebook, Bishop Henry noted that Catholic schools are an essential part of faith formation and a critical apex in the triad of church, home and school.
“Our support of Catholic schools can take many forms, but one form is the call to Catholic trusteeship,” he wrote. He went on to commend ACSTA for producing the guidebook, saying it “helps focus our attention on the importance of Catholic education in the province of Alberta.”
The guidebook also includes a history of Catholic schools in the province, a section on responding to the call of Catholic trusteeship, what a Catholic school trustee does, the various roles of a Catholic school trustee – from communicator to policy-maker – as well as the process of becoming a Catholic school trustee and the legal requirements.
The ACSTA’s website said the new version of the unique document should be printed and available within the next few months.