School Board Elections 2022
School Board elections are a great opportunity for Manitobans to get involved in public education - by voting or running as a candidate for school trustee. The School Board election will be conducted under the authority of Municipal Councils and School Board Elections Act and will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2022. Our Senior Election Official, Jody Percival, will be accepting Nomination Papers commencing Wednesday, September 14, 2022.
Park West School Division has 10 wards. One trustee is elected to represent each ward. Please click here to view ward maps.
Frequently Asked Questions
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding the school board elections and information for potential candidates.
Park West School Division has developed a Candidates' Guide which outlines important information and dates for potential candidates.
Candidates seeking election for School Trustee must file a Nomination Paper and Declaration, in person with the Senior Election Official (Jody Percival) during the Nomination Period which begins Wednesday, September 14 to Tuesday, September 20, 2022, between the hours of 8:30 am and 3:30 pm in the Division Office located at 1126 St Clair Street in Birtle.
Candidates must obtain on their Nomination Paper a minimum of 25 signatures of voters whose names appear on the Park West School Division's Voters List for the school division ward in which they are seeking election. Names will be subject to verification on the Voter's List, candidates should obtain extra names to ensure that the minimum number of voters is met. Candidates are well advised to contact the Park West School Division Office to verify the signatures of voters on the Voters List prior to the nomination period.
Nomination Papers are available at the following links or from the Division Office located at 1126 St. Clare Street in Birtle, between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm on Monday through Friday.
The Board of Trustees
School boards are elected bodies responsible for the planning and delivery of educational services within geographic regions known as school divisions or school districts. For practical purposes, there is no difference between a division or a district. Provincial legislation in the form of The Public Schools Act and The Education Administration Act defines the structure, obligations, and responsibilities of school boards; within the bounds imposed upon them by this legislation, school Boards are themselves a law-making level of government.
The key functions of the Park West School Division Board of Trustees are: the determination of policy, setting the strategic direction of the organization, developing of the annual budget for the organization, and ensuring policies and strategic direction are implemented. In general, the Park West School Division Board focuses its energy on high-level decisions rather than the details of daily activities and operations of the school division.
Trustees are paid an indemnity as compensation for their work on behalf of the Board. The indemnity is paid monthly and trustees are not expected to record the regular meeting hours. The annual indemnity ranges from $6,150 to $8,200 depending on the position held.
The Manitoba School Boards Association
The Manitoba School Boards Association is a voluntary organization of public school boards in Manitoba. The mission of the Manitoba School Boards Association is to enhance the work of locally elected school boards through leadership, advocacy and service, and to champion the cause of public education for all students in Manitoba.