I told you recently that the department of education had told me that when incumbent school trustees declare an intention to run for mayor and city councillor, that they must resign their school board seat before turning in their nomination papers at city hall between Sept. 15 and 21.
Hold on, time out, let’s have a do-over.
After a sharp-eyed shall-remain-nameless bureaucrat at Winnipeg School Division read that, he/she checked the legislation and got back to me. I, in turn, got back to the provincial civil service.
The provincial civil service now allows that it "may have been hasty."
Turns out that if it’s a by-election, then the candidate has to resign.
In a general election, the trustee stays on the school board to the end of the term.
The difference is that in a by-election, say for instance a trustee running for a vacant council seat, then if the trustee wins it thereby triggers holding a second subsequent by-election at additional cost. To avoid that hassle and financial waste, the trustee must step down immediately upon deciding to run for council, and the by-election for the thus-vacant school board seat is held concurrently and without additional cost.
Council and school board terms end and start simultaneously, so the sitting member is not required to step down while campaigning for a different office.
To date, this means that WSD trustee Cindy Gilroy-Price and River East Transcona trustees Brian Olynik and Rod Giesbrecht, council candidates all, may serve on school board to the end of the term.