Dear parents: Over the past two years, Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (YK1) and Yellowknife Catholic Schools (YCS) have lobbied the GNWT’s Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) to have the territory’s Education Act amended so that Trustee election cycles (three-year terms) can once again be synchronized with the City of Yellowknife’s elections. As it stands, the next Trustee election is scheduled for the fall of 2021 and the next municipal election is scheduled for the fall of 2022.
On Thursday, July 16, 2020, following a series of meetings with ECE, YK1 and YCS Trustees agreed to hold an election in the fall of 2021 for a one-year term. This election would allow for the synchronization of the election cycles for Trustees and the City of Yellowknife beginning in 2022. Both school boards will also make a formal recommendation to ECE Minister R.J. Simpson for all future Trustee elections to remain synchronized with Yellowknife municipal elections. YK1 will do this in the form of a board motion during their next public meeting on August 11, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. If you'd like to provide any feedback on this motion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before August 11, 2020. Thank you.