Busy first day as nominations period opens - Returning officers report active interest as nominations open for school board elections



    MONTREAL, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - A total of 55 declared candidates had
filed their papers as the first day of the nominations period for English
school elections drew to a close. There are 159 commissioner positions up for
election on November 4th, 2007 at Quebec's nine English school boards. The
Councils of Commissioners are responsible for the over-all policy direction
and management of Quebec's 340 English elementary and high schools, adult and
vocational centres. They oversee total annual budgets in the order of $900
million.
    English school boards represent the only level of government elected
exclusively by individuals who identify themselves as members of Quebec's
English-speaking community. They are called upon to make decisions regarding
the future of the English school network within their board territory,
curriculum management and reform, access to English schooling and a host of
other educational matters of community concern.
    The nominations period for candidates in the school elections opened
Tuesday, September 25, 2007 and will be open until Sunday, September 30, 2007.
Call your local English school board for the location and opening hours of
your elections office. In order to become a candidate, an individual must meet
certain conditions, among them: He or she must be over 18 years of age, reside
in the board territory where he or she wishes to run and obtain the signatures
10 electors from within that board's territory.
    For information on how to sign up as a candidate, or how to get on the
voters' list, phone your local English school board or consult the Quebec
English School Boards Association (QESBA) website at www.qesba.qc.ca. You will
find the phone number for each school board election office on the site.




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