2018 School Trustee Election

The next Local General Elections in British Columbia are scheduled for October 20, 2018

Thank you for considering standing for election to the Kootenay Lake School District No. 8 (SD8) Board. Being a School Board Trustee is a challenging and rewarding role. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions:

What exactly does a Trustee do? 

The work of each trustee is unique. School trustees are the members of the school district’s board of education. They are locally-elected representatives of the public and they are the community’s advocates for public education in their local school district. They are required to carry out their responsibilities in a manner that assists the board in fulfilling its duties under the School Act. A trustee’s role is to maintain a focus on student achievement and well-being, and to participate in making decisions that benefit the entire district while representing the interests of their community.

This document published by the British Columbia School Board Trustee Association provides more detail in to the roles and responsibility of a trustee.

What is the time commitment? 

Time commitments vary by trustee and the time of year. Board and committee meeting schedules for the SD8 Board can be found here.

This document published by the British Columbia School Board Trustee Association provides an example of an annual schedule for one trustee.

How much are Trustees paid? 

Trustees receive an annual stipend paid monthly:

  • Chair – $16,267
  • Vice Chair – $14,911
  • Trustee – $13,710

SD8 trustee indemnity policy can be found here.

SD8 trustee expenses policy can be found here.

What qualifications do I need? 

To be eligible to stand for election to a board of education:

  • you must be a Canadian citizen
  • 18 or older on voting day
  • a BC Resident for at least 6 months
  • not disqualified under the school act for holding office as a trustee

Trustees come from a wide range of backgrounds and all bring a unique skill set to their work. This document published by the British Columbia School Board Trustee Association lists some skills and experience that could be potential assets for trustee candidates.

Key Dates: 

  • Election Period: January 1, 2018 – September 21, 2018
  • Nomination Period: September 4, 2018 at 9:00 am – September 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm
  • Deadline for Receiving Originals of Faxed or Emailed Nomination Documents: September 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm
  • Campaign Period: September 22, 2018 – October 20, 2018
  • General Voting Day: October 20, 2018
  • Financing Disclosure Statement Filing Deadline: January 18, 2018
  • Financing Disclosure Statement Late Filing Deadline with $500 Late Filing Fee: February 18, 2018

SD8 Electoral Areas:

SD8 Electoral Areas can be found here

Election Bylaw:

School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) Trustee Elections Bylaw No. 1-2018

Nomination Package:

Nomination Package Instructions

Candidate Nomination Package – School Trustee

Elector Organization Endorsement Package – School Trustee (if applicable)

Candidate Information Release Authorization (UPDATED Aug 21, 2018) (optional)


Notice of Advance Registration

Notice of Nomination

Relevant Acts:

School Act [RSBC 1996] Chapter 412

Local Government Act

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act

Financial Disclosure Act

Additional Resources:

More information can be found at the following links.

Video: Characteristics of Effective Locally Elected Officials

Video: Testing your Readiness for Local Office

Video: Roles and Responsibilities of Locally Elected Officials

School Trustee Election Procedures (Ministry of Education)

School Trustee Election Procedures in British Columbia

General Local Elections 2018 (Local Government)

Trustee Elections 2018 Resources (BCSTA)

2018 General Local Elections (Elections BC)

Local Elections FAQ (Elections BC)

Expense Limits for 2018 General Local Elections (Elections BC)

CivicInfo BC (publication of election results and other election data)

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding the SD8 School Trustee Election please feel free to contact:



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