Race only in west end for Foothills trustee
Education: Last second nominee for Ward 2
By: Bruce Campbell
| Posted: Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 06:00 am
There will be only one election for a Foothills School Division trustee in the Oct. 21 municipal election.
In Ward 1, incumbent Jerry Muelaner submitted his papers Monday to seek his sixth term at the school division table.
Muelaner will be challenged by Jeannine Tucker, who has a child at Oilfields High School in Black Diamond and has been running the school concession for a number of years.
Ward 1 serves the Longview-Black Diamond-Turner Valley corridor.
Muelaner said he will have time to represent the ward despite being named to two appeal boards recently.
Muelaner said some of the issues include finding funds to rebuild the division office in High River.
“That money doesn’t come from the Province,” Muelaner said. “We have some reserves, but we have to partner up with somebody and come up with some unique solutions.”
As well, trustees are facing the resignation of superintendent of schools Denise Rose, who is retiring effective Dec. 13. Deputy superintendent Del Litke will take over Rose’s duties, but he too will retire on June 30, 2014.
Foothills Composite High School principal Todd Schmekel will become an assistant superintendent in January and Millarville School principal Allen Davidson has also assumed duties as an assistant superintendent.
“With a new superintendent coming on and my level of experience I thought it was my responsibility to help them get through all of this,” said Muelaner.
Tucker has deep roots in the Foothills School Division.
She graduated from Foothills Composite High School, while her husband Jim is a Senator Riley High School grad from High River.
Two of their children graduated from Oilfields High School.
“I have been part of this school division almost all of my life,” Tucker said. “I think it is just time that we had a different voice after 15 years.”
She has worked as an educational assistant with Foothills School Division and also worked at Stampede Ranch for Kids near Longview.
Tucker worked with Muelaner on his failed attempt at the Progressive Conservative nomination for the then Foothills-Rocky View seat, which was won by Ted Morton in 2004.
Meanwhile, it took an extra day to fill the shoes of Foothills school board chairwoman Diana Froc. Froc has elected not to run for re-election, but no candidates submitted nomination papers by Monday’s noon deadline. However, Michael Pollard from DeWinton submitted his name Tuesday for Froc’s vacant seat. The three remaining seats were won by acclamation by the incumbents.
Laurie Copland will serve her fourth term as the Okotoks trustee (Ward 3), Christine Pretty is representing the Millarville, Red Deer Lake area (Ward 4) and High River trustee, Ward 5, is Doug Gardner.
Christ the Redeemer
There will not be an election for Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools trustees in the Okotoks area.
Okotoks trustee Ron Schreiber and MD of Foothills trustee Brian Lyttle will return by acclamation as nominations closed Monday.