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Province appoints special advisor to review North Okanagan-Shuswap school board

School District 83 Board of Education: Back row- Barry Chafe, Chris Coers, Michel Saab, Bobbi Johnson, Bob Fowler. Front - Larissa Lutjen, Kelly Rowe, Jenn Wilchuk and Debbie Evans.
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April 20, 2016 - 1:38 PM

NORTH OKANAGAN - The province is sending a special advisor to review the activities of the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District’s Board of Education.

Liz Watson has been appointed as a special advisor to review board activities and make recommendations for moving forward in the wake of the recent resignation of three trustees in School District 83, Education Minister Mike Bernier announced today, April 20.

The special advisor was appointed at the request of the North-Okanagan Shuswap school board.

"We've heard from the board and from parents in the community that the public has to have confidence in the board and its work," Bernier said in a media release. “The appointment of Liz Watson to look at everything the board is doing will help set the North-Okanagan Shuswap district on a path that rebuilds confidence."

The special advisor will develop a report with findings and recommendations for School District 83 which will look at a number of issues, including governance practices, board relationships with district management and external stakeholders, board accountability, budgetting and capital planning.

The special advisor's report is due back to the Ministry of Education by May 20. The school district will have to formally respond to the special advisor's report with an action plan.

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