High Prairie School Division loses its board chair

Richard Froese
For the Lakeside Leader

Tammy Henkel has resigned from High Prairie School Division board of trustees.

The board received her letter of resignation in December, says an HPSD news release dated Jan. 8.

However, Henkel will remain on the board for three more months.

“It is with regret that I tender my resignation from High Prairie School Division board of trustees effective April 18, 2019,” Henkel says in a letter dated Dec. 3.

“I am grateful for having the opportunity to serve on the board of a fine organization.”

Henkel is one of two trustees for the High Prairie area, and the second trustee to resign in the past few months. Joy McGregor of Slave Lake was the other. Henkel has chaired the board for the past four years.

“My resignation comes at a time of change where I feel I cannot fully commit the time needed to continue in my role as a trustee,” Henkel says in an email message. “I will very much miss being an elected school board trustee for the High Prairie School Division.”

Henkel adds she feels strongly about education in the division and in rural Alberta and hopes that the board “will continue to fight for equity for our students.”

Henkel says she is confident the division will continue to promote rural education.

“We have a passionate and committed team of educators across our division who do great things for our students,” she says. “I know that our board will continue the work that we have done to promote and protect education in our rural communities.”

Nomination day to fill the vacancy will be scheduled in the coming months, followed by an election if required. A new trustee will fill the term that ends in October 2022.

The by-election to replace McGregor takes place on Feb. 4, with polling stations in Slave Lake and Widewater. Three candidates will be on the ballot – Steven Adams, Sean McConnell and Sheri Smears.

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