The school board will be holding two public meetings, one in the north, the other in the south end, on increasing Haida representation on the board, but dates have not been set yet.
There are a couple of problems, according to board chair Andreas Uttendorfer. The consultant hired by the board to facilitate the process thus far is no longer available, having taken a job with the ministry of education; as well, there are money worries.
“We also have some challenges as far as the funding is concerned,” said school board chair Andreas Uttendorfer, “I think we are up to the challenge. We are committed to finishing this project, so that is where we are”. He added that he’d like to see the process finished before the end of the year.
The issue arose when the two band councils on island asked the board to increase Haida representation. The board held public meetings last spring and came up with five possible models.
Right now, the board has seven trustees, including one each for Old Massett and Skidegate, or 28-percent of the representatives.
The budget for the process started at $15,000 but escalated 60-percent to $25,000 or more.
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