Black Gold School Division is a public school division that promotes and encourages interested citizens to run for the office of elected school board trustee. We are committed to joint decision-making and a collaborative approach to system operation and policy development. Parents are welcome to be actively involved in the education of their children.
Black Gold School Division is governed by a Board of Trustees. There are seven (7) positions elected by public school taxpayers:
- Ward 1 (including the Village of Warburg and Town of Thorsby) – One(1) Trustee
- Ward 2 (including the Town of Devon and the Town of Calmar) – One(1) Trustee
- Ward 3 (including the City of Leduc) – Three (3) Trustees
- Ward 4 (including the City of Beaumont and New Sarepta schools attendance area) – Two (2) Trustees
Become a Trustee
The Local Authorities Election Act states that a person is eligible to be nominated as a candidate in any election under this Act if on nomination day the person:
(a) is eligible to vote
(b) has been a resident of the local jurisdiction for six (6) consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day*, and
(c) is not otherwise ineligible or disqualified
*Regardless of this requirement, a candidate for trustee if a school board district that is wholly or partly within the boundaries of a city is not required to be a resident of the ward, but must be a resident of the school district.
DISCLAIMER: It is the candidate’s responsibility to read and understand the legislation, or to seek appropriate legal or accounting advice from professionals as required. The candidate is responsible for ensuring that his or her campaign complies with all provincial laws.
Candidate nomination forms are available below. Prospective candidates can also contact the Division Office during regular business hours to obtain a printed copy of the School Trustee Nomination package.
- Elections 2021 – Form 4 – Nomination Paper and Candidates’s Acceptance
*Please note that this is a Government of Alberta protected form that cannot be opened in an internet browser. To view the form right click, select “save link as”, download to your personal computer, and open with Adobe Reader.
- Elections 2021 – Form 5 – Candidate Financial Information
*Please note that this is a Government of Alberta protected form that cannot be saved on your local computer. Follow the link to view and fill out the form, and print a copy for submission with your candidate package.
All candidates running for school trustee must submit a completed nomination package to the returning officer at Black Gold School Division office at County Centre, 3rd Floor, 1101-5th Street, Nisku, Alberta T9E 7N3 during regular business hours Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed for lunch from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.) from January 1, 2021, until 12 p.m. on Nomination Day, September 20, 2021.
Nominations will be accepted by the Returning Officer (or designate) by appointment. To schedule an appointment please contact Black Gold School Division at 780-955-6025. Alternatively, candidates can choose to submit nomination forms by having the forms mailed or delivered by courier. However, this could pose a risk for candidates if the information is not submitted to Black Gold School Division’s office by the deadline on Nomination Day.
Who can sign nomination papers?
Each person who signs a candidate’s nomination papers must be eligible to vote in the election for the office for which the candidate is running. They must be residents of the local jurisdiction on the day they sign the nomination form.
Where there are wards, only electors who are residents of the ward for which a candidate is being nominated may sign the nomination form.
How many signatures do nomination papers need?
Black Gold School Division requires a minimum of five (5) eligible voters to sign a candidate’s nomination papers. It is recommended to request more signatures, in case a name is later deemed ineligible.
When do candidates file their nomination papers?
The nomination period for the 2021 School Board Election opens on January 1, 2021, and runs until 12 p.m. on Nomination Day, which is Monday, September 20, 2021.
- Alberta Education School Board Elections Information
- Black Gold School Division Trustee Handbook
- ASBA Becoming a Trustee Booklet (2017)
- Alberta School Board Association
- Education Act
- Local Authorities Election Act
Chelsey Volkman, Associate Superintendent – Business & Finance