Prairie Rose will have some­what of a new look

Medicine Hat News - - ELECTION 2017 - TIM KALINOWSKI tkali­nowski@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNTimKal

All Prairie Rose School Di­vi­sion in­cum­bent trustees, with the ex­cep­tions of Lu­cille Hertz, who is still un­de­cided, and Kathy Cooper, who passed away in Au­gust, con­firmed this week they will be run­ning in the school board elec­tion on Oct. 16.

Stu­art An­gle

Bow Is­land/ Bur­dett trustee Stu­art An­gle cur­rently serves as chair for the PRSD Board of Trustees. This is An­gle’s 10th year serv­ing on the school board. An­gle says he is ex­cited about work­ing with a rel­a­tively new team of trustees and with a new gen­er­a­tion of ad­min­is­tra­tion staff at PRSD.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing time,” said An­gle. “I felt I re­ally wanted to run again, and part of that ... I would just like to say to my vot­ers please vote for me. I have a voice of ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Arnold Frank

Red­cliff/Jen­ner/ Ral­ston trustee Arnold Frank has been a school board trustee with PRSD for the past 16 years. Frank is one of the more out­spo­ken trustees on the board. With the pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem get­ting more com­plex all the time, Frank says his ex­pe­ri­ence is an as­set as the board seeks to adapt its poli­cies to these com­plex­i­ties go­ing for­ward.

“I still have un­fin­ished ac­com­plish­ments,” said Frank. “I think there are things we can do which are im­per­a­tive, and I think it is im­por­tant to stay en­gaged. I feel very strongly about be­ing the best rep­re­sen­ta­tive I can be for my com­mu­nity.

Graeme Den­nis

Seven Per­sons trustee Graeme Den­nis has served on the PRSD Board of Trustees for 13 years. He said he al­ways tries to put the needs of stu­dents first in his de­ci­sion mak­ing, and he wants to be part of the board to see the ini­tia­tives they have started the past four years con­tinue to im­prove the lives of all stu­dents.

“We have a lot of work to do with this school di­vi­sion,” said Den­nis. “I am ex­cited to carry on with our lit­er­acy, nu­mer­acy and health and well­ness pro­grams we have put in place ... To all my vot­ers, I want to say thank you for sup­port­ing me and I hope I am do­ing they job they re­quire of me.”

Cathy Hogg

First-term Schuler, Irvine and Ea­gle Butte trustee Cathy Hogg is seek­ing re-elec­tion this Oc­to­ber. She said while her first term rep­re­sented a steep learn­ing curve for her, she is a proud of what she and her fel­low board mem­bers have ac­com­plished these past four years.

“Be­ing a trustee has been one of the most re­ward­ing things I have ever done in my life,” stated Hogg. “I am re­ally pas­sion­ate about the work we are do­ing here at Prairie Rose and provin­cially. I feel like my first term was about learn­ing the role, and now I owe it back to my con­stituents to put that learn­ing to work. I am proud of this board, and I am proud about how we, at the end of the day, can come to­gether for the sake of our kids.”

Red­cliff/Jen­ner/ Ral­ston trustee Pam Cur­sons was ac­claimed in the 2017 spring by­elec­tion af­ter long­time trustee Bob Wick­ens stepped down in Jan­uary. She is run­ning for re-elec­tion in Oc­to­ber. Cur­sons said she feels the past six months on the board have been re­ward­ing, and she would like to con­tinue to rep­re­sent her area.

“There was an ex­treme learn­ing curve, and I have had the op­por­tu­nity now to have some ex­po­sure,” said Cur­sons. “I be­lieve the work is im­por­tant and I want to ad­vo­cate for chil­dren, and en­sure all Prairie Rose chil­dren have equal ac­cess to the pro­grams and get what they need to be­come suc­cess­ful learn­ers.”

Lois Bed­well

New Brig­den/ Oyen trustee Lois Bed­well was one of two trustees elected in her area in the by-elec­tion this spring. Bed­well, who served as town alder­woman in Oyen prior to be­com­ing a trustee, said her pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence in pol­i­tics have served her well these past six months on the school board, and she hopes vot­ers will re-elect her to a full term on Oct. 16.

“I feel I have some con­tri­bu­tions I’d like to make to­ward ed­u­ca­tion and for our com­mu­nity so we are go­ing to go through the elec­tion process again,” she said. “I have en­joyed every minute I have been here ... I want to say to peo­ple in my home area to get out and vote and if you have any is­sues con­tact ei­ther my­self or Lu­cille Hertz, the two trustees from our area.”

Lu­cille Hertz

New Brig­den/ Oyen trustee Lu­cille Hertz was also elected in the spring by­elec­tion to fill one of two va­cant seats in her area. Hertz, who is a New Brig­den res­i­dent with a pas­sion for keep­ing her home­town school open, said she is not sure she will run again in this Oc­to­ber’s school board elec­tion.

“I haven’t quite de­cided yet,” said Hertz af­ter Tues­day’s PRSD pub­lic board meet­ing. “Be­ing a trustee has been a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence, and a real learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It has been great.”

Graeme Den­nis

Stu­art An­gle

Cathy Hogg

Arnold Frank

Pam Cur­sons

Lu­cille Hertz

Lois Bed­well

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