It cost Nanaimo school district a total of $58,900 to be a member of B.C. School Trustees Association in 2016. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo school trustees look into costs of membership in provincial trustees association

In 2016-17, Nanaimo school district paid $46,900 to be member of B.C. School Trustees Association

Nanaimo school district trustees are examining the cost of membership in the B.C. School Trustees Association.

The professional association provides support to B.C. school boards and in March 2016, Nanaimo district’s board requested a report detailing costs, in part to examine cost-cutting measures. The district business committee discussed the report at its May 10 meeting.

The district paid a membership fee of $46,900 for the 2016-17 year and paid $12,000 to attend association events in 2016 for a total of $58,900, according to the report.

Among the services the association provides for member districts are professional development for trustees, free advice on governance, legal and policy issues from in-house counsel.

Stephanie Higginson, trustee and board vice-chairwoman, was recently elected BCSTA vice-president.

The committee is recommending the board accept the report at its Wednesday (May 24) meeting.