Fresh off a 2021 federal election win in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, Lisa Marie Barron has stepped down from the School District 68 board.
Barron, who was confirmed last week as Nanaimo-Ladysmith’s next MP, has resigned as trustee for Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ board, according to a press release.
Barron previously held the board vice-chairperson and education committee chairperson roles. At the Sept. 29 school board meeting, Charlene McKay, board chairperson, acknowledged Barron’s resignation and expressed gratitude for her efforts.
“Trustee Barron has been deeply committed to the Nanaimo-Ladysmith community, both in our schools and outside of our schools for a great number of years and we appreciate the service that she’s been able to provide these past few years in her elected position as trustee,” McKay said. “We wish her well and we look forward to see what her accomplishments look like.”
The board is seeking advice on its next steps, the press release said.
Under the B.C. School Act, if a trustee gives up their seat prior to Jan. 1 of a general school election year, a byelection must be held. The district must name a chief elections officer within 30 days of the vacancy, and must set an election date for a Saturday no fewer than 80 days from their appointment.