January 18th, 2018

PRSD Ward 4 (Redcliff, Ralston, Jenner) candidate profiles

By Tim Kalinowski on September 29, 2017.


tkalinowski@medicinehatnews.com
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Arnold Frank

Frank has been a trustee for the past 16 years. The Redcliff resident spent 30 years as a physical education instructor at Medicine Hat College before retiring in 2001. Frank, who represents the division at the Alberta School Board Association, is one of the most outspoken members of the board of trustees. In the past he has advocated for the school board to be more fiscally responsible, lessening its reliability on capital reserves and pushing for more efficiencies in operating costs.

“I still have unfinished accomplishments,” Frank told the NEWS in a recent interview. “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.”

Pam Cursons

Cursons was acclaimed in the 2017 spring by-election after longtime trustee Bob Wickens stepped down in January. Cursons lives in Redcliff, and has worked for the past seven years as a part-time school bus driver. She has one son, but has no kids of school age in Redcliff.

“As a parent I recognize we all have many hopes and dreams for our children, and I would like to be a part of them helping to realize that,” she explained to the NEWS when she was first acclaimed in the spring. “I think it’s very important to ensure our rural students have every opportunity available to them so they can go on and get into university, and make choices that are going to be good for them.”

Meredith Conboy

Conboy is a lifetime of Redcliff. She works at the Before and After School Care Program at I.F. Cox School. She has a daughter in Grade 11 at Eagle Butte High named Makayla and a son in Grade 3 named Braedon. Her husband Don is a British soldier at BATUS. Conboy has sat on the parent councils of I.F. Cox, Margaret Wooding, Parkside and Eagle Butte the past 10 years. She says this experience gives a strong insight into the needs and issues of PRSD.

“I believe the Prairie Rose School Division has the best school system around because it has so many people who care and want what is best for the students,” she says. “And I feel like I am one of those people.”

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