December 11th, 2017

Two PRSD trustees forced to resign after moving


By Tim Kalinowski on January 11, 2017.

Medicine Hat News

The Prairie Rose School Division’s Board of Trustees reluctantly accepted the resignations of Redcliff-Ralston-Jenner trustee Bob Wickens and Special Areas trustee Christie Dick at Tuesday’s board meeting in Dunmore.

“I would like to make a motion the Board of Trustees accept the letter of resignation of Bob Wickens from the Prairie Rose School Division effective January 1, with deep regret,” said Trustee Arnold Frank. “I would just like to mention (Bob) is someone I am going to miss and who sat beside me here (on the board) for a number of years … I have appreciated his wisdom these past 25 years.”

Wickens was a former Parkside School principal in PRSD before becoming a trustee after his retirement. He recently decided to move from Redcliff, making him ineligible to be a trustee for his former ward.

Christie Dick was in her first term as a board representative, but was also moving from her ward to take on a new job. Trustee Cathy Hogg made the motion to accept her resignation on Tuesday.

“I just have to add with the two of them (Wickens and Dick) I am going to miss their very fair and open-minded approach to all the discussions,” she said. “I am going to really miss their voices.”

Board chair Stuart Angle praised both trustees for their efforts, and said byelections would be held in the near future to fill the vacant positions.

“These are good friends. They were both very dear and helpful with the board. I appreciated the insights and divergent thinking with both of them. They were fantastic trustees who always put the students first and foremost,” he said.

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