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Frustrated school trustee recants Facebook post

School District #83 Trustee Debbie Evans - Photo contributed
School District #83 Trustee Debbie Evans
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A School District #83 trustee says she spoke purely out of frustration when she suggested the Ministry of Education should get rid of the current school board and appoint an administrator to run the district.

In a Facebook post Wednesday night, Evans wrote: "My hope is Ministry steps in and fires the rest of us and appoints a ministry trustee to run the district until the next general election in 2018."

But when contacted by the Observer on Thursday, Evans said that was not her true intention and her comments required further context.

"I shouldn't have done it," she said of the post. "It was late and I was frustrated that people do not understand what could happen if the ministry does step in."

Evans went on to reference a situation in the Cowichan school district where the board presented a deficit budget and was replaced with a Ministry of Education administrator.

"The point I was trying to make was that if the ministry were to do that, it would eliminate public consultation. Then people wouldn't be happy either."

Evans says, at this point, she has no intention of resigning her post.

On Wednesday trustee Kelly Rowe resigned her seat, joining trustees Jenn Wilchuk and Barry Chafe, who both officially resigned at Tuesday's board meeting.

Evans says she has worked hard for her area of Ranchero, Falkland and Silver Creek and that some angry parents are not representative of all parents in the district.

"I have been open and honest with my people and I have not been told that I should feel the need to step down. I have worked hard for my communities."

She adds that if the board is dissolved, she would run for election again.

"If a by-election were held, I feel I would still be the trustee."

A by-election to fill the vacant seats on the board is being planned for late June.

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