School board trustees declare election intentions

A majority of those sitting on the Prince Rupert School District (SD52) board of education will seek reelection this November.

A majority of those sitting on the Prince Rupert School District (SD52) board of education will seek reelection this November.

Tina Last, who presently chairs the board, confirmed her name will be on the voting ballot during this year’s municipal election.

“I enjoy the work the board is able to do to help public education in our district. And there’s still work to be done that interests me that I know I can contribute to,” Last said.

Trustee Janet Beil is currently filling the board’s rural seat, representing students from surrounding communities such as Port Edward, Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla. Beil said she is seeking reelection in hopes of continuing on with work already underway.

“I think it’s wonderful that we get the opportunity to finish a lot of the projects we start,” she said.

Bart Kuntz is also putting his name forward in hopes of reelection. The trustee said he made a commitment to serve on the board of education for the entire time his children attend school in Prince Rupert.

“I think having kids in school is a huge factor … I’m involved that way,” Kuntz said.

Terri-Lynn Huddlestone is also planning to run again.

“I have made a commitment to SD52 since my son started elementary school … it’s been a natural evolution since then,” she said.

Louisa Sanchez said she has been an advocate for students during her time on the board, something she hopes voters will allow her to continue with.

“I’m a passionate advocate for children with special needs, and I want to continue to strive for excellence and improve graduation rates, especially for our aboriginal students,” Sanchez said.

Barb Gruber will not be seeking reelection for a trustee seat in November, declining to elaborate on her decision.