School board in District 69 full of new faces

PARKSVILLE - There's a new slate of trustees on the board of education in District 69.

Incumbent Eve Flynn is the only remaining holdover from the previous board of trustees in School District 69 (Qualicum).

Flynn retained her set on the board in Area E, defeating Martin Stewart 536 votes to 488.

She will be at the table with four new faces for the next three years.

Area F was taken by Julia Austin - who defeated incumbent Bill Preston, 537 to 396.

Area G gets two new faces: Lynette Kershaw, who dominated the field with 4,147 votes. She will be joined by Ross Milligan, 2,605.

Barry Kurland, 159 votes, takes Area H.

Kurland, Austin, Kershaw and Milligan are all candidates who opted to run after their involvement in the Oceanside Communities for Quality Education - a group started with the express intent to keep Kwalikum Secondary School open. OCQE, in response to a controversial report filed more than a year ago, now dominates the board of trustees.

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