A trustee reprimanded Monday by the Edmonton Catholic School Board isn’t sure if she will run again.
Patricia Grell told 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen Tuesday that she won’t step down, but said she doesn’t know if she can handle what she calls the culture of the board and superintendant.
Grell and trustee Marilyn Bergstra were both reprimanded for comments about a division policy that stops students who have not reached religious instruction requirements from taking part in commencement exercises.
“If you are going to say that you have to have these classes, nine credits, in order to graduate with your friends, then put it in the policy,” said Grell, saying she just wants it clarified.
“It’s not in the policy. It was verbally stated to my son at his school. It’s written in the handbook in another school.”
The school board says the issue rarely arises.
The policy does not prevent the students who don’t meet religion requirements from graduating or going to grad dances or parties. It just prevents them from convocating. The board says there are many ways for the students to accomplish the religion requirement, including online, summer school and after-hours classes, if they won’t fit into a regular schedule.
“I absolutely think I can continue to function in my role. I was elected for four years, and I’m going to see it out. I’m still discerning whether to run again,” said Grell.