Trustee Allan Gribbin was reprimanded by School District 8 for comments made at a board meeting. File photo

School district trustee reprimanded

Allan Gribbin was formally censured for comments and published statements

A trustee has been reprimanded by School District 8 for conduct at a board meeting.

At a closed meeting held on June 25 the SD8 board voted to formally censure rural Creston trustee Allan Gribbin for disrespectful comments and disruptive conduct in a public board meeting on May 28, as well as for published statements concerning the board and district administration.

“The school board takes seriously the need to ensure respectful proceedings at board meetings and for trustees to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of professional integrity and in a manner that inspires public confidence in the board and in the dignity of the office of school trustee,” stated the school board in a press release.

“The board also places the highest importance on its mission to foster excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment and will take action as necessary so as not to be distracted from this important mission.”

It’s not clear what the comments and published statements were, but Gribbin’s reprimand comes after he wrote a column in May for the Creston Valley Advance that took umbrage at the district charging fees for certain programs. A previous column criticized the amalgamation of the Creston and Nelson school districts in 1996.

Gribbin, a retired teacher, was elected to the board last fall.

— With files from the Creston Valley Advance

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