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Manitoba school boards now know the timeline for the Manitoba government's promised education review. Trustees were told this month the process will begin in early 2019 and will take about one year to complete.

In preparation, the Manitoba School Boards Association plans to launch a campaign called Local Voices, Local Choices in an attempt to help inform the public heading into the review.

"There's going to be an online component, there's going to be forums, and all across Manitoba in all divisions we need to make sure our parents, chambers (of commerce), our municipal leaders, seniors, everyone in the community that's going to have a chance to fill out those surveys, that they have the same information and the facts so that when they are asked to do the review they can give informed answers," said Patty Wiebe, MSBA Region 2 Director. "That's really important because education belongs to the communities."

Wiebe explained the campaign will ensure that all school boards across Manitoba are sending the same, consistent message to all facets of the community.

"That we are your local elected officials. That we represent your voice when it comes to how your schools are run, and how important that voice is," she said. "Schools are the hubs of your community, it's important to have local voice when it comes to governing those buildings and what happens in those buildings."

The province has said everything will be examined during the education review, including proposals to eliminate or amalgamate school boards.

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