Trustee Profiles
Trustees are elected for a four year term to service the students of Livingstone Range School Division. There are seven trustees representing constituents from three wards. The current board was acclaimed in the Fall, 2013 Election and will serve until 2017. Their primary role is governance of the school system.   
 
 
 
 

 John McKee (Ward 1)

 

John McKee.pngJohn McKee has ranched west of Claresholm most of his life.  He took all of his schooling in Claresholm, graduating from Willow Creek Composite High in 1975.  John moved to Edmonton where he attended the University of Alberta and completed his BSc in Agriculture in 1979.  After working for WestCan Irrigation for a couple of years in Lethbridge he decided to return to school.  He enrolled in education at the University of Lethbridge and finished his BEd in 1982.  During his final year he met and married Jenny Schulze from Eastend, Saskatchewan.  They then moved to Altario, Alberta where John taught for three years and Jenny taught at Provost.  A teaching position came available at Fort Macleod and John and Jenny moved there in 1985.  John taught at the G.R. Davis School for one year.  John's Dad decided to expand his ranching operation and a decision was made to return to the ranch and assist in the everyday operation.  Jenny currently teaches at West Meadow Elementary in Claresholm.

John and Jenny have three children; Trent, an electrician in Fort McMurry, Ethan who is attending the UofL and Mikayla who is a dental assistant in Claresholm.

John has had a variety of positions while his children were growing up.  He served as a hockey coach, trainer and/or manager on several hockey teams, as President of Minor Hockey, President of the Swim Club, Zone Representative of ASSA and 4H Leader.  Some other positions include the Noble Grand of Odd Fellows, Member of Special Places Committee and School Trustee for Willow Creek School Division.

Having been a teacher, substitute teacher throughout the northern end of the present LRSD, and former School Trustee, John has an understanding of the 'ins and outs' of the everyday school operation.  This unique perspective allows him to represent the stakeholders of Ward One in making informed decisions which result in the best possible teaching and learning outcomes for students.

 

 Bradley Toone (Ward 1)

 

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    ​Information on Bradley Toone will be added in the near future.

 

 Bruce Decoux (Ward 2)

 

Bruce Decoux.pngThe Decoux family has resided in the Crowsnest Pass for over a century. Bruce and his wife Wendy, a nurse, have always called the "Pass" home.  In his early years Bruce worked in the mines, for the Town of Blairmore, Philips Cables, Saratoga Processing and in his father Verns' photography business.  He began his career in education in the then new Crowsnest Consolidated High School.  His career has spanned working in the Deputy Minister of Education's office, at the Universities of Calgary and Edmonton and serving as a Superintendent of Schools in Alberta and Saskatchewan.  Dr. Decoux has volunteered in many communities and served on numerous professional committees and consortiums, as well as a Ministerial Task Force.  He recently served a term as Mayor in Crowsnest Pass.  Dr. Decoux looks forward to continuing his lifelong dedication to the education of children by serving as a Livingstone Range School Division Trustee.

Bruce and Wendy are retired and currently reside in Crowsnest Pass.  They have five children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, all who have attended or will soon attend Alberta schools.

 

 Clara Yagos (Ward 2)

 

Clara Yagos.pngClara Yagos lived the first few years of her childhood in Coleman then at Lee Lake near Burmis on the family ranch where she currenty resides. She has a daughter and was blessed with a granddaughter in 2010.

Clara attended Fir Grove School then Livingstone (Lundbreck) School. She obtained a BEd from the University of Alberta and worked towards her MEd at the University of Calgary. Clara taught in schools in communities throughout the province including Grande Prairie, Bassano, Sedgewick, Provost, Coalhurst, Piikani First Nations and Lacombe, mainly as a Secondary Social Studies teacher but also at the elementary level. Clara was principal of Lacombe Outreach School with Wolf Creek School Division prior to her retirement in 2006.
Clara is involved as a volunteer advocate with Victim Services in Pincher Creek and the Crowsnest Pass and as a Board Member for Boys and Girls Club of Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek Humane Society / SPCA and Pincher Creek Women's Emergency Shelter Association. She works for the Corps of Commissionaires as a guard at the Pincher Creek RCMP Detachment.
 Having worked in rural schools, and being involved in education as a teacher and administrator, Clara understands the issues facing our public school system, especially in rural areas. Given diminishing resources, she knows the difficulties administrators and teachers face in providing a quality education for students. Clara believes that rural students should have the same advantages as their urban counterparts in class size, curriculum materials, availability of course options, technology and human resources. yagosc@lrsd.ab.ca
 

 Lori Hodges (Ward 3)

 

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Lori Hodges moved to Fort Macleod from Lethbridge in 2007 when her husband Jason took a Gas Fitter position with Atco Gas. Lori has three children. Her son attends F.P. Walshe School and her two girls attend G.R. Davis School. She became involved in the school system when her first child started kindergarten. She believes every child deserves the best education possible and they need a strong voice to help them. She hopes that in being a trustee she can be that strong voice and help make decisions beneficial to all children. hodgesl@lrsd.ab.ca​ ​

 

 Martha Ratcliffe (Ward 3)

 

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Martha Ratcliffe moved to Fort Macleod from Calgary where she spent ten years working as the regional claims manager for a travel insurance company. She has lived in Fort Macleod for sixteen years with her husband Lyle and their two sons. Both boys attend F.P. Walshe High School in Fort Macleod. Martha was first elected in October, 2004 after spending time volunteering in classrooms and on school council. Martha wants her children to graduate with the best education possible. Exciting changes are happening in Livingstone Range and Martha is proud to be part of those changes. ratcliffem@lrsd.ab.ca ​ ​

 

 Shannon Scherger (Ward 3)

 

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​Shannon Scherger, her husband and two boys live east of Pincher Creek. She is very proud to have called Pincher Creek home for her entire life aside for the three years while she attended Lethbridge Community College.  She graduated from LCC as a Registered Nurse.  Her sons Tyler and Tomas attend Matthew Halton High School in Pincher Creek. Volunteering at the school is what has sent her down the trustee path. Now into her second term as a Trustee, Shannon has found her passion fostering  Board progress on policy and professional learning.  She believes very strongly in rural communities working together to help children become strong learners and positive contributors to our communities. Building upon our small communities strengths is the key to student success.  Shannon is committed to modeling collaboration, lifelone learning and effective governance.  She is very grateful to be a member of the Livingstone Range School Divisioon Board of Trustees.   schergers@lrsd.ab.ca