Trustees with both the Rainbow District School Board and the Sudbury Catholic District School Board opted to stay the course in electing leaders at their respective meetings Dec. 17.
Jody Cameron was acclaimed chair of the Sudbury Catholic board, and Michael Bellmore was acclaimed vice-chair.
This is the second consecutive one-year term in the same positions for both trustees, although Cameron has served in total five terms as chair.
Cameron said this past year has been a challenging one for the board, as they've attempted to whittle down a multimillion-dollar deficit, and more challenges are ahead in the coming year.
However, he said he doesn't want to focus just on the challenges.
“I want to focus on the good stuff,” said Cameron. “Our schools are fabulous schools with lots going on. Let's remember that as we move forward.”
Bellmore agreed that it's been a tough year for Sudbury Catholic, and “the board has been shown what it's made of.”
“I want to thank the staff and the teachers and everybody who's worked so hard to continue to make Sudbury Catholic the fantastic institution that it is,” he said.
“I'm a product of this board, and I have children in the system, so I believe in it and support it. I look forward to the challenges that face us in the new year ahead.”
With the Rainbow board, Doreen Dewar was acclaimed chair and Dena Morrison acclaimed vice-chair. This is the third one-year term in a row in the same positions for both trustees.
“Rainbow District School Board will continue to bring learning to life, enabling students to fulfill their aspirations,” said Dewar, who has served as chair of the board seven times in her 25 years as a trustee.
“I welcome the opportunity to be a part of this important mission.”
For her part, Morrison has been a trustee with the Rainbow board since 1998, and served as the board's chair from 2004 to 2008. Besides serving as the board's vice-chair for the past two years, she served in the position in 2003.