During the Powell River Board of Education December 11 meeting, trustees nominated members to positions of chair, vice-chair, BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) representative and BC School Trustees Association (BCSTA) officer. Trustee Aaron Reid will resume her role as chair by acclamation, while Dale Lawson will serve as vice-chair. Trustee Doug Skinner was acclaimed as both BCPSEA representative and BCSTA provincial council representative.
In her opening remarks, Reid thanked her fellow trustees for their support for her continuation as chair, and noted the board had completed the first full year of its four-year term.
“It’s been a steep learning curve for all of us as we have navigated it together,” said Reid . “I would like to thank trustees for jumping in with both feet, and for keeping your heads above water. The learning will continue as long as you remain a trustee.”
Reid expressed concern that the school district’s letter to City of Powell River expressing support for the #AllOnBoard campaign, which would provide free bus passes for youth aged up to 18, created some confusion as to whether the district or city would fund such a program.
“That wasn’t what our discussion was at this table,” she said. “It was us supporting the campaign.”
However, trustees assured Reid that this point was later clarified during the council meeting. Council voted in favour of sending a letter expressing support for the #AllOnBoard campaign on December 6.