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Warrington back as school board chair
Sharel Warrington will be back in the chair of the School District 57 Board of Education, but there were some changes in the other positions after Tuesday's inaugural meeting.
Warrington was acclaimed chairperson, and Trish Bella was acclaimed as the board's representative to the B.C. Public School Employers Association, but the other two positions required voting.
Shaorn Bourassa, who served as vice-chairperson for the first year of the current board's term, nominated Brenda Hooker for the position, while Bella nominated Tim Bennett.
Hooker started her speech by thanking Bourassa for serving in the position for the year and then stepping back to allow others to take on the role.
"I think I've been a leader around the table in the past year, and I would like to continue that role," she said.
Bennett opened his remarks with the observation, "Trustee Hooker stole my speech."
He also thanked Bourassa for her work over the past year and mentioned his desire to bring his leadership skills to the role.
"I think I would also bring a different skill set to the position."
The ballots were cast, and Superintendent Brian Pepper announced Bennett had won the election.
An election was also needed for the role of representative to the B.C. School Trustees' Association. Bella had held the role at the beginning of the last term, but stepped aside when she was elected to the provincial council, at which point Hooker was selected to fill the position for the remainder of the year.
Bennett nominated Hooker to continue in the role, while Bella nominated Betty Bekkering.
Bekkering said she thought the past year "has given me a good sound basic knowledge of being a trustee.
"I feel I could learn a lot more as a representative to the BCSTA and I could also share a lot from our district."
Hooker said she had enjoyed filling the position after Bella stepped down, "and I would like to continue to do so."
The ballots were cast, and Hooker will continue as the district's representative on the BCSTA.