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Nanaimo-Ladysmith school board chooses new chairperson

Greg Keller takes over as chairperson, supported by Charlene McKay as vice-chair
Greg Keller and Charlene McKay were acclaimed as chairperson and vice-chairperson, respectively, of School District 68’s board of trustees at a Nov. 8 meeting. (Photo submitted/News Bulletin photo)

Leadership for Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ board and committees was selected after newly elected trustees were sworn in this week.

The board will be comprised of four returning trustees and five newcomers, and trustees took their oaths of office Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the inaugural meeting.

Greg Keller was acclaimed board chairperson and Charlene McKay, previously board chairperson, was acclaimed as vice-chair.

Tania Brzovic was acclaimed as business committee chairperson, while Leanne Lee was acclaimed vice-chairperson. Naomi Bailey was acclaimed as education committee chairperson. A vote was needed to determine the committee’s vice-chairperson, and Chantelle Morvay was elected ahead of Leana Pellegrin.

Lee will represent the district at the B.C. School Trustees Association table, with McKay as the alternate.

Keller told the News Bulletin he is honoured to head the board and said his experience chairing the business committee last term will be beneficial. He is optimistic of the new board’s potential and sees trustees coming together to “do the difficult work” needed to support students.

“I see that each and every one of our trustees brings a very unique and valuable skill set to the table and I’m hopeful that we each use our skills and our background to benefit debate at the table,” Keller said. “Healthy debate is what makes good decisions and as chair I want to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard and every trustee is able to participate actively.”

In terms of an immediate priority, he said addressing space for students is important.

“I think in this next year, I would really like to see our board make significant advancements with respect to addressing student capacity at Ladysmith Intermediate and finalizing our approach to the north-end capacity as well,” Keller said.

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