|11 December 2007, Belleville, Ontario—Congratulations to Carl Pitman and Mary Hall who were re-elected as chair and vice-chair, respectively, at last night’s annual meeting of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB).
Pitman has been the school board trustee for Centre Hastings for 10 years. He was chair for the past year and has also served as vice-chair. Pitman has been an active member of the Program and Human Resources, Executive, and Suspension Appeals committees, and is the Eastern region vice-president for the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.
In his opening remarks, Pitman referred to HPEDSB as a school board of character and “one that is made up of people who really care about our children’s future and who keep student achievement at the heart of everything they do.”
He further stated that the board is moving into a time of transitions and faces challenges. “For the upcoming school year, members of the Board will focus on an accommodation review of school facilities as a result of declining enrolment, the implementation of the new Progressive Discipline and School Safety Act, and the review and implementation of the governance policies and procedures.”
Belleville/Thurlow Trustee Mary Hall was re-elected as vice-chair. Hall has been a trustee with HPEDSB for 13 years. She has been an active member of the Special Education Advisory, Program and Human Resources, Suspension Appeals, and SALEP (Supervised Alternative Learning for Excused Pupils) committees, and has also served as the Board’s representative on the Ontario Public School Board’s Association since 2000.
Elections for chair and vice-chair take place each year at the annual meeting. At the same meeting, trustee membership on various committees for the upcoming year is approved. Standing and legislated committees are: Operations and Finance, Program and Human Resources, Executive, Special Education Advisory, Suspension Appeals, Expulsion Hearings and Supervised Alternative Learning for Excused Pupils.
The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 17,100 students each day at 46 elementary and
8 secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.
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