Re-elected chair and vice-chair emphasize student success and teamwork for the public school board

Congratulations to Carl Pitman and Mary Hall who were re-elected as chair and vice-chair, respectively, at the annual meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board this evening.

Pitman has been a school board trustee for Centre Hastings for 11 years. He has been school board chair for the past two years. Pitman has also served as vice-chair and has been an active member of the Program and Human Resources, Executive, and Suspension Appeals committees.

In his acceptance 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 added, “I sincerely thank my fellow trustees for continuing to have faith in me as chair of the board. We have done so much for students over the past year. I am confident that we will continue to make decisions that enhance our students’ learning experiences."

Belleville/Thurlow trustee Mary Hall was re-elected as vice-chair. Hall has been a trustee with HPEDSB for 14 years. During that time 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, has served as the Board’s representative on the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association since 2000, and has acted as Student Senate advisor.

“I appreciate the opportunity to continue working with my fellow trustees, administration, other board staff and parents to enable our students to achieve success and reach their goals,” remarks Hall.

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, Student Discipline Committee, Supervised Alternative Learning for Excused Pupils, and representation on the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 16,800 students each day at 46 elementary and eight 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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• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, (613) 966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354

Last updated: December 1, 2008 at 10:14 am
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