Elected to his first term on the Clearview School Division, Stettler trustee Dave Goodwin became the vice-chairman as the trustees were sworn in last week.
Longtime chairman Ken Checkel of Coronation was re-elected to start his eighth year in the top seat, staving off a challenge from Yvette Cassidy.
At last Wednesday’s organizational meeting, Staci Gerlitz of Stettler was also introduced as a new trustee, while John Schofer of Byemoor-Botha was welcomed back after a three-year absence.
They join incumbents Cassidy of Big Valley, Cheri Neitz of Erskine-Donalda, and Karen Holloway of Castor.
“We have had a rocky time in the past couple of years, but we must move forward,” said Checkel, who has been on the board for 15 years.
“The new board looks forward to working with all our partners, from students, teachers and staff, to parents, communities and agencies.”
Stating the Clearview is fortunate to have a board with local trustees, he added that “everyone” will be heard to help enhance education.
“We do have two main challenges, (including) demographic changes, with families having fewer children, and provincial funding based on enrolment, and we are confident that we can overcome them,” Checkel said.
Among the other appointments:
Alberta School Boards Association zone 4 — Gerlitz (alternate Neitz).
Public School Boards Association of Alberta — Neitz (Goodwin).
School board negotiations committee — Gerlitz, Schofer and Checkel.
Grievance committee — Gerlitz and Cassidy.
Policy committee — Cassidy, Goodwin, Holloway.
Stettler Community Advisory — Goodwin (Schofer).
Coronation Inter-agency —Checkel (Holloway).
Castor Inter-agency — Holloway (Checkel).
Stettler Performing Arts Centre committee — Goodwin.
Professional development committee —Schofer.
Stettler field facilities committee —Gerlitz.
Stettler Community Adult Learning — Goodwin (Neitz).
Paintearth Adult Learning — Holloway (Checkel).
Audit committee — Cassidy and Checkel.
Stettler joint facilities committee —Neitz and Goodwin.
Teacher workload committee — Neitz and Holloway.
Student health ands wellness committee — Holloway.
School councils liaisons:
Big Valley — Cassidy (Schofer).
Botha — Schofer (Neitz).
Brownfield — Checkel (Holloway).
Byemoor — Schofer (Cassidy).
Colony schools — (by ward).
Coronation — Checkel (Holloway).
Donalda —Neitz (Schofer).
Erskine — Neitz (Cassidy).
Gus Wetter — Holloway (Checkel).
Stettler Elementary —Gerlitz (Goodwin).
Stettler Middle — Goodwin (Gerlitz).
Stettler Outreach —Gerlitz (Goodwin).
William E. Hay (Stettler) —Goodwin (Gerlitz).