St. Marys Journal Argus
Lynette Geddes, recently re-elected as trustee for Perth South, West Perth and the Town of St. Marys on the Avon Maitland District School Board, is also returning to a different role with which she already has some experience.
At the Seaforth-based board’s 2014-15 inaugural meeting on Monday, Dec. 2, Geddes was elected for a one-year term as vice-chair. It’s a post she held once before, back in 2013. Geddes was first elected to the board in 2010, and re-elected for her second four-year trustee term on municipal election night, Oct. 27.
Bernard Murray, meanwhile, was chosen the same day to serve his eighth one-year term as chair of the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board — a record of service that spans back to 1986, when he was first chosen as a trustee on the former Huron-Perth County Roman Catholic Separate School Board.
As has been traditional over the years at the Huron-Perth Catholic board, the chair's position is rotated through any of the five trustees who are interested in serving the role, and each year's chair is chosen by acclamation. The same goes for the position of vice-chair, which this year will be filled by veteran Bluewater/South Huron trustee Mike Miller.
"I look forward to working with my fellow trustees as we assist administration and staff in delivering 21st century quality education to the students who come to our schools," said Murray — now a Stratford resident but for many years a farmer and one-time school teacher from the Wildwood area near St. Marys. "The goal is to develop the academic, physical, and spiritual potential of each student under our care while making efficient use of the available resources."
At the Avon Maitland board, by contrast, there is typically a race amongst candidates for the chair's position. And this year was no different as three candidates, including Geddes, allowed their name to stand for the top job.
The victor was veteran Southwest Huron Trustee Randy Wagler. A trustee for 14 years, Wagler has previously been chair on one occasion and has been vice-chair three times, along with many years of service on the auditing committee.
Geddes then earned the most votes in a two-way race for the vice-chair's position.
Doug Pratley, elected on Oct. 27 to return to the board after a four-year hiatus (he chose not to run in 2010) as one of two trustees representing Stratford, was elected as the Avon Maitland representative to the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA). Robert Hunking of Central East Huron was acclaimed as the alternate OPSBA representative.