Local school boards elect trustee leadership for 2022

The boards of trustees for the both the Avon Maitland District School Board and the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board recently elected their chairs and vice chairs for 2022.

The boards of trustees for both the Avon Maitland District school board and the Huron Perth Catholic District school board recently elected their chairs and vice-chairs for 2022.

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On Tuesday, the Avon Maitland board of trustees elected current vice-chair and retired educator Al Sygrove as its new chair. Sygrove, who lives in Bayfield, has served on the board for 12 nonconsecutive years, having previously retired from the board in 2014 before running for election again in 2017 when another trustee retired.

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“I think I’m qualified in two ways,” Sygrove said. “First of all, my education background; I was a teacher for 30 years … and in that time I had leadership experience as a vice-principal and a principal for 15 years. As well, I’ve been a trustee for 12 years and, during that time, I was chair one year and vice-chair for two. So with that experience, I saw this as an opportunity to get involved and contribute again to the board.”

Meanwhile, trustee Nancy Rothwell was elected at Tuesday’s meeting as vice-chair. Rothwell, who lives in North Perth, has served on the board for seven years and was most recently a director representing the public board at the Ontario Public School Board Association.

“I continue to be focused on the shared moral imperative – the commitment of learning for all students,” Rothwell said in a message to the Beacon Herald. “I pledge to work together as a cohesive, unified team as the board of trustees with our director. I look forward to sharing opportunities in expanding my leadership and transferable skills.”

In line with the board of trustees’ strategic plan, Sygrove said he, Rothwell and their fellow trustees will focus on four main priorities in 2022: mental health for both students and staff, equity issues, learning gaps for students created by the pandemic, and strengthening communication.

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