It’s a time of change for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board.

At their inaugural board meeting last night, trustees elected Cecile Marcino as the new Board Chair after serving as Vice-Chair for the past 18 years, and Gerald Kleist was elected as the new Vice-Chair. All board trustees were officially sworn into their positions as well.

“I’m excited to work with the returning and new trustees to work as a team to put our kids first, and meet the needs of our students. Really looking forward to looking at the year ahead of us,” said Marcino, who has been on every committee of the board at least once.

“There are some challenges coming up. A new government, a relatively-new board, and we will have some challenges in the next year or two. With the background that I’ve had, and the years spent with this board and what I feel that we were able to accomplish, I feel very confident that I’ll be able to take on those challenges,” said Kleist, who won the Vice-Chair position after a vote between trustees. Barb Gauthier and Dave Cornish were also nominated for the position.

“As a director, it’s nice to have some level of consistency and stability. Having said that, there will be a learning curve with the new appointments, but it’s exciting. Change is good, and it brings a level of enthusiasm and sharpness. We need to be on our toes,” said Director of Education Sean Monteith.

Monteith added that in his over 20 years with the board, this is the first time he has seen an election of two or more candidates. The changes come after former Board Chair Dave Penney retired after 33 years.

Trustees were also appointed to various committees.

- Executive Committee – Barb Gauthier and Bob O’Donohue
- Indigenous Education Advisory Committee – Dave Cornish, Eric Bortlis, Gerald Kleist
- Special Education Advisory Committee – Dave Cornish, Eric Bortlis, Gerald Kleist
- Early Years Advisory Committee – Barb Gauthier and Marilyn Duncalfe
- Parent Involvement Committee – Darrin Head and Michelle Guitard
- Transportation Policy Committee – Jennifer Kitowski and Gerald Kleist
- Ontario Public School Boards’ Association Board of Directors – Jennifer Kitowski and Gerald Kleist
- Ontario Public School Boards’ Association Voting Delegate – Barb Gauthier and Bob O’Donohue

trusteestwo
trusteesthree

More Local News

Province outlines screening for teachers, daycare staff

The Ministry of Education says there are measures in place for background checks, which apply for teachers and daycare staff. Ingrid Anderson from ministry notes the Ontario College of Teachers…

Education cuts for tutors, physical activity

Opposition critic Marit Stiles of the NDP is taking aim at cuts in education funding. Stiles describes as callous the changes, which were announced late Friday by the provincial government. “Doug…

Feds need application for twinning, Nault

Kenora MP Bob Nault says he's waiting to see a proposal from Queen's Park for the twinning of the Trans-Canada. "I want to encourage the provincial government to get moving, because the Minister of…

Taverner appointment on hold

Broadcast news is reporting the premier's office is delaying the appointment of Ron Taverner as the next commissioner of the OPP, until an investigation into political interference can be completed.…

Traffic delays east of Kenora

Emergency crews are working with police to clear away the scene of an accident about a half-hour east of Kenora. There's no estimate for how long the highway may be closed, or traffic delayed.…

Thunder Bay police board suspended

Grand Council Treaty 3 now has time to go over recommendations on the Thunder Bay Police Service. The Grand Council joined with Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Rainy River First Nation in raising concerns…

Resolute, Unifor talk restart in Fort

After five years of waiting, there's a flurry of activity surrounding the mill in Fort Frances. "At this time, there is a growing number of people and organizations expressing an interest in…

Rickford to deal with power workers

Ontario's energy minister, Greg Rickford, has been recalled to Queen's Park, as the provincial government looks to prevent a strike by the power workers union. A work stoppage could mean an…

Dryden Frostbite aiming for Good Deeds Cup

The Dryden Peewee Frostbite hockey team are aiming to win for the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, and are supporting the community every step of the way. If the team wins the national competition,…

Temperatures going up for the weekend

Warmer then normal temperatures have hit the northwest region. Peter Kimbell from Environment Canada talked about the spike in temperatures. "Very pleasant for this weekend, two weekends before…

KenoraOnline.com is Kenora's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login