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Norma Lang voted new RVS board chair, changing Fiona Gilbert

The newly elected board chair mentioned although she felt able to tackle the place final 12 months, she feels much more ready this time round, having served a “second stint” as vice-chair for the RVS board through the 2021-22 faculty 12 months.

The Rocky View Faculties (RVS) Board of Trustees elected each Norma Lang and Shelley Kinley as chair and vice-chair of the board, respectively, in a secret poll vote amongst members held through the division’s organizational assembly on the RVS Schooling Heart in Airdrie on Sept. 22.

Following the choice, Lang, the Ward 4 (north Rocky View County) Trustee and former vice-chair, will proceed her trustee duties whereas serving as board chair for the 2022-23 faculty 12 months. She replaces Ward 6 (Cochrane) Trustee Fiona Gilbert within the position.

Likewise, Ward 2 (southeast Rocky View County) Trustee Shelley Kinley will succeed Lang within the duties and obligations of the vice-chair for the present faculty 12 months.

Throughout the assembly, candidates had been nominated by their fellow trustees with an nameless vote. An appointed poll committee comprised of Steve Thomas, RVS’ finance director, and Jenelle Weisgarber, supervisor of accounting, performed the vote.

Following her nomination by Ward 1 (Chestermere) Trustee Shali Baziuk, Lang supplied remarks to her colleagues as to her suitability for the position of board chair.

“For myself personally, there has by no means been a greater time in my life to tackle the additional duties and accountability related to board chair,” Lang mentioned through the assembly. “[I want to] set up that it’s a actually good match with my very own private development journey.”

The newly elected board chair mentioned although she felt able to tackle the place final 12 months, she feels much more ready this time round, having served a “second stint” as vice-chair for the RVS board through the 2021-22 faculty 12 months.

In accordance with Lang, her ardour for the general public faculty division and for the broader RVS neighborhood additional equips her for the position.

“I really feel very assured about the place we’re going as a board, however I additionally am very happy with what we have achieved and the place we’re at,” she added. “I am happy with the work the board has accomplished and we’re right here to serve the most effective curiosity of scholars. And I really feel that we’re on a extremely good monitor.”

Although she mentioned she felt any of the trustees have the capability to function chair of the board, she felt the position ought to solely be crammed for one or two years to supply others with the identical alternative. Her predecessor Ella Gilbert was chosen by her fellow RVS trustees to function the board’s official spokesperson in 2019. She has since served as board chair for 3 consecutive years.

“I imagine it is a nice time for a transition. I feel the work of the board belongs to the entire board,” Lang mentioned.

Ward 3 (Airdrie) Trustee Todd Model voiced his nomination for Gilbert to be re-elected as board chair through the Sept. 22 conferences. Thereafter, Gilbert addressed Lang’s assertion that the board chair position ought to be crammed on a rotational foundation.

“Ultimately, it would not matter what any of us suppose individually,” she mentioned through the assembly. “What issues is the collective will of the board, and that is what we are saying on a regular basis.”

“That is what we’re engaged on figuring out right here right now by a vote, identical to each different choice that we make.”

The previous board chair mentioned her expertise over the previous couple of years within the position has demonstrated the place is about way over merely presiding over board conferences.

“Truly, I’d go so far as to say that presiding over board conferences is definitely the simple a part of the job as we head into the varsity 12 months,” Gilbert mentioned. “Everyone knows the present political panorama that we’re heading into. We all know the work that’s forward of us as a board.”

She added she would not really feel the choice ought to be a reputation or character contest, however somewhat ought to be made by contemplating the most effective consequence for the division.

“It isn’t about taking turns and it is actually not private – it is about who will we, the board, suppose would serve greatest on this position at the moment,” she concluded.

Following Lang’s win, the trustees participated in a second secret poll to find out who would exchange Lang in her earlier place as vice-chair.

On account of a tied vote (4-4) the trustees repeated the vote two extra instances. After three rounds of votes, the tie remained, and the title of the profitable candidate was as a substitute chosen randomly by a member of the poll committee.

Kinley, who was nominated for the place by Ward 5 (northwest Rocky View County) Trustee Judi Hunter, was up in opposition to Melyssa Bowen, trustee for Ward 3 (Airdrie), who was nominated by Gilbert.

Previous to the vote, and following their respective nominations, each candidates supplied remarks to their fellow trustees.

“I’m not lengthy on this board, however I’ve a variety of life experiences on boards, and for the final two boards [I served]I used to be chair after which a vice-chair as properly,” mentioned Kinley, who was elected as trustee for the primary time through the 2021 faculty board election.

“I actually imagine on this board and the position of this board. I really feel now we have so many nice voices and I’ll hearken to all of the voices on this board to assist make the most effective selections going ahead.

“I really feel that collectively as a board and with [Superintendent Greg Luterbach] and his tremendous crew, we will go nice locations.”

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