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Norma Lang voted new RVS board chair, Shelley Kinley elected vice-chair

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

The Rocky View Colleges (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 in the course of 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 yr. 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 yr.

In the course of 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, carried out the vote.

Following her nomination by Ward 1 (Chestermere) Trustee Shali Baziuk, Lang offered 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 duty related to board chair,” Lang stated in the course of 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 stated although she felt able to tackle the place final yr, she feels much more ready this time round, having served a “second stint” as vice-chair for the RVS board in the course of the 2021-22 faculty yr.

Based on Lang, her ardour for the general public faculty division and for the broader RVS group 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 completed 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 very best curiosity of scholars. And I really feel that we’re on a extremely good observe.”

Although she stated 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 consider it is a nice time for a transition. I feel the work of the board belongs to the entire board,” Lang stated.

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

“In the long run, it would not matter what any of us suppose individually,” she stated in the course of 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 as we speak by way of a vote, similar to each different determination that we make.”

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

“Really, I might 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 yr,” Gilbert stated. “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 must be a reputation or character contest, however relatively must be made by contemplating the very best consequence for the division.

“It is not about taking turns and it is definitely not private – it is about who can we, the board, suppose would serve greatest on this position right now,” she concluded.

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

Because of a tied vote (4-4) the trustees repeated the vote two extra occasions. After three rounds of votes, the tie remained, and the title of the profitable candidate was as an alternative 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 offered remarks to their fellow trustees.

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

“I actually consider on this board and the position of this board. I really feel now we have so many nice voices and I’ll take heed to all of the voices on this board to assist make the very best selections going ahead.

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

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