School board elects new chairperson as well as committee heads and members

The School District of Mystery Lake (SDML) board of trustees appointed a new chairperson and committee representatives at their first meeting of the 2020-21 school year Sept. 15.

Trustee Lindsay Anderson was acclaimed as the board chairperson as the only nominee for the position, while trustee Guido Oliveira will fill the vice-chairperson position for the next year. He was also the only nominee for the position.

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Don Macdonald was picked as the finance/property/personnel committee chairperson, with Oliveira and Saima Aziz  chosen as committee members. The policy committee will be chaired by Leslie Tucker, with Tomashewski and Macdonald also serving on the committee. Anderson will be the public relations chairperson, with Tomashewski and Oliveira also on the committee. The education and programming committee will be headed by Aziz with Tucker and Macdonald as members. 

Anderson chairs the Thompson Teachers’ Association negotiating committee, with Tomashewski and Macdonald serving as members. The United Steelworkers negotiating committee chairperson is Olivera, assisted by Aziz and Tucker.

Trustees were also appointed to serve on external boards, including Macdonald for the Adolescent Health Education Committee, Aziz for the Thompson Newcomer Settlement Services Committee, Anderson for the Thompson Aboriginal Educational Advisory Committee, Macdonald for the city’s development review committee and Aziz for the city’s recreation and community services committee. Alternates for the two city committee’s were not selected, as Oliveira noted there would be a new trustee after the Oct. 13 byelection who may wish to serve on committees.

No elections were required for any of the positions, as the number of nominees matched the number of available spaces. The election of the chairperson, vice-chairperson and committee chairpersons and members was ratified unanimously by the five trustees participating in the meeting. Tucker was unable to attend and the seat formerly occupied by Samantha Chartrand is vacant. Her resignation, which took effect Aug. 1, was officially announced prior to the committee elections.

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