No leadership changes at Lambton Kent, St. Clair boards

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The Lambton Kent District school board and St. Clair Catholic District school board will continue with their current trustee leadership.

Public board trustees re-elected Jane Bryce as chair and Randy Campbell as vice-chair during the its annual organizational meeting on Tuesday.

Bryce has served as a trustee since 1994. She has previously held the positions of chair and vice-chair. Campbell was elected to the board in 2006 and was named vice-chair last year after serving on various committees.

“I greatly appreciate the ongoing support of the board and I look forward to continuing in my position as chair,” Bryce said in a release. “Looking ahead, we remain committed to effective governance that puts students first, as well as making informed leadership decisions that will ensure the (board) is well positioned to support current and future students’ success and well-being.”

Campbell added he’s grateful to the board for extending his position.


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“As trustees, we will work together to promote transparent, accountable and responsible governance that meets the unique needs of our school communities,” he said.

At the Catholic board meeting, John Van Heck was acclaimed as chair while Mat Roop was acclaimed vice-chair.

They held the same positions during the previous term.

Van Heck, who has been a Catholic trustee since 2006, has held the position of chair for four years. Roop will serve his second term as vice-chair.

“We have exciting days ahead of us,” Van Heck said in a release. “Our new St. Angela Merici Catholic school will open in September 2020, and the final refurbishment of the Our Lady of Fatima site will be completed as it becomes the new home of French immersion in Chatham in September 2021. In addition, we will continue to work towards completion of land agreements for our new south Chatham and Sarnia schools.”

Roop said he’s excited by the implementation of a new strategic plan for the board.

“This new plan will guide our Catholic students, staff and families for many years to come,” he said.