Trustees attend in person and by zoom for the inaugural school board meeting. (Deb Meissner photo)

Houston trustees named chair, vice chair of school district 54

Jennifer Williams and Les Kearns to serve for one year

Houston resident Jennifer Williams was named the chair of the School District 54 school board, and fellow Houstonite Les Kearns will once again serve as vice chair, as trustees gathered for their first official business meeting Nov. 15, following the October elections.

The chair and vice chair are named for one-year terms and this will be the fifth term for Williams as chair and the fifth term for Kearns as vice chair.

Trustee Frank Farrell was named provincial councillor and Kearns will be the school district’s representative to the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association, the provincial body that negotiates wages and benefits contracts between public school districts and their employees.

READ MORE: Four candidates vie for three school trustee positions

Additionally, new trustee Kristina Graham was named the district’s Indigenous education representative.

In September, at the last regular board meeting before October trustee elections, Williams, Farrell, Kearns and another trustee, Priscilla Michell, were recognized with certificates and pins in recognition of their service on the school board.

While the first official board business meeting was Nov. 15, trustees did gather Oct. 25 for a brief inaugural meeting and swearing-in of what will be the board for the next four years.

Four of the board’s seven trustees were elected by acclamation this time — Williams and Kearns for Houston, Graham for Telkwa and Quick and Michell for Lake Kathlyn/Evelyn/Witset.

Four people ran for the three seats for Smithers/Glentanna/Driftwood with incumbents Jason Krauskopf, Frank Farrell and Floyd Krishan being re-elected.



deb.meissner@interior-news.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

School board trustees at work. (Deb Meissner photo)

School board trustees at work. (Deb Meissner photo)

Facilities review - Silverthorne (Deb Meissner photo)

Facilities review - Silverthorne (Deb Meissner photo)

Facilities review - Houston Secondary (Deb Meissner photo)

Facilities review - Houston Secondary (Deb Meissner photo)

Facilities review Smithers Secondary foods room (Deb Meissner photo)

Facilities review Smithers Secondary foods room (Deb Meissner photo)

Facilities review - Telkwa renovations (Deb Meissner photo)

Facilities review - Telkwa renovations (Deb Meissner photo)