EIPS chair and vice-chair acclaim positions

The Elk Island Public Schools Board of Trustees had a meeting Thursday, Aug. 19. and a vote for board chair and vice-chair was on the schedule. Trina Boymook was re-elected Board Chair, and Heather Wall was re-elected Vice-Chair, both by acclamation. Photo Supplied

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A new school year is now underway and parents can expect much of the same direction for the 2019-20 school year as the Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Board of Trustees has elected familiar faces to its top jobs.

Trina Boymook was sworn in as board chair after a vote was scheduled among trustees on Thursday, August 19. The board chair won the top job by acclamation after no other trustees sought out the seat.

Boymook has been an EIPS trustee since October 2013 representing Sherwood Park and has served as chair for seven consecutive years.

“It’s a privilege to serve as the chair of EIPS and I want to thank my fellow trustees for their support as we head into a new school year,” Boymook said in a release. “Our framework remains the same: support literacy and numeracy in all grades, from kindergarten to Grade 12, and build on our successes from previous years. I’m excited about what’s to come and look forward to working with all our communities to ensure all students attending EIPS reach their full potential.”

Before becoming an EIPS trustee, the long-serving trustee worked as chair of the EIPS’ Committee of School Councils, the president of the Alberta School Council’s Association (ASCA) and belonged to various Alberta Education stakeholder advisory committees.

Boymook also currently holds the position of vice-president of the Alberta School Board Association.

For the 2019-20 school year, Heather Wall will also return as vice-chair. Wall was also acclaimed to the position after no other trustees put their names forward for the position. This is Wall’s third consecutive term as vice-chair.

“I consider it a great honour to serve as vice-chair and I’m grateful for the opportunity,” Wall said. “The year ahead will present new opportunities and new challenges. As a board, we remain focused on student achievement and success, and supporting a staff with the same mandate. Our goal, of course, is to ensure high-quality education for all students.”

Wall was also first elected as EIPS trustee in October 2013 for Fort Saskatchewan. Wall spent 25 years working as a registered nurse and held several leadership roles.

There are nine members of the EIPS Board of Trustees including Annette Hubick and Don Irwin representing Sherwood Park, W.H. (Skip) Gordon, who represents Strathcona County north of Wye Road, Jim Seutter, representing voters south of Wye Road, Harvey Stadnick, who represents Fort Saskatchewan, Colleen Holowaychuck, who represents Lamont County, and Randy Footz, who was voted in by Vegreville.

EIPS represents around 17,150 students in Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Strathcona County, Vegreville, Lamont County and the western portion of the county of Minburn.

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