Saturday July 12, 2014

School board keeps same trustees in key positions

Chairwoman Denise Harper and vice chairwoman Kathleen Karpuk both acclaimed

Kathleen Karpuk

With no changes in key board positions, Kamloops-Thompson school trustees elected to stay the course through challenging times.

School board chairwoman Denise Harper and vice chairwoman Kathleen Karpuk were acclaimed in their roles for a third term each during a meeting Monday night.

Trustee Annette Glover is again the board's representative on the B.C. school Trustees' Association finance committee. Gerald Watson was acclaimed to the BC Public School Employers' Association’s bargaining council.

Watson wasn't present, but declared his intention to represent the board in a letter read by Harper.

Back in the chair's seat, Harper thanked trustees for their confidence in her, Karpuk, Watson and Glover.

"It speaks to the cohesion of the board and the respect that we all have for one another’s’ skills that we bring to the table," she said.

She thanked Glover and Watson for once again taking on the responsibility of being board representatives, which often takes them out of town and away from family.

"Thank you all for your support," she said.

Harper looks forward to the coming year, but cautioned there are challenging and interesting times ahead.

She clarified what those are after the meeting, saying funding continues to be a worry, as is the offloading of costs onto school districts.

“We desperately want to provide our support staff with the salary increase they deserve, as well as the teaching staff,” said Harper.

Harper said more and more duties are being offloaded onto staff, which is a concern.

“We see that as a challenge,” she said.

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