Trustee Coleman elected School District 71 chair

Comox Valley Board of Education Comox trustee Peter Coleman was elected board chair Tuesday.

Comox Valley Board of Education Comox trustee Peter Coleman was elected board chair Tuesday.

Area B trustee Tom Weber announced last month he would like to step back from his position as board chair, asking that trustees do not nominate him during elections at the Nov. 26 meeting. Weber, who had been chair for the past two years, said he wanted to give other trustees the opportunity to fill the position.

Coleman was nominated by Cumberland trustee Rick Grinham. Courtenay trustee Janice Caton, who has been vice-chair alongside Weber, was nominated for chair as well, but the board voted for Coleman in a closed-ballot election.

Before moving to the Comox Valley, Coleman was a trustee in the surrey School district. He has been a teacher and administrator, first in the public schools and later in the post-secondary sector (BCIT and SFU).

Caton was again named vice-chair, by acclamation.

Caton was elected as the board’s representative to the BC School Trustees Association Provincial Council, with Courtenay trustee Donna Gambacorta elected as the alternate.

Coleman was elected as the board’s representative to the BC Public School Employers’ Association Representative Council, with Grinham chosen as the alternate.

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