New chair for Upper Grand District School Board

The Upper Grand District School Board elected a new chair at the Inaugural meeting last night.

New Chair Martha MacNeil is the trustee for Wards 1 and 5 in the City of Guelph.

She has served as the Chair of the Business Operations Committee and Policy Management Committee and has been a trustee representative on numerous committees, including the Parent Involvement Committee, Safe, Equitable and Inclusive Schools Steering Committee, and Negotiations Steering Committee.

MacNeil said she wants to maintain relationships with the board’s partners in education, She said the board will also focus on the elimination of the deficit budget and hiring a new Director of Education by the end of the year.

The board will also work to implement motions related to the recent trustee declaration on climate change.

This is MacNeil’s first time elected as chair. She was first elected as a trustee in 2014.

“Our commitment to public engagement and building confidence in public education will continue to be strong,” said MacNeil. “We will be focused on honouring our relationships while achieving the best possible outcome for our entire educational community.”

Trustee Barbara Lustgarten Evoy, who represents the Township of Centre Wellington, was elected to serve as Vice-Chair.

In her address to the Board, MacNeil thanked out-going Chair Linda Busuttil for her hard work and dedication over to the past two years as chair, serving Upper Grand students, staff and communities. MacNeil also expressed gratitude to the UGDSB’s Director of Education Martha Rogers and senior staff for their support in her growth and development as a leader over the past five years.