By Catherine O’Hara, Metroland Media West
A former Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic School Board trustee was appointed to fill the Ward 6 trustee vacancy at a special meeting of the board Tuesday.
Raymond Bartolotti, who previously represented Wards 9-11 for more than two decades, secured the majority of the votes, which were taken by secret ballot.
He was one of 16 applicants who put their names forward for the position. Also applying were Joseph Baiardo, John Bosanac, Michael Bozzo, Frank Ciotti, Carolann Fernandes, Gary Gallant, Andrea Iacurti, Danyl Lohin, David Martin, Peter J. Morrison, Ed Pecyna, Michele Piccini, John Rocchi, Roy Rodrigues and John Sullivan.
At the April 10 meeting, each candidate was presented with the opportunity to speak to the board. In his address, Bartolotti, a Stoney Creek resident, listed his experience representing Catholic taxpayers in Hamilton as well as his successes as a former trustee, namely helping to secure capital funding for new schools in his area.
“I was equally pleased to have been a part and seen new schools constructed in all parts of our jurisdiction,” said Bartolotti. “Although I advocated strongly for the needs of those in the wards I represented, I have and will continue to respect and support the most urgent system priorities.”
The successful candidate went on to say, “At a time of tremendous challenge and opportunity, I believe my experience and commitment will be of benefit to this board and the ratepayers of Ward 6.”
Bartolotti and his wife, Lovey, raised their family in Hamilton and their children and grandchildren attended city Catholic elementary and secondary schools.
HWCDSB chairperson Pat Daly thanked all applicants for putting their name forward. “I was really, really impressed by all of the candidates and their clear commitment to Catholic education. Their wide breadth of experience was very, very interesting and in a lot of ways inspiring that that many good people would want to serve,” he said.
In the 2010 municipal election, Bartolotti lost his bid for re-election in Wards 9-11 to Paul Di Francesco by 1,039 votes.
Bartolotti assumed his new position immediately following Tuesday’s meeting. He replaces Rev. Kyran Kennedy, who resigned earlier this year, and will serve as trustee for the remainder of the current term, which ends in 2014.