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Judith Bishop says a big turnover at the school board after this fall's election will present an opportunity if handled properly.

Judith Bishop bows out after 26 years as Hamilton public board trustee

Judith Bishop’s 26-year run as a public school board trustee will come to an end this fall.

On July 16, Bishop announced she is not seeking re-election for Wards 1 and 2 in the Oct. 27 municipal election.

Bishop was first elected trustee in west Hamilton’s Ward 1 in 1988. She has chaired the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board five times, most recently in 2011.

In a media release, Bishop said she’s proud of the board’s initiatives to enhance programs for special needs and high-risk students, early childhood education, improved graduation rates and inclusion and equity issues.

“In the future there will be more resources to invest in students in the classroom, because of decisions made by this current board of trustees,” Bishop states.

The outgoing trustee said she intends to continue working for the betterment of children in the community.

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