Departing Hamilton board chair Brennan hired as provincial trainer for new trustees

News Nov 26, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Jessica Brennan isn’t entirely stepping away from the education scene as she leaves the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

The Dundas trustee, who chose not to run again and chaired her final board meeting on Nov. 17, has been hired as an on-call trainer for new trustees by Ontario Education Services, a non-profit company jointly owned by the province’s school boards.

She said although she’s not sure how busy she’ll be in her new role, some other boards have seen big shakeups similar to one in Hamilton, where only four of the 11 incoming trustees served last term.

The seven departing trustees had more than nine decades of collective experience around the board table.

“There’s such a turnover of new trustees right now,” Brennan said, noting half of the Toronto public board’s 22 trustees are new.

“They don’t know what they’re doing yet, so there will be some heavy lifting (on training them).”

Brennan said she believes the looming leadership transition across Ontario is one of the reasons the province was eager to hire education director John Malloy, who leaves on Dec. 19, less than three weeks into the new term of office.

He becomes the Ministry of Education’s new assistant deputy minister of leadership and learning environment.

“The ministry needs him right away because the kind of work that he is doing is going to be all that governance stuff with all those new trustees,” Brennan said.

“With the Liberals coming in with a majority government, I figured they would get him as soon as they could, once they had stability,” she said.

“At a personal level, I might have preferred a little bit more (transition) for the new board, but it is what it is.”

Vice-chair Todd White, re-elected in Ward 5, said it will be new chair’s job to ensure incoming trustees get the proper resources and training for their new role.

He said he expects the orientation process to continue through December.

“I image the board will pretty much hit the ground running in January because they’re going to jump right into hiring the new director as well as strategic directions, some of the biggest decisions a board can get itself into,” he said.

The board has had a tradition of promoting the vice-chair to the chair’s position and White said he’d be honoured if that happens at the inaugural meeting on Dec. 1.

Regardless, he said he’s looking forward to the coming term and expects “a culture shift,” with a greater emphasis on collaborating with the community, parents and staff.

“It can happen not just on a reactive basis, where we have parents responding to a decision that might be coming up; it could be this board inviting outside organizations to speak to us while those decisions are being developed,” he said.

“We can be a lot more proactive in engaging some of our partners, versus waiting for them to respond to a decision we might be making.”

Departing Hamilton board chair Brennan hired as provincial trainer for new trustees

News Nov 26, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Jessica Brennan isn’t entirely stepping away from the education scene as she leaves the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

The Dundas trustee, who chose not to run again and chaired her final board meeting on Nov. 17, has been hired as an on-call trainer for new trustees by Ontario Education Services, a non-profit company jointly owned by the province’s school boards.

She said although she’s not sure how busy she’ll be in her new role, some other boards have seen big shakeups similar to one in Hamilton, where only four of the 11 incoming trustees served last term.

The seven departing trustees had more than nine decades of collective experience around the board table.

“There’s such a turnover of new trustees right now,” Brennan said, noting half of the Toronto public board’s 22 trustees are new.

“They don’t know what they’re doing yet, so there will be some heavy lifting (on training them).”

Brennan said she believes the looming leadership transition across Ontario is one of the reasons the province was eager to hire education director John Malloy, who leaves on Dec. 19, less than three weeks into the new term of office.

He becomes the Ministry of Education’s new assistant deputy minister of leadership and learning environment.

“The ministry needs him right away because the kind of work that he is doing is going to be all that governance stuff with all those new trustees,” Brennan said.

“With the Liberals coming in with a majority government, I figured they would get him as soon as they could, once they had stability,” she said.

“At a personal level, I might have preferred a little bit more (transition) for the new board, but it is what it is.”

Vice-chair Todd White, re-elected in Ward 5, said it will be new chair’s job to ensure incoming trustees get the proper resources and training for their new role.

He said he expects the orientation process to continue through December.

“I image the board will pretty much hit the ground running in January because they’re going to jump right into hiring the new director as well as strategic directions, some of the biggest decisions a board can get itself into,” he said.

The board has had a tradition of promoting the vice-chair to the chair’s position and White said he’d be honoured if that happens at the inaugural meeting on Dec. 1.

Regardless, he said he’s looking forward to the coming term and expects “a culture shift,” with a greater emphasis on collaborating with the community, parents and staff.

“It can happen not just on a reactive basis, where we have parents responding to a decision that might be coming up; it could be this board inviting outside organizations to speak to us while those decisions are being developed,” he said.

“We can be a lot more proactive in engaging some of our partners, versus waiting for them to respond to a decision we might be making.”

Departing Hamilton board chair Brennan hired as provincial trainer for new trustees

News Nov 26, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Jessica Brennan isn’t entirely stepping away from the education scene as she leaves the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

The Dundas trustee, who chose not to run again and chaired her final board meeting on Nov. 17, has been hired as an on-call trainer for new trustees by Ontario Education Services, a non-profit company jointly owned by the province’s school boards.

She said although she’s not sure how busy she’ll be in her new role, some other boards have seen big shakeups similar to one in Hamilton, where only four of the 11 incoming trustees served last term.

The seven departing trustees had more than nine decades of collective experience around the board table.

“There’s such a turnover of new trustees right now,” Brennan said, noting half of the Toronto public board’s 22 trustees are new.

“They don’t know what they’re doing yet, so there will be some heavy lifting (on training them).”

Brennan said she believes the looming leadership transition across Ontario is one of the reasons the province was eager to hire education director John Malloy, who leaves on Dec. 19, less than three weeks into the new term of office.

He becomes the Ministry of Education’s new assistant deputy minister of leadership and learning environment.

“The ministry needs him right away because the kind of work that he is doing is going to be all that governance stuff with all those new trustees,” Brennan said.

“With the Liberals coming in with a majority government, I figured they would get him as soon as they could, once they had stability,” she said.

“At a personal level, I might have preferred a little bit more (transition) for the new board, but it is what it is.”

Vice-chair Todd White, re-elected in Ward 5, said it will be new chair’s job to ensure incoming trustees get the proper resources and training for their new role.

He said he expects the orientation process to continue through December.

“I image the board will pretty much hit the ground running in January because they’re going to jump right into hiring the new director as well as strategic directions, some of the biggest decisions a board can get itself into,” he said.

The board has had a tradition of promoting the vice-chair to the chair’s position and White said he’d be honoured if that happens at the inaugural meeting on Dec. 1.

Regardless, he said he’s looking forward to the coming term and expects “a culture shift,” with a greater emphasis on collaborating with the community, parents and staff.

“It can happen not just on a reactive basis, where we have parents responding to a decision that might be coming up; it could be this board inviting outside organizations to speak to us while those decisions are being developed,” he said.

“We can be a lot more proactive in engaging some of our partners, versus waiting for them to respond to a decision we might be making.”