Alex Johnstone steps up as Hamilton public school board chair

News Dec 04, 2018 by Richard Leitner Hamilton Mountain News

Ancaster and Glanbrook trustee Alex Johnstone is taking over as chair of Hamilton’s public school board, with central Mountain rep Dawn Danko to serve as vice-chair.

Both trustees were the lone nominees for their posts and were elected by acclamation at the board’s inaugural meeting on Dec. 3 for the coming four-year term.

Johnstone, 35, who was first elected in 2010, moves up from her previous role as vice-chair and replaces Todd White, defeated in Ward 5 by Carole Paikin Miller in the Oct. 22 municipal election.

She said the board’s six veteran and five rookie trustees face several challenges in the year ahead, including a bus driver shortage, potential changes in provincial funding and contract talks with employee unions.

“Most importantly, this board will continue to work with staff, field experts and our community partners to close the gap and make significant headway in student learning and achievement,” Johnstone said in a brief acceptance speech.

“All of these are challenges but they’re also opportunities. They’re our to-do list to better serve the unique and wonderfully diverse needs of our 49,000 students.”

Entering her second term, Danko, 42, will also chair the board’s finance and facilities committee, which oversees the budget and helps shepherd some $200 million in ongoing and planned school construction projects.

She said she will work with trustees on the board’s five strategic goals of improving student learning and achievement, positive culture and well-being, school renewal, community partnerships and communication.

“I feel like our last board built a lot of positive momentum, in terms of building a better system for student success,” she said. “When we work collaboratively together I know we can make great strides.”

Veterans will also chair trustees’ four other committees, with Johnstone heading governance, Flamborough’s Penny Deathe overseeing both program and human resources, and Ward 1 and 2 trustee Christine Bingham chairing policy.

Catholic school chair Pat Daly brought traditional well wishes on behalf of his board, pledging to continue a “spirit of co-operation in the best interests of the children in both of our systems,” including on their joint school bus consortium.

“There are few forms of public service more important than that of a school trustee,” he said, alluding to potential provincial changes ahead.

“The more we work together, particularly with what’s probably going to come over the next year, the better for those young people.”

 

Alex Johnstone steps up as Hamilton public school board chair

Dawn Danko to serve as vice-chair for mix of veteran and rookie trustees

News Dec 04, 2018 by Richard Leitner Hamilton Mountain News

Ancaster and Glanbrook trustee Alex Johnstone is taking over as chair of Hamilton’s public school board, with central Mountain rep Dawn Danko to serve as vice-chair.

Both trustees were the lone nominees for their posts and were elected by acclamation at the board’s inaugural meeting on Dec. 3 for the coming four-year term.

Johnstone, 35, who was first elected in 2010, moves up from her previous role as vice-chair and replaces Todd White, defeated in Ward 5 by Carole Paikin Miller in the Oct. 22 municipal election.

She said the board’s six veteran and five rookie trustees face several challenges in the year ahead, including a bus driver shortage, potential changes in provincial funding and contract talks with employee unions.

This board will continue to work with staff, field experts and our community partners to close the gap and make significant headway in student learning and achievement. — Alex Johnstone

“Most importantly, this board will continue to work with staff, field experts and our community partners to close the gap and make significant headway in student learning and achievement,” Johnstone said in a brief acceptance speech.

“All of these are challenges but they’re also opportunities. They’re our to-do list to better serve the unique and wonderfully diverse needs of our 49,000 students.”

Entering her second term, Danko, 42, will also chair the board’s finance and facilities committee, which oversees the budget and helps shepherd some $200 million in ongoing and planned school construction projects.

She said she will work with trustees on the board’s five strategic goals of improving student learning and achievement, positive culture and well-being, school renewal, community partnerships and communication.

“I feel like our last board built a lot of positive momentum, in terms of building a better system for student success,” she said. “When we work collaboratively together I know we can make great strides.”

Veterans will also chair trustees’ four other committees, with Johnstone heading governance, Flamborough’s Penny Deathe overseeing both program and human resources, and Ward 1 and 2 trustee Christine Bingham chairing policy.

Catholic school chair Pat Daly brought traditional well wishes on behalf of his board, pledging to continue a “spirit of co-operation in the best interests of the children in both of our systems,” including on their joint school bus consortium.

“There are few forms of public service more important than that of a school trustee,” he said, alluding to potential provincial changes ahead.

“The more we work together, particularly with what’s probably going to come over the next year, the better for those young people.”

 

Alex Johnstone steps up as Hamilton public school board chair

Dawn Danko to serve as vice-chair for mix of veteran and rookie trustees

News Dec 04, 2018 by Richard Leitner Hamilton Mountain News

Ancaster and Glanbrook trustee Alex Johnstone is taking over as chair of Hamilton’s public school board, with central Mountain rep Dawn Danko to serve as vice-chair.

Both trustees were the lone nominees for their posts and were elected by acclamation at the board’s inaugural meeting on Dec. 3 for the coming four-year term.

Johnstone, 35, who was first elected in 2010, moves up from her previous role as vice-chair and replaces Todd White, defeated in Ward 5 by Carole Paikin Miller in the Oct. 22 municipal election.

She said the board’s six veteran and five rookie trustees face several challenges in the year ahead, including a bus driver shortage, potential changes in provincial funding and contract talks with employee unions.

This board will continue to work with staff, field experts and our community partners to close the gap and make significant headway in student learning and achievement. — Alex Johnstone

“Most importantly, this board will continue to work with staff, field experts and our community partners to close the gap and make significant headway in student learning and achievement,” Johnstone said in a brief acceptance speech.

“All of these are challenges but they’re also opportunities. They’re our to-do list to better serve the unique and wonderfully diverse needs of our 49,000 students.”

Entering her second term, Danko, 42, will also chair the board’s finance and facilities committee, which oversees the budget and helps shepherd some $200 million in ongoing and planned school construction projects.

She said she will work with trustees on the board’s five strategic goals of improving student learning and achievement, positive culture and well-being, school renewal, community partnerships and communication.

“I feel like our last board built a lot of positive momentum, in terms of building a better system for student success,” she said. “When we work collaboratively together I know we can make great strides.”

Veterans will also chair trustees’ four other committees, with Johnstone heading governance, Flamborough’s Penny Deathe overseeing both program and human resources, and Ward 1 and 2 trustee Christine Bingham chairing policy.

Catholic school chair Pat Daly brought traditional well wishes on behalf of his board, pledging to continue a “spirit of co-operation in the best interests of the children in both of our systems,” including on their joint school bus consortium.

“There are few forms of public service more important than that of a school trustee,” he said, alluding to potential provincial changes ahead.

“The more we work together, particularly with what’s probably going to come over the next year, the better for those young people.”