© Geraldine Brophy
Wayne Lee, Western School District board of trustees member, addresses the board meeting in Corner Brook on Monday May 7, 2012.
ST. JOHN’S Another former trustee of the Western School District board has been appointed to the new Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board.
Wayne Lee of Stephenville is among seven individuals added to the board by Education Minister Clyde Jackman.
Lee represented the Stephenville area as a trustee on the Western board for eight years. He was employed for 34 years as a high school science teacher and is currently a member of the Bay St. George Community Development Board, chairs the local Co-Op Board and is vice-chair of Co-Op Atlantic.
Lee and the seven other appointees join the eight trustees already in place. The first eight served on the School Board Transition Committee and became members of the board as of Sept. 1. The new trustee appointments will be effective as of a board meeting scheduled for Oct. 4.
Besides Lee, the new trustees include Gary Baikie (Labrador), Newman Harris (central), and John McCarthy, Eric Snow, Fred Douglas and Rick Martin (eastern).
They join the previously-named interim board members: Goronwy Price and Guy Elliott from Labrador; Donald Brown and Nada Borden from the western region; John George and Kim Cheeks from the central region, and Milton Peach and George Sheppard from the eastern region. The members will elect a chair from amongst themselves, as outlined in the Schools Act, 1997.
“All of the additional trustees were members of the previous elected boards, and have agreed to serve on the provincial board until an election is held next year,” said Jackman. “I am pleased these individuals have agreed to volunteer in this capacity, as the continuity will help ensure the transition to one English-language school board continues to go smoothly this year.”
Jackman noted the additional trustees were selected based on regional levels of student enrolment, and on ensuring broad geographic representation.