Kyle, Binder to be at the head of the HPEDSB table in 2020

FAMILIAR FACES (From Left) Lucille Kyle and Shanon Binder were elected to the roles of chair and vice chair of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board Monday night. (Photo submitted by Kerry Donnell, HPEDSB)




The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) held their annual election of committee members and the incoming chair of the board Monday evening and a familiar face is heading back to the head of the table at the Education Centre.

Bancroft’s Lucille Kyle was elected as the Chair of the Board for the HPEDSB Monday, returning to a post she last held three years ago when she took over there from longtime and former Prince Edward-South Trustee Dwayne Inch.

Kyle was first elected as trustee in Nov. 2010, was reelected in the Oct. 2014 municipal election and was acclaimed in the 2018 municipal election.

Kyle also has served as vice-chair and chair at various times since 2014 and will be taking over for Shannon Binder who was elected to the role as Vice-Chair.

The Chair expressed appreciation upon being elected and looks forward to the future.

When I think about students, I think of their diverse learning styles, children with disabilities, some who come from poverty or from different cultures,” said Kyle. “There are so many factors to consider in these children’s lives and if we can somehow change the landscape of how they learn, we’ll make a positive difference for them for life. I appreciate all my colleagues and their support of me in this role. We’ve had a year together to see everybody’s strengths and will continue to move HPEDSB forward.”

Binder, trustee of Southeast Hastings, was elected in the Oct. 2018 municipal election and served as Chair of the Board during the past year. In taking on the role as vice-chair, Binder will be replacing previous vice-chair Lisa Anne Chatten.

Binder acknowledged her learning journey over the past year and willingness to contribute even more.

I’m so grateful for the support of my colleagues and the opportunity to continue this journey within the Board,” expressed Binder. “I look forward to becoming a more effective leader by supporting the Chair and advocating for the youth voice through the Student Senate. Each trustee has so much to offer and I value our varying opinions as we work through committee structure, use of schools, transparency and importantly, the creation of our new strategic plan.”

Kyle and Binder begin their duties immediately and will serve through to the end of November 2020.

In addition to Kyle and Binder, other Board members are Mike Brant, Lisa Anne Chatten, Jennifer Cobb, Bonnie Danes, Spencer Hutchison, Alison Kelly, Krista McConnell and Kristen Parks.

A full list of committee results from Monday’s board meeting are as follows:

Statutory committees
Trustees selected membership on statutory committees.

For 2020, statutory committees will consist of the following members:

  • Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL) Committee: Brant and McConnell will be the active members. Cobb will be the alternate.
  • Audit Committee: Binder, Cobb and McConnell will be the active members.
  • Accessibility Committee: Chatten will be the active member. Danes will be the alternate.
  • Parent Involvement Committee: Kelly will be the active member. McConnell will be the alternate.
  • Committee: Consists of all Board members. They serve on a rotating basis, with three required to participate in each meeting

Administrative committees
Trustees selected membership on administrative committees.

For 2020, administrative committees will consist of the following members:

  • Indigenous Education Advisory Committee: Brant and Parks.
  • Equity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee: Brant and Anne Chatten.
  • Great Place Awards Committee: Binder and McConnell.
  • Instructional Technology Advisory Committee: Hutchison.
  • Leadership Development Steering Committee: Hutchison and Lucille Kyle.
  • Safe Schools Advisory Committee: Danes.
  • Specialist High Skills Majors Advisory Committee: Hutchison.
  • Mental Health Leadership Team: Parks will be the active member. McConnell will be the alternate.

External committees

  • Food for Learning Partnership: Kyle.

HPEDSB serves approximately 15,000 students each day at 40 schools (33 elementary, one K-12; four 7-12 and two secondary). Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning.

The district covers a wide geographic area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

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