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Two new faces to lead Hastings Prince Edward District School Board

A new chair and vice-chair of the Board have been elected for the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Shannon Binder, left, was elected as Chair of the Hastings Prince Edward District School Board and Lisa Anne Chatten was elected vice-chair, effective December 2018 for one year.

At its initial meeting Monday, Dec. 3 the new board of trustees elected Shannon Binder as chair and Lisa Anne Chatten as vice-chair.

Binder expressed appreciation and looks forward to the challenges ahead.

“Being nominated for chair of the board took me by surprise and I am humbled by the confidence in me of the other board members,” she said. “I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead and to serving students and their families as a school board trustee.”

Binder was elected in the October 2018 municipal election and represents Southeast Hastings.

Chatten acknowledged her interest in being a new school board trustee.

“It is an honour and a privilege to serve the public who elected me—an even further honour and privilege to be voted as vice-chair by my peers. I look forward to working together and taking positive and proactive steps together for the students of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board,” she said.

Chatten, also elected in October, is one of two trustees representing Belleville/Thurlow.

The two begin duties immediately and are to serve through to the end of November 2019.

The Hastings Prince Edward District School Board trustees include, from left, back row: Mike Brant, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte; Michael Rush, Belleville/Thurlow; Lucille Kyle, North Hastings; and Spencer Hutchison, Trenton/CFB Trenton. (from left, middle row): Bonnie Danes, Centre Hastings; Jennifer Cobb, North Prince Edward County; Kristen Parks, Sidney/Frankford; and Alison Kelly, South Prince Edward. (from left, front row): Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education; Shannon Binder, Southeast Hastings and Chair of the Board; and Lisa Anne Chatten, Belleville/Thurlow and Vice-chair of the Board.

The Board of Trustees has 10 members, which in addition to Binder and Chatten includes Mike Brant, representing Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte; Jennifer Cobb, representing North Prince Edward County; Bonnie Danes, representing Centre Hastings; Spencer Hutchison, representing Trenton and CFB Trenton; Alison Kelly, representing South Prince Edward County; Lucille Kyle, representing North Hastings; Kristen Parks, representing Sidney and Frankford; and Michael Rush, representing Belleville/Thurlow.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) serves approximately 15,000 students each day at 40 schools (33 elementary, one K-12 at PECI; two 7-12 and four secondary) and approximately 1,650 teaching and support staff.

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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