Algoma District School Board held their Inaugural Meeting on December 2nd. Jennifer Sarlo will continue in her role as Chair of the Board while Gladys Wiggins will continue in her role as Vice Chair as both were acclaimed at the Inaugural Meeting.
Chair Jennifer Sarlo
Jennifer Sarlo was first elected as a Trustee for the Algoma District School Board in 2006 serving Ward One, Sault Ste. Marie. In 2009, Jennifer became Vice Chair of the Board and in December 2011, she was elected as Chair. She has served as an alternate member of the Ontario Public School Board Association’s (OPSBA’s) Policy Committee. In her years with the board, Jennifer has also taken an active role in the School Effectiveness Visits and has been on the New Schools Steering Committee. She has been a member of the Finance and Operations Committee, the Discipline Committee and the External Audit Committee.
Prior to being elected to the Algoma District School Board, Jennifer was the Chair of ADSB’s School Council Coordinating Committee (SCCC) now known as the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC). She was also the Chair of Grand View Public School’s School Council. She has always been very supportive and involved in the elementary and high schools her children attended (Grand View, Korah and White Pines). Jennifer is also an involved and respected member of her community and her church.
Jennifer addressed the board following her acclimation: “The past year has been an exciting and a rewarding one and I have come to acknowledge that I too am one of the many learners in the ADSB. I find the work of the chair challenging and diverse. With a dynamic leadership team at our helm, we are continually forced to confront the way we do things and seek every opportunity from the classroom, to the budget discussion, to the board table to meet the diverse needs of every student in our system. With our new strategic plan firmly in place, I believe we are well poised as a board to continue to build confident learners and caring citizens that will positively impact our schools, our community and our world. I look forward to continuing to work with our director Lucia Reece and our strong Senior Administration team as we further drill into our strategic priorities around achievement, well-being and engagement.”
For a complete transcript of Chair Sarlo’s message please go to www.adsb.on.ca/Chair’sMessage.
Vice Chair Gladys Wiggins
Gladys Wiggins became a Trustee with the Algoma District School Board in December 2006, representing the city of Elliot Lake where she has lived and worked for over 53 years. Gladys was elected Vice Chair of the Board in 2012 and acclaimed in 2013.
Gladys worked at Elliot Lake Secondary School, first as an occasional classroom supervisor and then as guidance secretary, a position she held for almost 28 years, retiring in 2005.
She served on the Joint Health & Safety Committees of the North Shore Board of Education and the Algoma District School Board for almost twelve years, serving as co-chair for part of that time. Gladys has sat on the Parent Involvement, Discipline and Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL) Committees. She also regularly attends Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA) events including the Annual General Meeting, the Public Symposium, as well as the Northern Region’s Annual General Meeting.
Gladys is an active member of her local church. She serves as a Board Member and pianist. She has also assisted as Project Co-ordinator for a Demolition/Construction project at her church.
Gladys thanked the board for their support in having her continue as Vice Chair. “It is a humbling experience to be a trustee with the Algoma District School Board. It is a great thing to be involved with an organization that cares for children. Thank you for the confidence you have placed in me.”
OPSBA Committee Appointments
The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) requests that each board appoint a Director to OPSBA Board of Directors and a Voting Delegate to the Annual General Meeting of OPSBA. Boards are also requested to appoint alternates for these positions. These appointments are for one year terms.
At the Inaugural Meeting the Board confirmed the appointment of Trustee Bob McEachren as Director to OPSBA Board of Directors and Voting Delegate for the Annual General Meeting of Ontario Public School Boards’ Association for 2015.
The Board confirmed the appointment of Trustee Susan Thayer as the Alternate for the Director to OPSBA Board of Directors and voting Delegate to Ontario Public School Boards’ Annual General Meeting for 2015