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School board to elect new chair, vice-chair

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The Rainy River District School Board may see a changing of the guard Tuesday night as trustees elect a chair and vice-chair for 2002 at their regular monthly meeting here.

The current chair is Gordon McBride, with Dan Belluz acting as vice-chair. The latter said Monday that he plans to run again.

“It’s been a very successful year,” Belluz said.

One of the greatest achievements he cited was the jump in literacy test scores for local grade three and six students in this year.

“I think it has a lot to do with board initiative, and the support of our teachers,” Belluz noted.

The new chair and vice-chair will be elected from among the trustees, who also include Martin Darrah (Devlin), Judy Eluik (Atikokan), Jim Leonard (Rainy River First Nation), Ron McAlister (Rainy River), and Frank Sheppard (Emo).

Also Tuesday, the board will:

•see a presentation on the “Reading Recovery” program by teacher Kathy Livicker;

•receive a report from the school closure committee;

•hear a musical presentation by students of Alberton Central School;

•receive school profiles of the Sturgeon Creek/Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program/Nestor Falls schools by principal Don McBride;

•hear reports from the finance and occupational health and safety committees;

•discuss the proposed legislation, “Quality in the Classroom Act 2001”; and

•possibly approve the December personnel report, which notes one leave of absence.

The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in the board office adjacent to Robert Moore School.

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