There’s been a shakeup at the top as Rhonda Kershaw was acclaimed Monday as the new chair of the Kamloops-Thompson school board.
The vice-chair and third term Barriere/Little Fort trustee is replacing Kathleen Karpuk, who announced her resignation last week.
“I look forward to working with you all and thank you very much for the vote of confidence,” Kershaw said during Monday night’s video-link meeting. “We have a busy summer and fall ahead of us.”
Karpuk nominated Kershaw to take the chair position.
Kershaw’s replacement as vice-chair will be former board chair Meghan Wade.
Kershaw and Wade will serve in the positions for the next three months as the board votes annually on the positions of chair and vice chair each November.
There was competition for the vice-chair job with Wade beating out trustee Heather Grieve, who was nominated by Kershaw.
“We’ve got three months and we’ve got a lot on our plate,” Wade said during Monday’s meeting. “I’ve always been known to do what’s in the best interest of the board and that’s why I agreed to be nominated for the three-month stint.”
Wade opted not to seek the chair position in 2018, saying at the time she wanted to spend more time with her husband, who was retiring.
Following her nomination Monday, Grieve said that she would work to be transparent, inclusive and collaborative, noting they are in for some interesting times as things change within the district.
Wade’s nomination came by way of trustee Joe Small.
All nine trustees were in attendance for the meeting and cast their votes via text message.
Wade won by majority vote, the tally for which was not revealed.
The Kamloops-Thompson school district is also in the midst of a change of superintendent, with Alison Sidow announcing last month she will be retiring from the position at the end of August.
Karpuk, who has served as a trustee since 2008, will remain in her role as a trustee, but has taken a step back due to new work commitments.