Familiar faces back as chair, vice-chair at Cowichan Valley School District

Trustee Candace Spilsbury was returned unopposed to the position of chair of the Cowichan Valley board of education Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Trustee Candace Spilsbury was returned unopposed to the position of chair of the Cowichan Valley board of education Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Subsequently, trustee Barb de Groot was also returned to her position as vice-chair.

After re-gaining the chair, Spilsbury said she felt this board, after two years in office, has “built a good foundation” and she personally has been “really gratified” to see that public opinion seems to indicate the board is effective.

Spilsbury pointed to efforts to work more closely with other levels of government and local First Nations, the decision to focus even more closely on improving educational success for aboriginal students, and finding ways to encourage the public to donate to the school district so more funds can be made available for educational projects, as initiatives she especially supported.

She also praised the capital planning going forward at the district and the work that’s been done to try to get a replacement for Cowichan Secondary School.