Official trustee appointed

Education Minister Mike Bernier has appointed B.C. chief educator Dianne Turner as the official trustee for Vancouver school district.

She replaces the previous board of education which was dismissed for failing to comply with its legal obligation to adopt a balanced budget by June 30, 2016.

As an official trustee, appointed under the School Act, Turner assumes all the duties and responsibilities typically required of a board of education, including the obligations to conduct public board meetings and community consultations.

"Having worked in Vancouver school for many years, it's a privilege to be asked to return to the district to help," said Turner. "My first step will be meeting with staff to bring me up to speed with what is happening in the school district."

Born, raised and educated in Vancouver, Turner taught for 13 years as a science teacher and department head in the Vancouver school district before becoming a vice-principal. She held this position at various schools for several years, and then became principal at Point Grey Secondary. Following four years at Point Grey, Turner was appointed as the principal at Eric Hamber Secondary for five years.

In August 2008, Turner became the assistant superintendent at the Delta school district. After two years in this position, she became Delta school district's superintendent. Turner was in this role for six years before being hired as B.C.'s chief educator in August 2016.

This week's public meetings have been cancelled to allow time for the official trustee to meet with staff and familiarize herself with the key issues facing the district.

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