Restoring trust Aspin’s top priority
Jay aspin acclaimed chairman of the Near North district school board
Newly acclaimed chairman Jay aspin didn’t hold back any punches Tuesday in his opening remarks at the inaugural meeting of the new Near North district school board.
“make no mistake about it, as many of us articulated during the election, this will be a year of significant reformation to regain the trust and reputation the Near North district school board deserves,” he said.
“We have many challenges ahead, such as the ombudsman’s report, elementary and secondary accommodation in North bay and Parry sound, a contemporary governance model, a multi-year plan, secondary programming and culture transformation to ensure accountability, transparency and open communications.”
With so many challenges ahead, aspin said it’s his view that trustees need to “roll up their sleeves and hit the ground running.
“To that end, I am proposing a special meeting of the board this month to quickly sort out our priorities.”
The meeting is scheduled for dec. 10.
“We have so much on our plate and we’re going to need to sort it out. We’ll do it in a collective manner and decide which items need immediate priority compared to the longer term items,” he said.
aspin said the objective for the first year is to re-establishing the board’s reputation.
“It’s going to be very difficult and take a lot of hard work. When you break trust, it takes a long time to get it back. It doesn’t happen overnight,” he said.
aspin was acclaimed as board chairman. Trustee John cochrane was elected as vice-chair.
aspin served as a trustee on two separate occasions, as well as being a member of North bay council.
recently he was Nipissingtimiskaming mp, president of the Federation of Northern ontario municipalities (Fonom) and president of the Northern ontario school Trustees association (Nosta).