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Regina Catholic board elects new chair

By Frank Flegel

11/16/2016

REGINA — Donna Ziegler is the new chair for a one-year term of the Regina Catholic School Division. She was acclaimed at the board’s annual organizational meeting held Nov. 7 in the Catholic Education Centre Board Room. Rob Bresciani was acclaimed deputy chair and will also serve a one-year term.

Three new trustees elected in the Oct. 26 civic election also took their seats: Robert Kowalchuk, Deb Bresciani, and Richard Dittrick, all retired education administrators or teachers, were elected in their first attempt to run.

Kowalchuk, former Education Superintendent with the Regina Catholic School Board, now serves as director of Pastoral Services for the Archdiocese of Regina. Bresciani retired at the end of June after serving 27 years as an educator, and Richard Dittrick retired after 30 years as a teacher, chaplain and principal.

The three filled vacancies left by Lisa Polk, who decided not to run this time in order to concentrate on new responsibilities in her parish; Nicole Saurer, who was elected an NDP MLA in the April provincial election; and Gerald Kiesinger, who retired after a career spanning 37 years as teacher, educational psychologist and trustee. Ziegler, Rob Bresciani, Vicky Bonnell and Frank Flegel were all re-elected to the seven-member board of trustees.

Ziegler, in a statement to the Prairie Messenger, said education is in interesting times given financial and growth challenges. “We have been meeting and exceeding the goals under the Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP, established by the Ministry of Education) and we have been prudent with our finances and currently have a balanced budget. Our challenge is to balance expectations of stakeholders in light of challenges and deliver the best practises possible given those challenges.”

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