The Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) board will have some familiar faces for the 2018/19 school year.
 
On Thursday (Aug.30), the board held its annual organization meeting where they selected one of the trustees to be the board chair and another to be the vice-chair for the upcoming year.
 
Trina Boymook was re-elected as board chair for her sixth consecutive term.
 
"It's really quite an honour to have the trust and the confidence of the trustees to carry out their work and I really look forward to continuing on in that role," said Boymook.
 
Boymook explained that she runs for the position each year as she is passionate about education and meeting the needs of students. Before being elected her first time, she'd held a number of other leadership roles in education.
 
Selected as her vice-chair for the second year was Heather Wall.
 
"The two of us work really well together. We both came onto the board at the same time, in October 2013. I have a high degree of respect for Heather Wall's perspective. She's wonderful to work with, she's a strong individual and has great leadership capacities herself. I believe we do make a strong team," Boymook said.
 
Moving forward, the board plans to continue focusing on growth in Fort Saskatchewan and Sherwood Park.
 
“I’m excited about the year ahead. It promises to be an interesting one with new opportunities and new challenges as we carry on our work to ensure high-quality education for our students,” added Wall.
 
One of the challenges that they face every year is funding. Their main goal is to protect students' learning environments and make sure they aren't affected by any shortfall in funds.
 
"It's about being smart with the resources we have and being creative in how we meet the needs of the students," explained Boymook.
 
The board is having a retreat in September where they will discuss what projects they will focus on in the upcoming year.

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