NSSBA Elects Executive

    DARTMOUTH, NS, June 9 /CNW/ - Members of the Nova Scotia School Boards
Association (NSSBA) elected their executive for the 2008-09 term at the
association's 54th annual general meeting (AGM), June 6 at the Old Orchard
Inn, Wolfville, N.S.
    Ron Marks, a member of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, was
elected to the position of president of the provincial body. This is the
second time for Marks to be at the helm of the NSSBA. He previously served as
president from 2004-2006. Marks, a professional engineer, has been committed
to public education for over two decades. He has extensive experience in
municipal leadership and governance as the former Mayor of Stellarton. His
involvement with the NSSBA has been significant. Besides serving on the
executive for several years, he chairs the association's lead & achieve
committee, which sets NSSBA's priorities for public education and lobbies for
more dollars to fund the system. He has also chaired two provincial
conferences for the association.
    Students are always the main focus for Marks. Speaking at the AGM in
reference to the importance of school boards for improving the opportunities
for all students in the system, Marks said "School boards matter, school board
members matter and democracy matters!" He went on to say that he believes in
the work and leadership that school boards provide.
    Recognizing that school boards and the NSSBA are operating in challenging
times, he left the members with an important message on his 'three Ls'. "NSSBA
needs to listen, learn and continue to lead," said Marks.
    Joining Marks on the executive are first vice president, Ken Gaudet,
chairperson of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial; second vice president,
Jenny White, board member with the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board;
treasurer, Wanda Broome, chairperson of the South Shore Regional School Board
and past president Elliott Payzant, board member, South Shore Regional School
    Approximately 70 delegates attended this year's event, hosted by the
Annapolis Valley Regional School Board.

    The NSSBA is the provincial voice for school boards.

For further information:

For further information: Ron Marks, president, NSSBA, (902) 755-1483
(H), (902) 491-2854 (O), (902) 396-7519 (C); Sharon Findlay-MacPhee,
communications manager, NSSBA, (902) 491-2856 (O), (902) 221-6881 (C)

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