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Cape Breton-Victoria school board chair will be appointed by minister


SYDNEY - It will be up to Education Minister Karen Casey to appoint the next chair of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

Casey’s involvement is necessary following a tie vote among school board members in deciding between Lorne Green and John Berk for the chair position.

The vote was held Tuesday evening after the newly elected board was sworn in at Sherwood Park Education Centre in Sydney.

Green, the African Nova Scotia representative on the board, was first elected to the board in 2004 and has served as chair for the last nine years.

Berk, the representative for Victoria-South of Smokey, is entering his second term as a board member after first being elected in 2012.

Both Green and Berk let their names stand when nominated for chair.

School board spokesperson Michelle MacLeod said the initial vote was a tie, so a second vote was held and members were still deadlocked.

“Once that happens we have to put a request into the governing council (Minister Casey) to appoint a chair,” she said. “We haven’t had this happen before, but they have had it happen in other boards.”

The timeline for the appointment is not yet known, as it will be up to the minister who can choose from among all 16 members of the school board.

The vote for vice-chair will be held once a chair is appointed.

Fourteen familiar faces are back as members of the board — Berk, Green, Fred Tilley, Jack Toomey, Stephen Parsons, Joyce Lind and Gary Fraser were all acclaimed, while Stewart Matheson, Joan Currie, Yvonne Kennedy, Charlotte Shaw, Sandra Margettie and Jackie Organ were all re-elected. Lorne MacNeil and Liane Burke are the two new members of the board, and Darren Googoo has been reappointed as the First Nations representative.

Casey’s involvement is necessary following a tie vote among school board members in deciding between Lorne Green and John Berk for the chair position.

The vote was held Tuesday evening after the newly elected board was sworn in at Sherwood Park Education Centre in Sydney.

Green, the African Nova Scotia representative on the board, was first elected to the board in 2004 and has served as chair for the last nine years.

Berk, the representative for Victoria-South of Smokey, is entering his second term as a board member after first being elected in 2012.

Both Green and Berk let their names stand when nominated for chair.

School board spokesperson Michelle MacLeod said the initial vote was a tie, so a second vote was held and members were still deadlocked.

“Once that happens we have to put a request into the governing council (Minister Casey) to appoint a chair,” she said. “We haven’t had this happen before, but they have had it happen in other boards.”

The timeline for the appointment is not yet known, as it will be up to the minister who can choose from among all 16 members of the school board.

The vote for vice-chair will be held once a chair is appointed.

Fourteen familiar faces are back as members of the board — Berk, Green, Fred Tilley, Jack Toomey, Stephen Parsons, Joyce Lind and Gary Fraser were all acclaimed, while Stewart Matheson, Joan Currie, Yvonne Kennedy, Charlotte Shaw, Sandra Margettie and Jackie Organ were all re-elected. Lorne MacNeil and Liane Burke are the two new members of the board, and Darren Googoo has been reappointed as the First Nations representative.

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