Strait regional school board superintendent Ford Rice (left) is seen here with newly elected chair Jamie Samson, and vice-chair Richelle MacLaughlin.

PORT HAWKESBURY: At their Annual Organizational Meeting on November 1, the Strait regional school board (SRSB) elected new leadership for the upcoming year.

Jamie Samson has been selected as the new chair of the SRSB, and Richelle MacLaughlin will serve as vice-chair. Both are one year terms and begin immediately.

This will be Samson’s first term as chair. He has served two terms as vice-chair since he became a member of the board in 2012. He has served on several committees including policy, audit, by-laws, and attendance.

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“Thank you to my colleagues for the opportunity to represent the board. I think at the end of the day, the important part is that we have 12 governing members who are focused on student achievement and success, supporting a staff also focused on student achievement and success,” said Samson following Wednesday’s meeting.

Samson will replace Francine Boudreau, who served as chair of the SRSB for three terms.

“I appreciate the opportunity to work with Francine as vice-chair for two years. I’ve learned a lot from Francine and I think it will help me in my direction as the board chair,” said Samson.

Richelle MacLaughlin has served on the SRSB since 2008, and has previously served one term as vice-chair. She has also served on several committees including policy, by-laws, audit, attendance, superintendent’s hiring, and resolutions. She is also on the board of directors for the Nova Scotia School Boards Association.

“I believe that we have a very good team around our entire table, including board members and staff, so I feel very fortunate to be part of that,” said MacLaughlin.

SRSB superintendent Ford Rice has worked closely with Samson and MacLaughlin, and feels optimistic about the board’s direction over the upcoming year.

“I’m looking forward to working with both Richelle and Jamie in their new roles,” said Rice. “We’re here to provide the students in the Strait regional school board… the best possible education that we can, so we’re looking forward to continuing that.”