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Martha Ratcliffe returned as chair of Livingstone Range School Board

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Livingstone Range School Board has a familiar face to chair its meetings.
At its organizational meeting Sept. 9 the school board re-elected trustee Martha Ratcliffe as chair in a secret ballot over trustee Shannon Scherger.
Both candidates offered some comments before trustees voted.
Ratcliffe said last year was interesting and challenging with three new trustees and a new superintendent.
It was challenge for the new ones to get used to the way things are done in Livingstone Range School Division, and a challenge for the current trustees to see how people viewed things with fresh eyes.
“I think now we’re better able to plan for the future,” Ratcliffe said. “We’ve laid some good ground work.”
Scherger said she did not want to sell herself, and the only issue she had with being chair is the commitment of time required when she has children and a part-time job as well.
Scherger said she appreciated Ratcliffe’s work this past year, but noted the board needs to work on succession and transition so anyone can be board chair.
“I find that position of chair fascinating,” Scherger said, adding all trustees are leaders.
“Last year was an amazing year,” Scherger said, pointing to the work done on the board’s strategic vision and collaboration.
Scherger closed by saying she would like to work at looking at board priorities and making sure they align with objectives and the work being done.
Trustees then took a few minutes and, by secret ballot, selected Ratcliffe.
Trustee Brad Toone was then acclaimed as vice-chairman.