RVS trustee elected as School Boards Association president
By: Allison Chorney
| Posted: Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 11:03 am
On Nov. 19, Rocky View School (RVS) Trustee Helen Clease was elected president of the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) at the annual fall general meeting held in Edmonton.
“I was so humbled,” Clease said of when she heard the election results. “It really is an honour.”
Clease is in her third term as RVS trustee for Ward Four, representing Springbank and Bragg Creek and said she has been involved at different levels with ASBA since she became and RVS trustee in 2007.
She has held the position of both vice chair and chair of ASBA zone five, which includes RVS.
Clease said the new role will involve an adjustment in how she schedules her times as both president and trustee.
“It’s going to take me away from my role here (at RVS) quite a bit,” Clease said, adding the RVS board of trustees has given her their full support.
RVS Board Chair Colleen Munro echoed the sentiment at the Nov. 21, board meeting saying the board congratulates Clease and knows she will be busy in her new role but can count on continued support and understanding of the board.
“I am going to try and make it to most of the board meetings and try to get to school council meetings,” Clease said.
The new ASBA president said she will be spending a lot more time in Edmonton, where her ASBA office is located and will travel each month to one of the six ASBA zones to hear from various school boards.
“I want to hear what people are thinking,” she said.
“Ms. Clease is a great advocate for education and is committed to working with the community, parents and teachers to provide the best education possible for students in Rocky View,” said Michelle Glavine, Alberta Teachers’ Association Local 35 president, who represents RVS teachers.
“We look forward to continue to work with Ms. Clease within Rocky View and we are extending our heartfelt congratulations on her new leadership role within ASBA.”
Clease said her top priority is to build an effective team, which will begin with the ASBA’s new strategic plan.
“I really hope we can make a difference for all boards,” she said.
She added she will also work a lot more with the Provincial government to build a strong collaborative relationship.
Clease will serve a two-year term as president with Michael Janz from the Edmonton Public Schools board, who was also elected at the Nov. 19 meeting.
ASBA is the governing board for all 62 school boards in Alberta and works to set policy, act as a voice for all Alberta students and provide teachers with access to professional development, legal services and benefits, among other responsibilities.