The contentious issue of who should chair the Vancouver School Board, and how they should act, is back in the spotlight.
Trustees have asked staff to research a policy on the role and responsibilities of the board chair.
Lone Green trustee Janet Fraser says current NPA Chair Fraser Ballentyne isn’t always clear who he is speaking for.
“I think there has been instances where he is the board chair and he hasn’t been clear whether he is speaking on behalf of the corporate board or on behalf of himself as an individual trustee.”
The issue came to a head earlier this year when former chair NPA Christopher Richardson presented to Vancouver City Hall requesting pot shops be located 500 meters away from schools, instead of the proposed 300 meters.
It turns out not all trustees were consulted or even aware of the move.
He later resigned as chair amidst controversy surrounding an Ernst & Young audit that called for the closure of up to 19 schools in Vancouver.
Richardson remains on as a trustee.
Fraser says a new board chair could be elected at the next board meeting on Dec. 14.
With the board split evenly between NPA and Vision trustees, Fraser’s single swing vote will likely decide who takes the job.
She says she hasn’t decided which way she will swing this time, but has backed an NPA candidate in both of the last two votes.