Belluz to chair public board

At its first meeting since the Nov. 10 election, Dan Belluz and Judy Eluik were acclaimed chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the Rainy River District School Board on Tuesday night.
Gord McBride, the previous chair, nominated Belluz, while Ron McAlister nominated Eluik. No other nominations were made.
McBride had held the position of chair for the last three years, and 14 of his 27 years on the board. As reported in yesterday’s Daily Bulletin, he decided to bow out.
“It’s time to give somebody else the job, which is an important and responsible one,” he noted.
All the trustees were sworn in Tuesday night, including Belluz and McBride (Fort Frances), Eluik (Atikokan), McAlister (Rainy River), Martin Darrah (Alberton-La Vallee), and newcomer Margaret Heyens (Chapple-Emo).
First Nations rep James Leonard also was sworn in after being re-appointed to the board by the seven First Nations of the district last week.
Also at Tuesday night’s meeting, the board introduced Raymond Roy as its new manager of plant operations and maintenance.
Roy, who previously was superintendent of works for the Town of Fort Frances, will replace Murray Quinn, who is retiring at the end of the year.
In other business, the board:
•heard a presentation from paramedic John Beaton on the First Response Team at Fort Frances High School (the first of its kind in the province);
•approved a motion to submit a plan for criminal background checks for board employees to stakeholder consultation;
•approved a new harassment policy; and
•agreed to renew the Country View Child Care lease at the Crossroads school to Aug. 31, 2006.
(Fort Frances Times)