The Abbotsford Board of Education has new but familiar faces at its helm. Elected chair for the coming year is trustee Cindy Schafer, who was board chair from 2008-11.
John Sutherland was elected vice-chair. The veteran trustee was the board chair last year. Each will serve a one-year term.
Schafer recounted some highlights for the board and district this past year, including the new Abbotsford Senior Secondary School and Sweeney Neighbourhood Centre and Abbotsford Community Library.
She acknowledged the teachers' strike in 2011-2012 caused some concern and disruption in schools. She also pointed to regular meetings trustees have with the district youth council - known as YC34 - as a real highlight, and a useful time for board members.
The election was held at a special public meeting of the board on Dec. 4.
Committee assignments and school liaisons will be announced on Dec. 11.