Langleyâ€™s school board chair wonâ€™t be running for a third term.
Instead, Wendy Johnson is, after 40 years in education, semi-retiring and moving to New Westminster next year.
Johnson, who will be 65 years old in 2015, has served two terms as a school trustee and three years as board chair.
â€œIâ€™m very proud of this board and its accomplishments over the three years I have served as its chair. We paid off the $13 million deficit one year ahead of schedule, we hired a new district leadership team, we developed Langleyâ€™s first long-term facilities plan through public consultation, we implemented almost all of the recommendations from the Auditor-Generalâ€™s report, we established liaison committees with the Township and the City of Langley, and weâ€™ve established a democratic committee structure to guide the board in its future endeavours.â€
She started as a classroom teacher in 1973 and moved on to become an administrator in 1990. Johnson was named Langleyâ€™s Woman of the Year in 2001 and received the Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 from the provincial government for her leadership at the inner-city Langley school. In 2008 she completed her doctorate in education, the same year she ran for school board.
â€œItâ€™s time now to step back a bit from the intensity of all this work,â€ commented Johnson.