Langley School Board chair not in running

Langley’s school board chair won’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.

“I’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 Langley’s first long-term facilities plan through public consultation, we implemented almost all of the recommendations from the Auditor-General’s report, we established liaison committees with the Township and the City of Langley, and we’ve established a democratic committee structure to guide the board in its future endeavours.”

She started as a classroom teacher in 1973 and moved on to become an administrator in 1990. Johnson was named Langley’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.

“It’s time now to step back a bit from the intensity of all this work,” commented Johnson.

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