The following is a copy of the resignation letter submitted by Vancouver school board chair Christopher Richardson at tonight's (June 15) regular board meeting.
Text of the letter:
LETTER of RESIGNATION
Good afternoon, after a great deal of consideration, I have decided to resign, effective immediately, as Chairperson of the Vancouver Board of Education.
The last six months have been challenging, yet exciting times as the Board took decisive action to begin to address chronic budgetary challenges and took steps to address essential seismic upgrades, within a yet to be embarked upon updated strategic plan.
I am also please that strides have been made to seek a more positive tone upon which to move forward.
In the months to come, I look forward to continuing my responsibilities as a Trustee and focusing on a number of important initiatives including a comprehensive food strategy for all school children year-around, offering earlier assessments and interventions for those with learning differences, and closing a funding shortfall that will enable the completion of the Aboriginal Carving Pavillon at Britannia, amonst other initiatives.
During my many District and school visits I have been amazed at the dedication, skill and commitment of our Superintendent, senior administrators, teachers, school and District-based support staff along with parents, volunteers and supporters, and all those who assist in making learning work for all our students.
Should timing and circumstances align, in the future, I would be honoured to be considered for future leadership roles within the Board.
I wish to acknowledge the support and understanding that my wife, Alison and sons, Kirk and Matthew have offered, to enable me to undertake the role of Chairperson. It was an honour of a lifetime.
Submitted this 15th day of June, 2015
Christopher JK Richardson, CPA, FCA
Chairperson, Vancouver Board of Education