VSB Head Christopher Richardson Resigns

The head of the Vancouver School Board, Christopher Richardson, has announced his resignation from his leadership role in a statement made on a regular board meeting on Monday evening. Richardson explained that he has made the decision due to “deeply personal matters.” He alleged that “it’s time to move forward” and “it was done for the best interests of the board. … I felt it was best to step aside.”

A VSB news release has confirmed that the school board trustees are now scheduled to elect a new chairperson on June 24. While reading the announcement, emotional Richardson revealed that “the last six months have been challenging, yet exciting times as the Board took decisive action to begin to address chronic budgetary challenges,” adding that “in the months to come, I look forward to continuing my responsibilities as a Trustee and focusing on a number of important initiatives. … Should timing and circumstances align, in the future, I would be honoured to be considered for future leadership roles within the board.”

There is not much information in the announcement or VSB news release about why Richardson served his resignation. He told reporters after the meeting that in his time as chairman he had made a start on “setting a new tone” and working collaboratively and cooperatively with stakeholders and his fellow trustees. Richardson admitted that although his every move was not successful, the budget process in particular was “a lot less acrimonious than it was in prior years.”

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