Former teacher and principal Dominic Mazzotta is York Catholic District School Board’s (YCDSB) new chair, while Maria Marchese will serve as vice-chair.
Both were elected for a one-year term at the board’s inaugural meeting on December 4.
Mazzotta, trustee for Richmond Hill, had previously served as trustee for eight years. “I strongly believe that with the tools of collaboration, best practices, transparency, accountability and parent consultation, the YCDSB will no doubt expose a more beautiful statue that will be the envy of all school systems in Ontario,” he said in reference to a quote by renaissance artist Michelangelo.
Marchese, trustee for Vaughan Area 3: Ward 3 (Woodbridge) offers experience in human resources, policy development and finance. “I am very optimistic about the future of the YCDSB as we enter into its 50th Anniversary as a school board,” she said. “I look forward to working with this new Board of Trustees to increase student academic success, improve student well-being and ensure that all students of the YCDSB have every opportunity to reach their full potential.”
The YCDSB is made up of 10 elected trustees and two non-voting student trustees.
Individual trustees may inform the Board of concerns or issues related to their constituents and community. The Board oversees 101 schools and 53,000 students throughout York Region.
Returning trustees also include Elizabeth Crowe (Aurora, King, Whitchurch-Stouffville), Theresa McNicol (East Gwillimbury, Georgina, Newmarket), Carol Cotton (Markham Area 1: Wards 1, 2, 3 and 6 Thornhill/Unionville) and Dino Giuliani (Vaughan Area 2: Ward 2 [Woodbridge]).
Newly-elected trustees include James Ecker (Markham Area 2: Wards 4, 5, 7 and 8 [Milliken/Markham/Unionville]), Maria Iafrate (Richmond Hill), Rose Cantisano (Vaughan Area 1: Ward 1 Maple/Kleinburg) and Jennifer Wigston (Vaughan Area 4: Wards 4/5 Thornhill/Concord). Returning student trustees are Sophia Trozzo and Matthew Ho.