Palliser Regional Schools announces names of review panelists

The Board of Trustees of Palliser Regional Schools has announced the two individuals selected to conduct an independent, organizational review of the school system.

Dr. Terence Weninger resides in Lethbridge, while Dr. Kelly Williams-Whitt is from Calgary. The two have agreed to conduct the review, set to start June 1 at the latest, and end Oct. 31 at the latest.

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    Dr. Weninger spent many years working in the Saskatchewan education system.  He has also served as Vice President of Administration and Acting Vice President, Academic at Medicine Hat College.  He has lived in Lethbridge since retiring as President of Yukon College in 2011.

    Dr. Williams-Whitt is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Management at the University of Lethbridge.  She has both an MBA and PhD from the University of Calgary and has an extensive background in issues such as conflict resolution, human resource management and workplace diversity.

    The board-approved budget for the work can not exceed $74,500.

    Superintendent Kevin Gietz requested the review back in January. He asked the board to approve an independent review of the school system in order to reduce distractions caused by numerous online allegations and rumors about him.

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    An online petition started by a concerned parent group that gathered over 400 names is what prompted Gietz to ask for the independent review of  the Palliser board.

    The board agreed and formed a committee to recommend candidates to conduct the review.

    More information on the review process will be provided as it becomes available.

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