Comment 95138

By Noted (anonymous) | Posted November 24, 2013 at 21:26:56

The chair of Hamilton's public school board plans to step aside and is giving a run for city council serious consideration.

Tim Simmons announced last week that he would be relinquishing the top post at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board that he's held for two years to give someone else a chance to step forward. And now, he adds, to potentially prepare for his own 2014 campaign for Ward 3 councillor.

"Truth be told, others have asked if I'd consider running for something else," Simmons said Saturday. "My wife, Kyoung-Ju, and I have promised ourselves to take time with our kids over Christmas to decide how to best serve our community."

There are lots of factors to consider, he says.

For one thing, Simmons and his wife both run small businesses, and he says the shift to City Hall would be a huge transition.

Unlike the Catholic board, where Pat Daly has been chair since 1991, it is "tradition," he says, for HWDSB chairs to rotate the top position every two years.
"It is the culture of the board to share these leadership roles," he said.

His two years are up — and he sat as vice-chair for two years before that.

In a swan-song address, Simmons said he believes trustees this term successfully transformed the board into "a transparent, equitable, forward-thinking organization."

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