Board chair apologizes to parent
New Westminster board of education chair James Janzen has apologized for a comment he made in the media.
Janzen told Tuesday’s board meeting he was sorry for saying Paul Johansen, past president of the District Parent Advisory Council, had “a hard-on” for district secretary-treasurer Brian Sommerfeldt on several issues.
Although Janzen has not apologized to Johansen in person or by letter, Johansen acknowledged the chair had said he was sorry for his inappropriate and unprofessional comments, adding he hopes the apology also indicates a desire for more respectful communication with DPAC and all school PACs in the city.
Trustee MaryAnn Mortensen said the apology was sincere. “I was proud our chair did that. It was very good of him.”