12/08/2014 11:43 EST | Updated 02/07/2015 05:59 EST

Patti Bacchus ousted as Vancouver School Board chair

Vision Vancouver's Patti Bacchus has been ousted as the chair of the Vancouver School Board and been replaced by newly-elected NPA trustee Christopher Richardson.  

Although the election in November was a decisive victory for Vision Vancouver, the party lost control of the school board, which now has four Vision trustees, four NPA trustees and one Green trustee.

Bacchus was re-elected, but she did not hold on to her position as chair at a meeting Monday night. 

She has been the chair since 2008, when she was first elected as a trustee. Under her tenure, the board has opened its first Aboriginal-focused school of choice and an early Mandarin bilingual program, and expanded the Montessori programming and the first primary International Baccalaureate Program.

New NPA chair 

Richardson, the newly elected board chair, was the last of nine trustees to be voted in during the election last month. 

He promised to improve school resources for students with learning issues during the campaign.

According to his campaign bio, Richardson is a chartered accountant and has served three times as a Vancouver Park Board Commissioner.