David Thompson, the former vice chair of the Lloydminster public School Division Board of Education was named the chair of the group at the last board meeting.
Thompson takes over the position from Colleen Young, who was elected on Nov. 13 as Saskatchewan MLA for Lloydminster.
Thompson said that it was an honour to be named chair.
“I feel honoured to be chairing this board, we have a lot of things going on in education in Lloydminster and at the Lloydminster Public School Board (LPSD), so it’s an exciting time to be chairing this board.”
Thompson added that he is excited to be coming in as chair when both the province and school board are in a time of transition.
“One of the really exciting things, is that we are coming together under the education sector plan, where 28 schools divisions will come together and work on a few priorities.”
Thompson said that the Education Sector Strategic Plan is a good tool to help learn from the success of other school boards in the province of Saskatchewan.
“When the 28 school board chairs get together they will discuss how things are going within the Education Sector Plan. When one school division is doing well in one section of the sector plan, then the other school divisions will be able to learn from that school division,” he said.
“We have priorities that we will be looking at as well, but mainly my focus will be on the Education Sector plan.”
The plan has three priorities for all school boards across the province.
“Achievement within the area of reading, closing the gap between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people and improving grad rates,” he said. “All three things are tied together.”
As to what transitions the school board is going through, Thompson said that with the new incoming director of LPSD, and senior staff at the board there is some change taking place.
“We are also opening up a new school, which students will be in (today), but we have a main focus on the three priorities that are laid out in the Education Sector Plan.”
Thompson has been on the board of education since 2009. Before retirement, he worked at the College of Education in Saskatoon, recruiting teachers for the northeast corner of the province.
Serving Thompson as the vicechair will be Karoline Kennedy.