The Living Sky School Division has hired a new director of education, effective for the next school year.
David Hutchinson will replace current director Randy Fox when he retires at the end of August. According to board chair Ken Arsenault, the school division hired a consultant to find the best candidate possible.
“We went through a day long process identifying the most desirable traits we wanted for the school division, and we came up with seven or eight categories we wanted the candidate to have experience in,” Arsenault said.
He said some of those categories included past work as a principal, experience as a superintendent or senior administrator in a central office, an understanding of the education sector plan in Saskatchewan, understanding how budgets work, as well as experience with First Nations students.
Arsenault says Hutchinson was officially chosen at the weekly board meeting on Wednesday.
Hutchinson was most recently Superintendent/CEO with Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools in Nanaimo BC. He has also spent time in Manitoba where he worked as the Assistant Superintendent with the School District of Mystery Lake in northern Manitoba, as well as several years in Saskatchewan, nine of which were spent as the Superintendent of Instruction and School Services with the Regina Public School Division.
Over the course of his career, Hutchinson has been a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant and developer, educated teachers and worked in high school administration. He is a graduate of the University of Regina holding Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Education as well as a Master of Education degree. Hutchinson also has a Bachelor of Arts in Indian Studies from the First Nations University of Canada.
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