York Region District School Board Director to Retire

    AURORA, ON, May 28 /CNW/ - At the Board meeting of May 28, 2009, Director
of Education Bill Hogarth announced his retirement effective December 31,
2009. Mr. Hogarth has been director of the York Region District School Board
for the past 16 years and an educator for the past 39 years.
    "It has been an honour to be part of this organization and to work with a
senior management and staff team who comes to work each day dedicated to
providing the best learning and working environment for the students in York
Region," expressed Mr. Hogarth. "I truly believe that our Board's mission
statement has come to life. Through our long-range planning, our strategic
hiring, and our focussed approach both in and out of the classroom, we have
been able to stay ahead of the curve - on the leading edge."
    Current Board Chair Diane Giangrande thanked Mr. Hogarth for his
leadership and wisdom. "It has been a tremendous comfort knowing that you are
here each day and that you work tirelessly to ensure that our students and
their parents are well served in York Region."
    Trustee Bill Crothers, who was former Board Chair for most of the years
that Mr. Hogarth served as director, gave a heartfelt congratulations and
thanks to the director. "We've known each other for many years and I am proud
to have worked with you and shared in your vision for public education. "
    Over the past 16 years, under Mr. Hogarth's leadership, the Board has
more than doubled in size from 71, 538 to close to 114, 000 students and from
123 schools to 193 as of September 2009. The York Region District School Board
is well respected across the province and has earned international recognition
due to its ongoing student success, strategic planning and innovative

    Bill Hogarth - Background

    As Director of Education, Bill Hogarth's leadership has been instrumental
in moving the York Region District School Board from a narrow internal focus
to a robust, continually evolving and sophisticated organization that
advocates not only for York Region students, but for public education as a
cornerstone of all healthy communities.
    He has accomplished this by routinely assessing and taking advantage of
the current economic situation, changing political environment, evolving
cultural diversity, and emerging information technology. His goal has been to
support student achievement through;

    -   a focus on literacy through quality program and assessment,
    -   an emphasis on staff expertise and leadership development throughout
        the system,
    -   fiscal accountability and innovation,
    -   a safe and healthy physical environment for staff and students,
    -   parent and student engagement,
    -   an awareness of global citizenship and responsibility, as well as
    -   community partnerships.

    His passion for student success is equalled only by his drive to seek new
alternatives and innovative partnerships that improve the experience of
student learning and the evolutionary nature of education. He is a
breakthrough thinker, who is sought after extensively throughout Canada and
beyond, bringing a breadth of experience acquired from educational systems
throughout the world.

    York Region Student Achievement
    The Board's EQAO scores are well over provincial averages - at or very
near the top this year and every year since the assessments began.
    Four thousand (of eleven thousand) York Region graduates were Ontario
Scholars this year. That's a record, and well over a 10% increase in the
number of graduating students attaining overall averages of 80% or higher,
compared to last year.

    York Region Community Partnerships
    York Region Human Services Planning Coalition
    York Region Advisory Forum Committee on Children, Youth and Families
    Seneca College Board of Governors
    York University Alumni Award Committee
    York University Knowledge Mobilization Unit - community outreach with
    Human Services Planning Coalition and other health services agencies
    York Regional Police Liaison/Partnerships
    Regional Joint Senior Administrative Committee with Health Services
    (nutrition, healthy communities)

    Provincial Support for Public Education
    Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE)
    Ontario Public Supervisory Officers' Association Board of Directors
    Regional Education Council - Ministry of Education Barrie District
    Leadership Alliance Network for Student Achievement - Literacy and
    Numeracy Secretariat
    Institute for Education Leadership Succession Planning - Ministry of
    The Learning Partnership Board of Directors, Executive Committee and
    Program Advisory Committee, Rotman School of Management, University of
    Learning Consortium Steering Committee (research through the Ontario
    Institute for Studies in education with Peel, Toronto, Durham and Toronto
    Catholic Boards)
    Think Tank - Ontario Researchers
    Ontario Directors of Education Leadership Institute
    Classroom Connections Advisory Board - oversees the provision of
    informative materials for schools (i.e., organ donors)
    Miller Thompson Foundation Board of Governors Scholarship Fund
    Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto Advisory
    International Student Exchanges Board of Directors
    Education Research Development Institute
    Junior Achievement Board of Governors
    United Way of York Region Campaign Cabinet
    National Centre for Medical Device Development (NCMDD) Steering Committee
    (partnership with York University for research in bio-technology, K-12
    Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, Leadership Course for
    Supervisory Officers
    York University partnership re delivery of additional qualifications
    courses for teachers
    Queen's University International Partnership on Co-operative Education

    2002 Phi Delta Kappa -University of Toronto, Educator of the Year Award
    2004, Ottawa - CATAlliance Canadian Innovation Award for Public Sector
    2006 OPSOA Award of Distinction
    2006 Humber College Honorary Diploma
    2007 The Learning Partnership Tribute Award as Champion of Public
    Education in Canada

For further information:

For further information: York Region District School Board, Public
Affairs and Communications Services, Tel: (416) 969-7170, (905) 727-0022 ext.
2340 or 2380

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