Shared: Simcoe County District School Board director Kathi Wallace announces retirement
A month after public board superintendent Paul Sloan retired, Simcoe County District School Board director Kathi Wallace has announced her departure.
Wallace has served 39 years with the board and plans to retire Dec. 31.
She started her career as a teacher in 1977 at Banting Memorial High School and Alliston Union Public School.
In 1988, she moved to Barrie Central Collegiate Institute as vice-principal, but also worked as VP at Banting and Barrie North Collegiate Institute.
She opened Bear Creek Secondary School as principal, then became a superintendent of education in 2005.
Four years later, she was appointed director.
“She has worked tirelessly to get our board to where we are today by continuing to have a balanced budget, reducing excess spaces and improving learning opportunities for all students from junior Kindergarten right through to our adult learners,” board chairperson Peter Beacock said.
Wallace led the program to bring Wi-Fi to all schools and provide laptops to teachers.
“We faced opposition when we decided to introduce Wi-Fi to all schools,” Beacock said. “(She) believed strongly that the young people of Simcoe County deserved Internet access in their schools. That determination made much of the 21st-century learning and teaching happening in our schools today possible.”
She also saw the implementation of full-day Kindergarten, outdoor learning spaces and all-gender washrooms.
“It’s been an honour to serve the students and families of Simcoe County throughout my career,” Wallace said. “I’ve had the privilege of working with fantastic staff, parents and community partners over the years. I’m surrounded by skilled, passionate and caring people who want the best for our students.”
Trustees have hired the Phelpsgroup to assist with the consultation and recruitment process of a new director.
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