Our local school board has hired a new Director of Education.  After Geof Botting announced his retirement last year after 32 years in public education, the Near North District School Board started looking for his replacement.  The board has announced Jackie Young as the new Director of Education who will take over the position effective February 19th.  Jackie comes to the Board from the York Region District School Board where she most recently served as an Area Superintendent for the past four years, Student Services Coordinator and School Principal.  She says she’s honoured to be included into the Near North District School Board family and looks forward to working with a strong senior staff and the many dedicated staff to continue the journey to improve student achievement.  Her vision is to continue the wonderful work already in place in the Near North District School Board with a focus on delivering high quality inclusive education.