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March 23, 2004

Two dynamic educational leaders selected as new Superintendents of Instruction
In February, the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) invited applications for dynamic educational leaders to fill two Superintendent of Instruction positions. The positions were advertised due to the anticipated retirements of the incumbents.

Candidates were required to:

The Board is pleased to announce that the successful applicants are Rob McGall, Principal of Quinte Secondary School, and Jan Montgomery, Principal of Gordon B. Attersley Public School in the Durham District School Board. The appointments become effective September 1, 2004.

“On behalf of the Board, I extend congratulations to Rob McGall and Jan Montgomery. We welcome them to the senior leadership team at the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Both have an exemplary administrative background and bring strong and innovative leadership to the role. Together with the rest of senior administration, Rob and Jan will focus on creating superior learning opportunities for our students,” remarks Judy Edgar, Chair of the Board.

The new superintendents will report to the Director of Education and will be responsible for:

“We, as an education system, have been truly fortunate to have such quality people available to this Board,” said Larry Langdon, Director of Education. “We continue to have a great deal of important work to do. With the help and support of Rob and Jan, this Board will continue to be a leader in public education innovation and excellence in Ontario, and the place where the parents of Hastings and Prince Edward counties want their children to be educated,” he adds.

Background on Rob McGall
During his career in education, Rob has worked for two school boards. He had the opportunity to learn and lead in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board for nearly 20 years in a variety of roles in a number of schools. His experience as a secondary school principal in several distinctly different settings has given him the opportunity to experience the change process and implement school improvement p
lans in different situations. The experience of being a school leader in both a multi-cultural, high needs school and at a system alternative program has given Rob a sense of the scope and diversity of the students served. Rob’s leadership involvement in Hamilton-Wentworth included chairing the Joint Advisory Committee and the Governance Strategic Direction Team. These experiences gave him an opportunity to be directly involved with policy development and system strategic planning, and the occasion to work closely with senior officials, trustees, and the diverse employee and community groups that make up a district.

Having grown up in Hastings County, Rob returned to the area two years ago to become the principal of Quinte Secondary School, the school that he attended as a student. This unique and rewarding experience has given Rob a renewed sense of what it means to serve the community and promote public education. Rob’s system roles have included being the Chair of the Secondary Principals’ Council, working with leadership development and succession planning, secondary marketing, and teacher negotiations.

Rob holds a Master of Education (Administration), a Bachelor of Education, and a Bachelor of Music (4-Year Honours Degree – Music/History), with numerous additional qualifications.

Background on Jan Montgomery
Throughout her career, Jan has been a special education resource teacher, facilitator, principal, and administrative officer. Her classroom teaching has crossed all elementary grades in several different boards, providing her with a broad view of the education system in Ontario. Jan has also held positions at the secondary level. As a result of her wide range of experiences, Jan brings to the position demonstrated leadership in the areas of curriculum development and implementation, instructional strategies, professional development and in-service, and special education.

In her role as Administrative Officer with the Durham District School Board, Jan worked with and supported administrative staff in 24 Ajax and Scugog elementary schools, and five secondary schools in all areas that affected school operations. On a daily basis, she utilized problem-solving, communication and conflict resolution skills in addressing issues and concerns raised by parents, principals, area team members and trustees.

Jan holds a Masters of Education (Education Administration), a Bachelor of Education, and a Bachelor of Arts, with numerous additional qualifications.

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 46 elementary and eight secondary schools serving 18,700 students, employing 1,067 teachers and 775 support staff. The Board covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south, and Quinte West to the west.

For more information, contact:
• Judy Edgar, Chair of the Board, (613) 921-3202, or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354 to leave a