The Tri-County Regional School Board has hired Lisa Doucet as its new superintendent.
Doucet’s appointment became effective Tuesday, Aug. 23 after her hiring was approved at a special board meeting.
Doucet held the position of coordinator of student services for the Tri-County Regional School Board for seven years. This position involved coordinating services for students with special needs and supervising staff including psychologists, speech language pathologists and others involved with student special needs.
Before this she served as a severe learning disabilities specialist within the board.
Following her appointment as superintendent, Doucet said she was looking forward to serving as superintendent.
“I am really honoured to be the individual selected to be the superintendent and I do look forward to working with the team, because they do have a really good team here to work with,” she said. “And I look forward to our board moving forward and supporting our schools and our communities in education.”
Doucet holds a Bachelor of Education in Primary Education from Memorial University in Newfoundland; a Masters of Education in Special Education and a Masters of Education in Leadership and Administration from Acadia University in Wolfville.
Prior to joining Tri-County’s educational administration, beginning in 1996, Doucet was a teacher within the system. She has taught junior high core French, English, social studies and high school mathematics. She has also taught in the French immersion program at the Universite Sainte-Anne in Church Point.
In her years working with the school board and as an educator, Doucet has worked closely with principals, teachers, parents, students and outside agencies.
Doucet replaces Phil Landry as superintendent of the school board. Landry took a medical leave of absence from the position in March after being charged with impaired driving and he submitted his resignation in July. In his absence Jim Gunn and Trevor Cunningham had served as acting superintendent. Landry pleaded guilty to one count of impaired driving and is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 29.
Also at the Aug. 23 special board meeting, new board member Brian Noble was officially sworn-in by Provincial Court Judge Robert Prince. Noble replaces Winnie Surette on the board. Surette resigned earlier this year due to health reasons. Because there is less than two years before the next school board/municipal elections, Noble was appointed to the school board by the education minister. The next school board elections will be held in October 2012.