Director of Education for the Keewatin Patricia District School Board, Sean Monteith, is looking forward to working with the new board of trustees.

"We have the potential to have the strongest board that we've ever had. The next few months with be a growing process, and it starts with developing a strategic plan," he said.

Monteith said he's excited to work with the new board, and is optimistic about what they can accomplish, but he said he will miss working with those who won't be returning.

This year the board dealt with the loss of George Seaton, trustee from Pickle Lake, who passed away in the summer. Seaton served 40 years with the board.

Also after 33 years former Board Chair Dave Penney retired.

Trustees elected Cecile Marcino as the new Board Chair after serving as Vice-Chair for the past 18 years, and Gerald Kleist was elected as the new Vice-Chair.

Monteith stressed that he's optimistic that the new perspectives will help the board improve.

"This change is going to be good. I think it's the right time. There is a lot of synergy out there, new government, new board, new strategic plan for us. So, it think the change is good, but when you feel like you're doing a good job it doesn't mean that there aren't ways to do better. When you bring in new perspectives with different backgrounds, you have to be on your toes because questions might be asked that haven't been asked before," he said.

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