Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
May 31, 2010
Carr's ECS Contract extended till 2015
EDMONTON - Joan Carr will remain as superintendent of Edmonton Catholic Schools for at least another five years.
The Catholic school board extended Carr's contract, which was set to expire in August 2011, for another four years.
"I don't think we could easily replace Joan, if at all," board chair Debra Engel told the WCR following the board's May 25 decision.
"Joan has tremendous energy and great dedication to Edmonton Catholic and she just wanted to keep going," Engel said.
Carr was named acting superintendent of the district in February 2006 and then given the job permanently three months later. A veteran of 36 years with the district, she has served in several positions from classroom teacher to superintendent.
Carr said she was "humbled and honoured" by the board's decision.
She's eager to continue in the position because of her "passion for Catholic education" and her desire to continue to "move the district forward" in areas such as literacy, wellness, high school completion, early learning and aboriginal education.
"As a district, we can be very, very proud of what we've accomplished and I believe we have a strong vision of where we want to go in the future."
In another move, the school district and Newman Theological College have agreed to the appointment of school chaplain Sandra Talarico as director of religious education at the college.
Talarico replaces the retiring Dan Kingdon and will be responsible for directing the college's degree and diploma programs in religious education. She will continue to work half-time with the school district and half-time at the college.
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