Dave Driscoll taking over as Palliser Regional Schools superintendent in October

By Aaron Mahoney (@Mahones93 on Twitter)
September 6, 2017 - 3:45pm

LETHBRIDGE - Dave Driscoll, and his 27 years of teaching and leadership experience in southern Alberta, will take the reins as superintendent of Palliser Regional Schools on October 1st.

Driscoll spent the past four years as superintendent of Livingstone Range School Division, overseeing schools from Nanton to Fort Macleod and Crowsnest Pass.

Driscoll says he's looking forward to the new challenges in front of him.

"Working with the staff and board of Palliser Regional Schools is an opportunity to go to a system with a strong history of success and continue to build on that," he said.

Palliser Board Chair Robert Strauss welcomed Driscoll to the division, and says he brings a wealth of experience to the superintendent position.

"He's very familiar with southern Alberta, and understands the culture and diversity of our schools. We're very pleased to have him join the organization," Strauss concluded.

Driscoll earned his Bachelor of Physical Education and his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Calgary, and completed a Master of Arts in Administration and Supervision from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.

Driscoll and his wife Tracey have two daughters: Kelsey who graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and psychology, and Hailey who's working toward the same degree as her sister as well as being part of the U of L rugby squad.

Driscoll's appointment followed a four-month search process, which was facilitated by an international executive search firm.

A survey inviting stakeholders to share what they consider the most important quality a new superintendent should possess, and open houses in the division to give staff and public opportunities to meet directly with the recruiters were included in the process.

Driscoll spent 22 years of his career in Horizon School Division, located in Taber and area, as teacher, principal, director and associate superintendent.

As a principal, he had experience at all grade levels, and in his associate role he oversaw several key portfolios including English as a Second Language, inclusive education, counselling services and international education.

Driscoll says he led a strong team that introduced innovative programs to meet student needs as superintendent of Livingstone, adding his approach to leadership is making sure everyone understands that teamwork is everything they do.

"Part of Palliser's appeal is its unique diversity, with urban and rural schools that offer programs for a variety of different students from different religions," Driscoll said.

Some of his priorities include ensuring that students at small schools can experience the same high quality educational opportunities as their peers at larger schools, and giving students the opportunity to learn from and with peers from different backgrounds and cultures.

Brian Andjelic will serve as Palliser's acting superintendent until Driscoll's appointment officially takes effect Oct. 1st. Andjelic recently retired as superintendent of Prairie Rose School Division, headquartered in Dunmore, near Medicine Hat.

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