Kitchener Post staff
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board reached outside their borders to select a new director of education.
Effective July 23, the role will be filled by Larry Clifford, who had been the Wellington Catholic District School Board’s superintendent of education.
Clifford replaces longtime director Roger Lawler, who retired in February after holding the position since 1997.
“We are very pleased to have someone with Larry’s varied background and tremendous skills joining our team,” said Catholic board chair Manuel da Silva.
“The Board of Trustees has great confidence in Larry’s ability to make us even stronger.”
The new position is a sort of homecoming for Clifford, who graduated from St. Jerome’s High School.
Before moving to Wellington, he served in a supervisory role with the Halton Catholic District School Board.
Prior to that, he spent time as a school administrator and special education teacher, as well as 10 years as an elementary and secondary school teacher.
Rick Boisvert, who had temporarily assumed Lawler’s duties through the end of the school year, is returning to his previous position as associate director of education.
“This has been a challenging year for our system and Rick’s leadership to our students and staff over the last four months has left us on a solid footing with a very bright future ahead,” said da Silva.