News Release Minister of Education Releases Final Report on Near North District School Board

Government of Ontario reiterates importance of efficacy, transparency and accountability

Toronto — Today, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, released the final report from Special Advisors on the Near North District School Board (NNDSB).

In 2019, the Board reached out to the Ministry of Education for support regarding the challenges it faces with respect to governance, human resources practices and financial accountability.

The government responded by appointing Wayne Joudrie and Wally Easton to conduct a review. The final report includes advice and recommendations to help ensure the Board has the tools it needs to make necessary changes and improve public confidence in the Board and in Ontario’s publicly-funded education system.

“Effective, transparent and accountable school board governance is essential to the success and well-being of students in Ontario’s publicly-funded schools,” said Minister Lecce. “In recognizing that the Board has signalled its willingness to effect change, I will continue to monitor the situation and look forward to receiving progress reports.”

“Our board is turning the corner towards the restoration of public confidence in our system,” said Chair of the NNDSB, Jay Aspin. “We engaged the Ministry and are grateful for its valuable assistance with this report. With continued support and strong leadership from our recently appointed Director, we are confident that we are firmly on route to providing the best educational opportunities for the students of our Near North District School Board.”

The Special Advisors met with or heard from over 2,200 people, including families, students, staff, board committees, unions and staff associations.
NNDSB is making improvements to its operations by focusing on inspiring leadership, multi-year strategic planning, evidence-based decision-making and monitoring measurable goals.
The Minister of Education has requested that the Board provide written reports in May, September and December of this year, detailing its progress in implementing the Special Advisors’ recommendations.