Near North District School Board
The Near North District School Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Bocking as Superintendent of Schools and Program. Mr. Bocking, currently principal with the Lakehead District School Board, will join the senior administration team as of February 1, 2007. Superintendent Bocking will provide supervision to secondary schools and several elementary schools including schools offering French Immersion programs. In addition his portfolio will include Special Education, Aboriginal Education, School Operations and Managing Information for Student Achievement.
Mr. Bocking has Master of Education degree in Education Administration and a Bachelor of Education degree with qualifications in Geography and French. He holds a B. Sc. in Geography and Biology. In addition, Mr. Bocking has completed course work in French at Concordia University as well as a Diploma in Forest Technology.
Superintendent Bocking has leadership experience at both the school and system level. Administrative experience includes special education, the education of aboriginal students, 'lead' principal for mathematics instruction, school improvement and district planning. Currently, Mr. Bocking is co-president and provincial councillor for the Ontario Principals’ Council at Lakehead. He led the implementation of the “balanced school day” for Lakehead DSB elementary schools.
Mr. Bocking is looking forward to relocating with his family to the Near North area. They enjoy sailing, kayaking, skiing, backpacking and travel.
Alan Bottomley, Chair and Colin Vickers, Director representing the Board and the Near North District School Board students, staff and school communities are pleased to welcome Patrick to the area as we pursue further student success.
The Near North District School Board sees itself as part of the growth and development of the Near North region as reflected in the theme Grow with Us! We are committed to offering diverse programs and services to approximately 12,000 students at 43 schools, as we fulfill our mission to “educate learners to their fullest potential in preparation for life-long learning.”