‘Exceptional’ Catholic school board leader to retire

York Catholic District School Board Director of Education Ab Falconi will retire this summer, bringing a career that has spanned more than three decades to a close.

“I am honoured to have been part of the York Catholic family and am proud of what we have accomplished together,” he says. “Not only is it one of the highest performing school boards in Ontario, it is also filled with amazing people who care deeply for the students they are entrusted to serve.”

Since being appointed to the helm of the YCDSB in April 2018, Falconi has earned a reputation as a “collaborative and dynamic leader,” the board says. His accomplishments include championing human rights and equity as well as delivering a balanced budget after starting the job while the board was saddled with significant debt.

Under Falconi’s leadership, the board expanded its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) initiatives with a focus on STREAM to also include religion and arts. The board also continued to achieve the highest graduation rates in the province and its students consistently outperformed their peers in all areas of Education Quality and Accountability Office testing.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank Mr. Falconi for his exceptional leadership and his commitment to the faith-filled development of students and staff,” says Board Chair Maria Marchese. “As a forward thinker, along with his enthusiasm for excellence in education, York Catholic is a better place because of his leadership. We wish him the best on his well-deserved retirement.”

Falconi will retire on August 31. The Board of Trustees will meet this month to begin the process of finding his successor.

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