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Director of Education Martha Rogers extends retirement date

For Immediate Release
November 11, 2020

GUELPH, Ontario – The Upper Grand District School Board’s Director of Education, Martha Rogers, has agreed to extend her retirement date.

Originally scheduled to retire at the end of December 2020, Rogers will stay on as Director until August 2021.

At the November 10, 2020, Business Operations meeting, the announced was made public. “Dr. Rogers has agreed to extend her retirement date and this has been approved by the Board. Tonight, I am pleased to make this announcement public to advise our educational community and beyond of this decision,” said UGDSB Chair Martha MacNeil. 

“Thank you to the Negotiations Steering Committee for their work with Dr. Rogers to come to an agreement on a new retirement date of August 2021. We are grateful for Dr. Rogers’ leadership during these challenging times and for the stability her extended retirement date will provide for the system,” said MacNeil.

Rogers has worked in education for more than 46 years. She has served many roles in her time in education, including a Primary Consultant with the Dufferin County Board of Education, Superintendent of Program, Superintendent of Human Resources, Director of Education for the Wellington County Board of Education and finally, following the amalgamation of the Wellington and Dufferin County Boards of Education, Director of the Upper Grand DSB. Rogers has served as Director since 1995, making her the longest serving Director in Ontario and one of the longest serving Directors in Canada.

Martha Rogers Director UGDSB

“Whether you have been serving as a Director for 25 weeks or 25 years, this pandemic has brought challenges to all school boards,” said Rogers. “This has been a very difficult time to many in our communities. Working with our education partners, we will work to meet the challenges we continue to face.”  

Rogers will continue working with senior staff, trustees, educational partners in the province and the school board community to address the fiscal and logistical challenges this school year brings.

The Board will continue the process of selecting a new Director to replace Rogers.


Media contact:
Heather Loney, Communications and Community Engagement Officer
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 ext.725
[email protected]

Megan Sicoli, Administrative Officer, Communications
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 ext.764
[email protected]

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