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River East Transcona School Division
creating student success

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The RETSD senior administration team: (back row, left to right) Jason Drysdale, Kelly Barkman, Mark Bruce; (front row, left to right) Tammy Mitchell, Elise Downey, Karen Boyd.


Kelly Barkman—superintendent/CEO

Elise Downey—acting secretary-treasurer/CFO

Karen Boyd—assistant superintendent—educational programming

Mark Bruce—assistant superintendent—human resources 

Jason Drysdale—assistant superintendent—educational services and planning

Tammy Mitchell—assistant superintendent—student services


The senior administration team provides leadership to meet the division's educational priorities, which are to:

  • Enhance student achievement through authentic and appropriate literacy instruction
  • Enhance the climate, culture and inclusivity in all schools through authentic and appropriate universal, targeted and intensive supports
  • Enhance student achievement through authentic and appropriate mathematics instruction