THE PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
OF ONTARIO'S DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARDS
What is CODE?
"A Professional Association"
The Council of Ontario Directors of Education, a Professional Association,
represents all Chief Executive Officers of the seventy-two District School Boards in Ontario.
It is the common public voice of Senior School District Administrators working with Government and various Associations.
CODE Executive Director
Tony Pontes spent 39 years with the Peel District School Board as a teacher, principal, superintendent and director of education, retiring on August 31, 2017. On November 1, 2018, he was appointed as Interim Executive Director of CODE. The CODE Executive made the position permanent commencing July 1, 2019.
During his career in education, Tony built on his commitment to student success by playing a leadership role in local and provincial initiatives. In addition to his leadership within the Peel board, Tony provided leadership at the provincial level as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Public Supervisory Officials' Association (OPSOA). Tony served as president of OPSOA for 2010-11. As a director of education, Tony served on the executive of the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) and was the chair of CODE in the 2015-16.
Tony believes in the impact that directors of education have on publicly funded education and the students and families served by their local boards and is proud to serve as Interim Executive Director of CODE.
Jim Costello has spent 34 years in education as a teacher, Principal, Superintendent and Director of Education. He currently serves as the Director of Education for the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) and is the Chair of CODE for the 2018-2019 school year.
Jim brings 14 years of senior administrative experience to the role. Prior to his tenure as Director of Education, he served as a Supervisory Officer with Special Education and Human Resources portfolios. Most recently Jim has provided leadership at the provincial level as Chair of PCODE and CODE executive member.
Jim is committed to continuing to provide a strong, clear voice for publicly funded education in Ontario.