10/28/2013 03:18 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Former RCMP boss in Saskatchewan to lead student, teacher consultations

SASKATOON - A former head of the RCMP in Saskatchewan is going back to school.

Russ Mirasty (mih-RASS'-tee) has been named as one of two advisers who are to ask students, teachers and parents what education improvements they would like

Education Minister Don Morgan says teachers and parents have told the government that it could do a better job of listening to their ideas and concerns.

Morgan says the province wants to see what's working, what's not and what would make education better.

Mirasty will work with Patricia Prowse, who is a superintendent with Saskatoon Public Schools and has been an educator for 33 years.

Mirasty, who retired in August, was the first person of First Nations ancestry to lead an RCMP division.

"I have always appreciated the importance of the education system and how it contributes to the success of individuals, and, more broadly, communities," Mirasty said in a news release.

"I also appreciate that not everyone has achieved success within the education system and have often wondered why. I ... look forward to engaging with students, parents and teachers across the province, as this is a great opportunity to hear from those who have been participants in the education system."