Edmonton Public Schools has appointed Darrel Robertson as the new superintendent.

Robertson, the district’s managing director of human resources, is replacing Edgar Schmidt who is retiring after six years in the job.

Robertson's appointment was announced at Tuesday's school board meeting. In his speech, he said that the district must stand for equity.

"In our district, that means every single student has the right to a fantastic teacher and a high quality of education," he said. "Every parent has right to meaningful participation in their child's education."

Robertson has also worked as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, principal, supervisor and director. He will take over as superintendent on August 12.

Just last week, the district announced it was cutting 339 jobs, including 182 teaching positions, to make up a drop in provincial funding.