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District head to depart

The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District's top official is planning to leave his post later this year.

After 23 years with the district, Superintendent Glenn Borthistle announced Monday he is seeking new opportunities and that a new superintendent of schools will be in place before students head back to school in the fall.

“It has been an honour to be a part of this district,” said Borthistle. “As difficult as it is to consider leaving a district that I have been a part of for so long, I believe this to be the right time for the district and for me to be looking at other opportunities.”

It has been a rocky last few years for District 83 and it still is not over. 

Last June, school district trustees were fired from their elected posts following a special advisor's report.

The education minister replaced them with an official trustee Mike McKay who is still dealing with the fallout and parents' concerns over possible changes to school makeup, including at crowded M.V. Beattie Elementary in Enderby.

Borthistle said a multi-community stakeholder committee would have a revitalizing strategic plan in place by September.

“Glenn has been honourable throughout and has kept the district’s interests central to all discussions," said McKay. "He has had a positive impact on the district in his many roles and I wish him well as he takes on new challenges.”

McKay said there would be an announcement about a new superintendent within the next few days and that the incoming CEO would commence duties in the summer.

Borthistle joined what was then known as the Armstrong School District in 1994 as vice-principal at Pleasant Valley Secondary. He also served as vice-principal at A.L. Fortune before becoming principal at Shuswap Junior (later Middle school) and then returning to Armstrong as principal of Pleasant Valley Secondary.

He began district level work in 2008 before becoming superintendent in 2013.

Over the years Borthistle fronted a number of district initiatives including aboriginal education, career programs, technology, district restructuring, the Japanese exchange program and the 'Green' team.



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