Former Superintendent of SD #49 dismissed from Arrow Lakes School District

Former Superintendent of SD #49 dismissed from Arrow Lakes School District

Denise Perry has been dismissed as superintendent/secretary-treasurer of School District No. 10 (Arrow Lakes) effective May 22.

Perry was hired last summer to replace Walter Posnikoff, who held the position for many years.

Chair of the Arrow Lakes board of education, Pattie Adam, explained that the board felt Perry was not fitting in well with the district. “It was a very difficult decision we had to make,” she said in a telephone interview. “I think in the long run, we learned a lot about ourselves and how we run.”

The acting superintendent/secretary-treasurer role has been taken on by long-time SD10 employee, Terry Taylor. Adam explained that the Province would help the board find someone to come in and assist Taylor. That person should be in place by the end of the week.

“It is a matter of making it through the school year with the least disruption to students as possible. The students are why we’re doing everything we’re doing,” said Adam. “We will work hard to do our best during this time, and ask everyone to bear with us and help us along.”

Adam said the hiring process that led to Perry’s appointment was “a good and thoughtful process” but, “It’s just one of those things. You can’t always be sure until you try things sometimes.”

She said the board is “much more knowledgeable now” and will be discussing whether combining the superintendent and secretary-treasurer positions is the way they want to continue on or not. She said the Province would help them with this decision, as well.

“Other districts are thinking strictly of educational purposes for the district as the superintendent’s role, whereas the secretary/treasurer looks after the business end of things. The board is learning what a valuable person we had in the former superintendent, who designed and invented the superintendent/secretary-treasurer position,” Adam said.

Just Posted

Bella Coola sees biggest eulachon run in almost 20 years

Runs have been slowly coming up since 2012

O’Reilly found guilty of manslaughter in 2014 Anahim Lake murders

The court will set a date for sentencing on April 19

B.C., Alberta clash as Kinder Morgan suspends Trans Mountain work

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley promises “serious economic consequences” for B.C.

Lt.-Gov. Guichon believes she made the right decision in last B.C. election

Outgoing Lt.-Gov Judith Guichon said her most memorable moments weren’t surrounding the election

NAFTA: Talks continue through weekend in scramble to get a deal

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called negotiations ‘perpetual’

Pulp mill fined $900,000 for leaking effluent into B.C. lake

Mackenzie Pulp Mill pleaded guilty to depositing deleterious substance into water frequented by fish

B.C.’s 2-year lobbying ban starts May 1

Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists can grant exemptions from the prohibition if public interest

Horgan speaks of government’s successes to ‘friends’ at CUPE BC convention

CUPE BC president Paul Faoro said was first time a B.C. premier addressed convention in some time

Speed Skating Canada fires coach Michael Crowe after investigation

Crowe was a coach on the American team from 1983 to 1991 and again from 1999 to 2006

5 things to know about the ongoing influx of asylum seekers in Canada

Number of illegal border crossings are up this year – as RCMP, military, politicians try to combat

Time to let go for BC bears, otters, bobcat

Northern Lights Wildlife shelter near Smithers set to release orphaned animals this spring.

VIDEO: Smokers talk pot rules at annual 4-20 event

Annual pot protest-meets-festival in Vancouver attracted hundreds to vendors, concert

Most Read