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qathet School District starts search for new superintendent

Board chair acknowledges Pride and Indigenous history month

On June 17, the Peak reported that qathet School District (qSD) superintendent of schools Dr. Jay Yule would be leaving his position at the end of this school year.

During the last qSD board meeting for the 2023/2024 school year on Wednesday, June 19, qSD board chair Jaclyn Miller acknowledged the news in her opening remarks.

"I want to start off by briefly acknowledging the news we shared earlier this week about the departure of Jay Yule," said Miller. "We thank Jay for his many contributions throughout his 25 years of service in our district."

Miller said the district's search for a new superintendent will begin immediately and that qSD is planning to have an interim superintendent in the coming weeks. 

During a question period after opening remarks, qathet Teachers' Association president Isabel Loveluck addressed qSD board members who were in attendance.

"Teachers are hugely concerned that the district continue its collaborative and compassionate approach," said Loveluck. "The lack of a clearly communicated transition plan is creating much anxiety and speculation; this is not good for teachers or the district."

Miller acknowledged Loveluck's concerns and indicated that it's something the board members would be discussing after the public school board meeting.

"I do appreciate hearing your words and we also want to continue to have a compassionate caring district," said Miller.

qSD board members also recognized Pride Month at the meeting.

"This is a time to celebrate the identities, achievements and resilience of people who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+," said Miller. "Schools have been recognizing the occasion through many educational activities and will have a float in this year’s Pride parade on July 6, as well as an information table at the community gathering." 

Miller acknowledged that June is also Indigenous history month for qSD.

"On June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day, several hundred students from the qathet community will be attending Willingdon Beach for a celebration hosted in partnership with Tla’amin Nation," said Miller. "There will be a Métis fiddler, a gallery walk and witnessing of Tla’amin canoe protocol."  

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