There are changes and promotions all around in School District 52 staffing line-up as a new high school principal has been announced for Charles Hays Secondary School (CHSS).
Carla Rourke, vice-principal of CHSS, has been appointed to the position of principal effective June 11. The current high school principal, Sandy Pond, will be taking up the S.D. 52 position of director of education on the same date. As well, current director of education, Andrew Samoil will become assistant superintendent to Sandra Jones, who has returned from retirement to step in, on a temporary basis, while the search for a permanent superintendent continues.
Rourke joined the SD 52 team in 2006 and became V.P. in 2013. Rourke has history in the school with her entire 14-year-career within the district.
“Carla has demonstrated her leadership in the district’s largest school and is ready for the challenge ahead of her,” Sandra Jones, acting superintendent, said.
Rourke said the school is two years into the new curriculum and she wants to make sure things are working well for the students.
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“We are on the third year of our new timetable. We’re going to get a chance to take a look at that as a staff and see what’s working and if we want to make any adjustments. It’s exciting that way.
“We have a great school, great community, great kids and great parents. It makes it fun,” Rourke said.
As Pond passes the helm of the high school over to Rourke, she takes with her to the director of instruction position, more than 20 years of education experience in the local district. Pond became vice-principal in 2007 with a principalship following in 2008. She has been at CHSS for the past seven years.
“Sandy (Pond) has a wealth of experience in both elementary and secondary settings, and will provide excellent support to the educational leaders in our schools.
“Andrew has moved from an initial responsibility for the district’s information technology system, to a role as an educational leader in the district,” Jones said.
“I am glad that I am here, able to step back into the role and to help the board with the transition,” Jones said as she expressed positivity for SD 52 moving forward.
“I am so pleased to see all of these exceptional leaders step up to help the district move forward to meet the needs of each of our students,” Pond said.
K-J Millar | Journalist
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