Anne Tenning, vice-principal of aboriginal education for Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, will be the new principal of the department. The school district announced a suite of new assignments for administrators, which take effect Aug. 1. FILE PHOTO

Administrators get new assignments at Nanaimo school district

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools creates new principal positions

New job assignments have been handed out at Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools.

Nanaimo school district has announced successful candidates for a suite of administrator jobs, including for two new principal positions.

Anne Tenning, vice-principal of aboriginal education, has been promoted to the new principal of the department as a result of the restructuring of the senior management team, according to superintendent designate Scott Saywell, who says the role expands her influence.

Brett Hancock, vice-principal of Dover Bay Secondary, will become the district principal for learning alternatives, also a new position.

“When we were downsizing years ago, we took an administrator out of learning alternatives and now that we’re increasing enrolment in the school district, we’ve just added that position back,” said Saywell. “Learning alternatives can be, for some students, a program of sort of last resort, so we’re looking for new and innovative ideas out of Mr. Hancock to improve services and improve our grad rates.”

He said Tenning, Hancock and the principal of Island Connect Ed, will also work closely together to ensure the district prevents as many students from falling through the cracks as possible.

“We took sort of a hit with our most recent grad rates, particularly in aboriginal education, and because we have increased enrolment in the school district we can add some resources back into those programs as well.”

Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre executive director Chris Beaton commended the district on several of the new positions. The incoming superintendent says he has a focus on supporting the success of aboriginal students and the announcements point toward substance behind those words, Beaton said.

Other assignments are: Forest Park teacher Stephanie Stephens will be vice-principal of Bayview Elementary; Marc Daneault, currently principal of SIS Canada BC Offshore School in Coombs, will be vice-principal of Brechin Elementary; Patti Mountain, Connect ND coordinator, will be vice-principal at Georgia Avenue Community School; and Jennifer Robinson, teacher at École North Oyster, will be vice-principal at Pleasant Valley Elementary.

Jeff Stewart, a principal in the Comox Valley School District, will be principal of John Barsby Secondary School, Rob Hoban, principal at Rutherford Elementary, will be vice-principal at Dover Bay, Colette Young, principal of Ladysmith Intermediate, will be principal of Fairview Community School and Kerri Steel, vice-principal at Cedar Elementary and Secondary, will be acting principal of Ladysmith Intermediate.

The assignments begin Aug. 1.



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