Superintendent seeking new opportunities
It will be a time for new beginnings for the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District #83 this September.
Superintendent Glenn Borthistle announced Monday that after 23 years with the school district he has begun the process of 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,” comments 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.”
Borthistle comments by September the multi-community stakeholder committee will have its fresh and revitalizing strategic plan in place. “This is the right time for new district leadership to be in place, to implement the strategic plan and to guide SD 83 down its new path.”
Official Trustee Mike McKay confirms that he and Borthistle have had several discussions about leadership options in line with district renewal being activated through the strategic planning process.
“Glenn has been honourable throughout and has kept the district’s interests central to all discussions. 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 adds that there will be an announcement regarding a new superintendent within the next few days and that the incoming CEO will commence duties in the summer.
Borthistle joined the then Armstrong School District #21 in 1994 as vice-principal at Pleasant Valley Secondary. After the Armstrong and Shuswap districts were amalgamated in 1997 (and became School District 83) he 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 PVSS. He began his district level work taking on the job as Director of Instruction (Human Resources) in 2008 before becoming Superintendent in 2013.
Over the years he has been very involved with many district initiatives including Aboriginal Education, Career Programs, Technology, the district restructuring in 2003-04, the Japanese exchange program, and the “Green” Team. “This change represents the new adventure which my wife and I have envisioned, and is the right moment for us to take the leap forward.”
He also comments that there is much work to be done to prepare for a successful startup and transition to new leadership, and he will be fully involved with preparations for the year ahead until the transition is complete.
New superintendent announced
A new Superintendent of Schools/CEO will be joining North Okanagan-Shuswap School District this summer.
Peter Jory, currently the Director of Instruction (Innovation and Technology) in School District No. 48 (Sea to Sky), will take over the reins of School District #83 in August, 2017.
Official Trustee Mike McKay, who selected Jory, comments: “One of the most important decisions any Board of Education makes is the selection of its CEO. We are fortunate to have someone with Peter Jory’s background and skills taking on such a key leadership role in our school district. I know he looks forward to the transition to our district and to relocating to the North Okanagan-Shuswap region. He very much appreciated his recent opportunity to meet representatives of the district’s partner groups to hear their perspectives and share thoughts about the work ahead.”
He notes Jory brings a successful track record in strategic planning and direction, working with communities in a collaborative way and focusing on supporting success for every learner.
“I feel Peter is an excellent fit to lead the school district as it embarks on its new strategic plan during complex times when we are dealing with enrolment growth, space pressures and the implementation of a new curriculum and a collective agreement with our teachers.”
Jory states he is excited about the opportunity to work in North Okanagan-Shuswap School District.
“I am really looking forward to getting started and working with the SD 83 team,” he adds.
Since joining Sea to Sky district in 2012, Jory has led a number of significant projects for the district, including the development of a district technology plan and resulting technology initiatives, the creation of several new academies and other Programs of Choice, the expansion of the district’s Career and Trades Programs, the district annual school calendar process, and many curricular and instructional initiatives related to the district education plan. Most recently, Jory championed the district’s Communicating Student Learning pilot project for ongoing reporting in the intermediate grades.
Prior to his current role, Jory has previously held leadership positions in the Fraser-Cascade, Prince Rupert, and Cowichan Valley School Districts.