With the upcoming retirement of long time principal Alan Harrison and to further support an ongoing district plan to build capacity to best serve students, School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) Superintendent of Schools/CEO Peter Jory has announced several changes to school leadership.
Effective January 1, Gord Ritchie, currently vice-principal at Salmon Arm Secondary- Jackson Campus, will assume the position of principal at Hillcrest Elementary. Ritchie is student-focused with a strong interest in outdoor education and technology. “Mr. Ritchie’s leadership style will be a great fit for Hillcrest,” said Jory in announcing the move.
Steve Drapala, currently vice-principal at Pleasant Valley Secondary (PVSS), will replace Ritchie at SAS Jackson. He noted Drapala’s positive and student-focused leadership style, as well as his strong skill set in math and science, will be an asset to the Jackson school community. Drapala’s replacement will be determined after the conclusion of the school district’s ongoing vice-principal recruitment process.
Effective February 1, two additional changes to district leadership will take place. Jared King, currently the vice-principal at Shuswap Middle School, will transfer to Bastion Elementary and Paul Rosman, currently the vice-principal at Bastion, will transfer to Shuswap Middle School. “Mr. King and Mr. Rosman will bring fresh talents and perspectives to their new environments, and further increase their leadership experience as a result.”
Jory added he would like to take this opportunity to say farewell and thank-you to Alan Harrison, who has been a member of the school district community for 31 years, 29 of those as vice-principal or principal. In addition to his school leadership, Harrison has been a president of the local Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association, contributed countless hours to school and community athletics, as well as to local politics.
“We wish Alan all the best and thank him for his many years of excellent service to our district,” states Superintendent of Schools/CEO Peter Jory. “His work with students, staff, and parents over his career has been truly exemplary.”