The October 16 Board of Education meeting marked the final official meeting for Official Trustee Mike McKay.
“The two and a half years have flown by,” commented McKay. “It is a bit scary. I hope the next two and a half don’t go that fast.”
McKay expressed his gratitude to the communities that make up SD83. “When I walked into the building on June 15, 2016 there was definitely turmoil, uncertainty and anxiety. Interesting … the room was fuller than it is tonight,” he joked.
He said in his time here he has found people to be respectful, positive, and engaging. “They have honoured me with great trust.”
“It has been an interesting journey and I hope the district is in a better stead. Staff have worked very hard and the partner groups have worked cooperatively to get us here.”
McKay said he didn’t want to list all those he wanted to say thank you to as he’d either forget someone and be reminded tomorrow or wake up in the middle of the night realizing he missed someone.
He did however, recognize Assistant Superintendent Carl Cooper, who is the only senior staff person who has been on the entire journey with him. “He has been a reliable, honourable and awesome contributor all the way through,” he stated. Then, adding with a laugh, “Rarely have I felt warm and cuddly thoughts for a basketball referee.”
(Cooper has, for many years, been a well known basketball ref and McKay an avid player.)
McKay volunteered to come back and meet with the elected board in November to offer some perspective and answer any questions.
“I wish the district the very best. It is a good place to live and a good place to learn.”
Superintendent of Schools/CEO Peter Jory thanked Mike for his leadership, professionalism and wisdom. He noted McKay was very conscious that he was one person from another place guiding the district and he made a point to go out, get input and context.
“I want to give you my assurances that we are going to attempt to continue that high standard and be good listeners,” added Jory.