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District 69 superintendent Morgan to retire this year

Candice Morgan, superintendent of School District 69 (Qualicum) is retiring at the end of the current school year.

Morgan started as a teacher in the district in 1978, according to a press release from the district, and has been superintendent since 2003.

“I’m going to miss her terribly,” said Board of Trustees vice chair Jane Williams. “She’s very passionate about what she does and compassionate, she is very highly regarded among the Superintendents Association.”

“I’ve worked with her in many capacities over the years, she’s a wonderful person to work with,” said Jill McCaffery, president of the Mount Arrowsmith Teacher’s Association who started as a teacher in the district three years after Morgan.

Over her 33 years with the district, Morgan has been responsible for the District Resource Centre, was the first vice principal of Oceanside Middle School, district principal for curriculum and assistant superintendent.

Her tenure as superintendent coincided with a turbulent time for B.C. schools according to both Williams and McCaffery. It has been a period of declining enrollment and related budgeting challenges and an era of challenging succession planning.

Williams, who was first elected to the Board of Trustees just after Morgan was appointed superintendent said there have been a number of changes in provincial ministries.

She said Morgan “has always been a strong proponent of early learning, literacy and professional development both for teachers and administration.”

“She’s very proud of the district and has worked tirelessly to ensure people perceive it well.”

She was also instrumental in coordinating the appreciative enquiry process which involved many groups assisting the board in developing its vision and values, goals and objectives.

According to Board Policy 6200, “While the final appointment is a board responsibility, a consultative process is desirable... and all partner groups should be invited to participate.”

It calls for a selection committee to be struck with trustees and representatives from the unions and parent advisory councils.

Morgan could not be reached for comment by press time.

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