Ansell resigns as school superintendent

Parksville Qualicum Beach School District 69 announces resignation Monday afternoon

Superintendent of schools Jim Ansell has resigned from District 69 “to pursue other opportunities in his educational career.”

The NEWS had received a tip about the resignation late last week and made calls Monday morning to the District 69 office and school board chair Lynette Kershaw. A news release was issued in the afternoon by the district.

“Mr. Ansell has decided to pursue other opportunities in his educational career,” stated the release. “We appreciate the leadership he has provided in our schools, particularly promoting personalized learning, and wish him well in his future endeavours. In Mr. Ansell’s absence, the assistant superintendent, Rollie Koop, will be acting on his behalf.”

Ansell became superintendent on August 1, 2011 and came to this district from Campbell River. The news release Monday contained no information about if, how or when the district would begin its search for a new superintendent.