SD69 has a few last-minute leadership changes for Bowser and Ballenas schools, while the board has a new vice chair. — File

Flynn remains as SD69 (Qualicum) board chair

Principal, VP changes at Bowser, Ballenas

School District 69 (Qualicum) saw its vice board chair switch, but the board chair stay the same on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

Eve Flynn was the only nominee for board chair during a special board meeting that saw trustees vote via secret ballot.

Flynn accepted the position and will return to the chair she held through the past year.

Three trustees were nominated for the vice board chair position: Elaine Young, Barry Kurland and Julie Austin. Young declined to stand as a nominee. Austin was then elected to the position, taking over from trustee Jacob Gair.

In schools, Bowser Elementary’s principal, Brian Nikula, has resigned his leadership position and will instead return to the classroom this fall, according to a SD69 news release.

Kevin McKee, who’s been serving as a vice principal at Ballenas Secondary School, will take over the principal position at Bowser.

Lesley LaCouvee, who had been scheduled to serve as vice principal at Bowser and False Bay schools, will instead return to the position she held last year — vice principal at Ballenas Secondary — while retaining her responsibilities at False Bay and Lasqueti Island.

Former SD69 principal Bobbi Coleman will serve as acting vice principal at Bowser on an interim basis while the district solicits expressions of interest from teachers within the district to fill the position for the remainder of the year.

“We appreciate the flexibility of these individuals whose plans for the upcoming year have been shifted at the 11th hour and wish them success in these new roles,” reads the release.

Previously announced changes include Ronda Bell as the new district principal for the International Student Program (a position she previously held in School District 68); Kerri Steel moving from district principal for Learning Services to a position in SD68; and Sarah Hung serving as vice principal of Learning Services.

— NEWS Staff/SD69 release

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