Keven Elder will serve longer than expected in SD69’s interim superintendent role as the district await’s the return of superintendent Rollie Koop from medical leave. — File Photo

Qualicum’s interim superintendent to continue on through April 30

SD69 awaits Rollie Koop’s return from medical leave

School District 69 (Qualicum)’s acting superintendent will have more time to have an impact on the district, as the board is extending his appointment to April 30.

Keven Elder was named the district’s interim superintendent in late November of last year, with board chair Eve Flynn saying that SD69’s superintendent, Rollie Koop, was on medical leave until Jan. 31 of 2019.

“We have sought the help of Dr. Elder in the interim,” she said.

The school district’s news release announcing Elder’s extension did not provide any details on Koop’s medical leave, saying only that Elder will serve in the interim role “pending the return of Rollie Koop, superintendent of schools.”

In a previous interview with The NEWS, Elder, who recently retired from the superintendent position with School District 63 (Saanich), said he planned to get to know the key leaders in the district and energetically support the board, staff, students, parents and caregivers.

At the time of his appointment, he noted work to be done in areas such as collective bargaining, strategic planning, curriculum implementation and professional development.

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