New super no stranger

  • Aug. 14, 2008 12:00 p.m.

The new superintendent of the Haida Gwaii school district didn’t have to move far for his new job. Angus Wilson, principal of Queen Charlotte Secondary, took over as superintendent Monday (Aug. 11), working out of the school district office in Queen Charlotte. Mr. Wilson said he is excited and looking forward to his new job, although he will miss the students at QCSS, where he has worked for the past couple of years. For now, he’s still the principal of QCSS and will work at both jobs until a replacement is hired. He expects that won’t be for a couple of months, as he wants to ensure there is a high quality person hired and that they have time to get oriented. A resident of Port Clements, Mr. Wilson has lived on the islands since 2000, when he started working as a teacher at Tahayghen elementary. Since then, he has worked as vice-principal at Sk’aadgaa Naay elementary, principal at G.M. Dawson Secondary and principal of QCSS. “I know most of the schools and staff and kids,” he said. The challenges facing this district are similar to the challenges facing all northern school districts, he said: declining enrollment, helping all students succeed (for example, educators are trying to improve the graduation rate in the north, generally lower than southern districts), and dealing with financial restraint. The rising cost of oil is a problem as well. Mr. Wilson said the school district is facing higher expenses to heat most of its buildings, and is looking forward to the opening of a new, smaller, more efficient school in Port within the next few months. Mr. Wilson said he spent his first day on the new job hooking up his computer, going over annual schedules, speaking to most of the principals, talking to a couple of parents and making arrangements to help an adult student graduate.

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