School district superintendent resigns

  • Jul. 4, 2008 12:00 p.m.

The school district is looking for a new superintendent, following the resignation earlier this week of Mike Woods, who has held the top spot in the district for the past six years. Mr. Woods is leaving to work in the Yukon, where he has accepted a new job as a school superintendent. He has worked on Haida Gwaii since 1996, first as a teacher at G.M. Dawson high school, then as principal and then as superintendent. After more than 12 years here, he said he will miss the islands very much. “I love it here,” he said. “I love the place, the geography, the people, the Haida culture.” Asked what he will miss the most about his job, he replied, “I think the privilege and the honour of working with the children. It’s a very privileged position we have in education, to be able to work with people’s children. I take it pretty seriously.” The Yukon has many interesting challenges, he said. It isn’t divided into school districts like BC, and it doesn’t have school trustees. Instead, there are five superintendents working directly for the Department of Education, overseeing 28 schools and about 5,000 students. Mr. Woods said he will stay on the islands until a new superintendent is in place. The school board is already advertising the position and Mr. Woods said he hopes that a successful candidate will be identified by early August. Evelyn von Almassy, president of the Queen Charlotte District Teachers Association, said Mr. Woods was an excellent superintendent. “I was really looking forward to working with him,” she said. “He’s always been very supportive and he’s been a really great person to work with. He will be very missed.”

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