School board makes super decision

THE SCHOOL board for the Coast Mountains school district has announced a contract extension for Nancy Wells, current interim school superintendent for the district.

Wells will be staying in the position until July 2012.

“The board feels the contract extension signals a period of stability in the Coast Mountains school district,” said Barry Pankhurst, school board chair said last night.

He said Wells will not only continue on her duties as superintendent, but will assist the district in the smooth hand over to a permanent superintendent in 2012.

That year will also mark the closure of Thornhill Junior Secondary and a wholesale shift in the grades offered at the district’s remaining schools.

Grade 7 will be moved from elementary schools to Skeena Junior Secondary School, turning it into a Grade 7-9 school, while Grade 10 will be moved to join Grades 11 and 12 at Caledonia Senior Secondary.

“The board looks forward to continuing the positive working relationship they are enjoying with Ms. Wells,” Pankhurst said.

Wells was hired temporarily to fill the vacancy created last fall when Rob Greenwood suddenly retired from the job.

The board has begun a wide scale search for a replacement.

It also needs to hire a replacement for secretary treasurer Linda Brown who suddenly left at around the same time as did Greenwood.