School superintendent preparing to retire

Dave Witt has spent 14 years with the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District

TRACY HUGHES

Black Press

There will be a new face at the helm of the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District.

Superintendent Dave Witt will retire July 31.

Witt has spent 14 years working for the school district in administration, and will have spent two years in the superintendant’s role.

He says the highlight of the job has been working with the many students and staff.

“Change is healthy. It forces us to look at why we are doing things the way we are and see if there is a better way,” he said.

School board chairperson Bobbi Johnson says the board is happy for Witt, but disappointed to lose him.

“Dave has been an exceptional educational leader and has worked hard to ensure our students receive the best education possible.”

Johnson also noted Witt’s abilities to bring the school district together during tough economic times, recognizing his work in restructuring the middle schools, expansion to early and late French Immersion, supporting career programs and preparing for enrolment decline.

The school board has now contracted the services of an outside company, Make a Future, to lead the search for Witt’s replacement.

Johnson says the Make a Future organization has been leading the search for senior leaders in school districts around the B.C. and will work closely with the board to find a suitable replacement.