SD27 Appoints New Superintendent and Director of Instruction

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 24 May 2017

SD27 Appoints New Superintendent of Schools and New Director of Instruction

The Board of Education of School District No. 27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Mark Wintjes as the new Superintendent of Schools, effective immediately.

Mr. Wintjes has served the District since 1993. He has been a principal of Puntzi Mountain, Bridge Lake, Forest Grove, Buffalo Creek and 100 Mile House Jr. Secondary schools. Mr. Wintjes held the positions of District Principal and Director of Instruction (Human Resources) from 2008 to 2013. In 2013, Mr. Wintjes returned to teaching at GROW/Skyline in Williams Lake. In September 2017 Mr. Wintjes was asked to take on the Acting Superintendent position, while the Board continued its search for a permanent superintendent.

Mr. Wintjes stated, “I am honored to be selected to lead the School District and to serve the Board of Education in this capacity. Supporting students and their families, teachers, support staff and our administration to build on our successes with respect to student achievement will be a priority. ”

The Board is also pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Dean Coder to the position of Director of Instruction (Education Services).   This is a new position to the District and is geared to assist the Board’s goals in improving student achievement and is effective 01 August 2017.

Mr. Coder has many years’ experience in the Kamloops/Thompson School District and Nechako Lakes School District where he served as a teacher, principal and director and contributed to the leadership at the school, district, provincial and international levels.

Mr. Coder advised, “I am very much looking forward to working together in Williams Lake and being part of the team.”

Board Chair, Tanya Guenther stated, “We are excited to have made these two appointments and have the District return to a more stable environment and in a position to focus on the Strategic Plan regarding student achievement.”

Congratulations are extended to Mr. Wintjes and Mr. Coder!

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Contact:     TANYA GUENTHER
                     Chair, Board of Education
Phone:         250-305-4366 or 250-398-3833