Alberta Education will not comment on the abrupt change in leadership at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.
Last Thursday, a statement from Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools’ board of trustees announced that Paul Mason was no longer the division’s superintendent, effective immediately.
The board passed a motion last Tuesday concluding Mason’s employment.
Colin Aitchison, press secretary for Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, said in a statement that “as this is an individual staffing matter for Red Deer Catholic, the school division would be in the best position to comment on the matter.”
LaGrange served as Red Deer Catholic’s school board’s chair prior to being elected Red Deer-North MLA in 2019.
The board previously said it had no further comment on the matter.
As a regional school division with a $114-million annual budget, the division serves more than 10,480 students at 21 schools in Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Rocky Mountain House, Innisfail, Blackfalds and Olds. It also supports 600 students in a home education program.
Mason started with Red Deer Catholic in 2007 and was named superintendent in 2011. He had been assistant superintendent of personnel services with the division.
Associate superintendent Kathleen Finnigan has been appointed interim superintendent.