The Red Deer Public School District will soon be searching for a new superintendent.
Stu Henry, who has held the district’s top job since 2015, announced he will be retiring at the end of this school year.
“We recognize the responsibility we have to find a strong leader to keep moving our district forward,” school trustees tweeted.
Henry’s retirement was made public at the new-school-year kick-off event in Red Deer on Wednesday, which was attended by 1,300 staff members.
Henry worked for the district for 15 years, starting as principal of Eastview Middle School, and moving into the deputy superintendent’s role before assuming the superintendent’s job.
“It seems like yesterday” that he was a principal, said Henry, who believes the intervening years have been a challenging time, with more students starting school with higher learning needs.
Despite this, he feels it’s also been a fulfilling time, since district staff have helped public school students achieve the best literacy and numeracy results yet, as reported in the most recent provincial government accountability pillar report.
Henry always planned to retire after his five-year contract as superintendent ran out. He said he looks forward to helping non-profit groups restructure and increase their administrative efficiencies.
The school board has already started discussions about how a search will be conducted for hiring a new superintendent. District spokesman Bruce Buruma said no decisions have yet been made.
In June, the district’s board elected a new board chair. Nicole Buchanan took over from Bev Manning, who chaired the board since 2013.