Red Deer Public Schools superintendent resigns to take job in Victoria

The superintendent for Red Deer Public Schools has called it quits after 26 years with the district.

The superintendent for Red Deer Public Schools has called it quits after 26 years with the district.

Piet Langstraat, who was the superintendent for five years, announced his resignation on Tuesday after taking the superintendent and CEO position at the Greater Victoria School District in Victoria.

His last day will be on Aug. 14.

Bev Manning, school board chair, said Langstraat has been an outstanding educational leader for the district. She said he was focused on the success of all students.

“He supported the board in developing a district education plan focused on key priorities of literacy, equity and completion, which has resulted in continued improvement,” said Manning. “He’s highly respected by staff, parent and students in the district, throughout our community and among his colleagues across Alberta. Piet has had a significant and profound impact on Red Deer Public Schools which will endure for many years.”

Langstraat was a classroom teacher and had a four-year term as assistant superintendent at the Chinook’s Edge School Division.

“I have had a wonderful career in Red Deer Public Schools and am so very proud of our outstanding staff that makes a difference in the lives of children each and every day,” commented Langstraat. “I want to extend my sincere thanks to the board of trustees for their passion and commitment to public school education, our dedicated staff, our partners in the community and the wonderful students and parents we serve. Together we have achieved much success.”

An interim appointment to the position of superintendent of schools will be announced as soon as possible.

The board of trustees is also developing a plan to conduct a comprehensive search for a suitable candidate.

More details are expected later this summer.