School District 70 Superintendent resigns

School district 70 Superintendent Cam Pinkerton has resigned his position effective June 30 after accepting an Associate Superintendent position with the Greater Victoria school district.

“The district is grateful for Mr. Pinkerton’s years of service to the students of SD70…and we wish him the best as he assumes his new responsibilities with the Greater Victoria School Board,” said SD70 school board chair Larry Ransom through a May 2 media release.

Pinkerton served as Bamfield Community School principal and SD70 director of First Nations and Information Technology before becoming Superintendent of Schools.

According to SD 70’s 2013 statement of financial information, Pinkerton received $137,804 in remuneration for the school-year ending June 30, 2013.

His successor has yet to be named and school board trustees plan to meet soon to discuss a strategy to find a replacement.  

Ucluelet Mayor Bill Irving was disappointed by the news.  

“We just received the notice this morning and it was quite a surprise because we felt over the last year to year-and-a-half he had been very strong advocate and a sympathetic ear to the issues we have on the West Coast and we thought we were progressing both with the board and with Cam on some solutions,” he told the Westerly News Friday morning.

He said this progress would not be reset completely with a new Superintendent because Ucluelet has developed a strong relationship with SD70’s school board and staff.

“We’ve talked to them consistently about being on the same page, same message, to the Province and there’s not going to be any major shift from that strategy that’s already in place,” Irving said.  

“It is a challenge but I think having used Cam as a filter for our ideas and refined them makes it a lot easier to bring that next person up to speed in a very practical sense.”

 

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