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.
â€œThe district is grateful for Mr. Pinkertonâ€™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,â€ 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 70â€™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.
â€œWe 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,â€ 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 SD70â€™s school board and staff.
â€œWeâ€™ve talked to them consistently about being on the same page, same message, to the Province and thereâ€™s not going to be any major shift from that strategy thatâ€™s already in place,â€ Irving said.
â€œIt 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.â€