Rocky View Schools annouces new Superintendent of Schools
Rocky View Schools (RVS) has a new Superintended of Schools.
In a unanimous decision made on Oct. 3, the board of trustees voted to name Don Hoium to the role effective Jan. 1, 2014.
“Rocky View Schools is a division that’s very innovative, focused on 21st Century Learning, is undertaking a wonderful set of inquiry projects, has high achievers and a dynamic board,” Hoium said, adding he is honoured to join RVS.
“We couldn’t be more elated than to have Don take the helm of Rocky View Schools as the new Superintendent of Schools,” said Board Chair Bruce Pettigrew in a press release.
“He has a proven track record as a student-centred leader who advances innovative practices in preparing students for today’s competitive global marketplace.”
Hoium has 34 years of experience in education and has held positions in the pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 sector and senior leadership roles at the district, provincial, national and international levels.
He is currently serving as the executive director of the Saskatchewan League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents (LEADS).
Prior to joining LEADS he was the Superintendent/Director of Education for Regina Public Schools from 2007 to 2011.
The new superintendent has served as the Saskatchewan representative on the Canadian Council of Ministers of Education’s Strategic Management Committee and as a Canadian representative for the Educational Indicators Network a part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
He just completed a one-year appointment to Saskatchewan’s Joint Task Force to Improve First Nations and Métis Education and Employment Outcomes.
Hoium said the innovation and growth in RVS is exciting and progressive and something he looks forward to being a part of.
He is a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan and holds a bachelor of education with great distinction and a masters of education degree with a specialization in education of exceptional children.
Hoium will be taking the role left vacant by Greg Bass when he became deputy minister for Alberta Education.
Though Hoium said he knows he has big shoes to fill, he believes every individual brings strength to RVS and he looks forward to building upon what Bass has done in RVS and bringing his own unique skill set to the table.
Current Acting Superintendent of Schools Susan Williams will return to her role of associate superintendent of human resources when Hoium takes over.
“Thank you very much,” Williams told trustees at the Oct. 3 meeting of being given the opportunity to act as superintendent.
“It’s been a pleasure.”