A year ago, that was my choice as I retired from Park West School division. My plan was to retire and travel the world, but then an opportunity opened in Swan Valley School Division and Paris was put on hold. Some might question my decision, but after a year, I can honestly say that I am very happy and content with my decision. There are a number of reasons for my happiness:
Firstly, the happiness of any Superintendent/CEO is to a large extent based on the members of his/her board. The current board is comprised of a diverse group of people with differing backgrounds but they are united in one thing; they want to do a good job for the community, students and employees. They have been open to new ideas and willing to allow administration to the job for which they were hired. They don't always agree, but they do so without being disagreeable and they keep disagreements in house. A great board makes the job of the Superintendent/CEO's so much more enjoyable.
Secondly, the happiness of a Superintendent/CEO is dependant on the people he/she works with on a daily basis. The division office staff is truly a first class group of people. They have been friendly, welcoming and accommodating. They take pride in their work and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. I am truly blessed to be working with such quality individuals.
Thirdly, the happiness of the Superintendent is dependant on the employees that he has the privilege to lead. The employees have been welcoming and friendly to me. I find them to be invested in their work and community. The many great programs and extra-curricular opportunities offered in the schools is because of the dedicated employees of the division. Great employees make the job of the Superintendent/CEO so much easier.
Finally, the happiness of the Superintendent/CEO is dependant on the community he/she lives in. I have found the Valley to be a great place to live. The people are warm and friendly. The town offers a good variety of services and shopping opportunities. The people are proud of their schools and the programs that are offered. The Valley really values education.
Paris, well it will have to wait a few more years. I am "Happily Retired in Swan"