Calling it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Kevin Kaardal says he’s ready to help transition the Central Okanagan School District into a new age in education for the Central Okanagan and the province of BC.
Kaardal was introduced to the news media in Kelowna Wednesday afternoon as he gets set to to officially take over the position as the superintendent/CEO of the Central Okanagan School District and its 40-plus schools as of Jan. 1.
“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Kaardal. “The Central Okanagan School District is is a high-performing district and they are doing some very innovative things. It was district I hoped I would have the opportunity to work in. I’m honoured the board has put their faith in me and I’ll get the opportunity to work with an outstanding team and community of partners that are focussed on doing what’s best for the learners in the Central Okanagan.”
Kaardal will replace outgoing superintendent Hugh Gloster who is moving on from the Central Okanagan after spending virtually his entire career in the area as a teacher and administrator.
School board chair Moyra Baxter said hiring a new superintendent is the most important move that can face a board of trustees and they are happy to find Kaardal, who has been in the district shadowing Gloster and visiting nearly every school.
“We’re very excited,” said Baxter. “We think we have a great school district. We have incredible staff members who come up with great ideas and we’re excited to be moving forward building on those things we have put in place and looking at our district through some new eyes.”
Both Baxter and Kaardal pointed to the new curriculum that is being implemented in BC over the next three years as the most important issue facing the district.
Before being hired by the Central Okanagan district, Kaardal worked in Burnaby, Mission and Victoria as well as in Alberta, starting out as a teacher and advancing into administration.
For a detailed feature on the new superintendent, pick up a copy of the Friday Kelowna Capital News.