The Board of Education for the Central Okanagan School District has hired Rick Oliver as its kindergarten to Grade 12 director of instruction.
Oliver is filling the job vacancy created when Lisa McCullough was appointed as the new school superintendent for the Sea to Sky School District.
Oliver has experience working at all levels in the school system at two different school districts.
He has held the positions of teacher, counsellor, vice-principal and school principal at multiple schools, and is currently the district’s principal in charge of the Central Okanagan’s International Education Program.
During his career he has also been seconded by the B.C. Ministry of Education on two different occasions to be a project director for major provincial initiatives and in 2009 he was recognized as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals.
Having recently completed his doctoral program in Educational Leadership with Simon Fraser University, Oliver is very much looking forward to the challenge of joining the senior management team.
His job portfolio will include providing leadership and oversight for the elementary, middle and secondary schools located on the Westside, as well as other related duties. This is particularly appropriate since Oliver and his wife Heather have lived in that part of the school district for 19 years.
They currently have three children, ages 5, 11 and 14, all attending schools in West Kelowna.
Chairperson for the board of education, Rolli Cacchioni, said: “Dr. Oliver has distinguished himself in the work that he has done to provide an array of program offerings for our students, and we look forward to his continued leadership in the Central Okanagan in the years to come.”