Superintendent Leaving Bulkley Valley School District

John Crawford

The Bulkley Valley School District is looking for a new superintendent.

After eight years at the helm, and many more as a teacher or administrator in the northwest, Chris van der Mark is leaving for a similar position with the Cariboo-Chilcotin School District, effected March 31st.

Van der Mark says he's proud of the district's accomplishments over the years, including the new Walnut Park replacement school now being built in Smithers, and he says one of his biggest regrets is the fact he won't be there for the school's opening next year.


He also said that even the challenges faced over the years, such as declining enrollments and the need to close schools, presented opportunities.

"I think they force you to look at doing things differently, they force you to be more efficient and I think sometimes those challenges are opportunities and I do think we've done a pretty good job of treating them as such here -- even dispite declining enrollment, we've never had to cut programs or reduce services or those things and in fact, through efficiencies, many of those things have increased," he said.

Van der Mark also says he's going to miss coaching the Smithers Secondary School Gryphons Girls Basketball team -- and one reason he's staying on the job until the end of March is so he can see the team through to the end of its season.

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