Prince Rupert School Superintendent Irene LaPierre leaves job abrupty

John Crawford

The Prince Rupert School District is looking for a new superintendent.

In a terse news release issued this morning, the current superintendent -- Dr Irene LaPierre -- says she recognized it was within the School Board's authority to have the superintendent they want -- and "she has agreed to leave the employ of the school district, as requested, immediately".


No reason is given for the request, but the media release says "the relationship between a superintendent and the Board is a unique one -- and after reflection, the Board of Education for School District 52 Prince Rupert has determined it wishes to go in a different direction regarding district leadership".

LaPierre added "the move will allow the board to recruit a new superintendent to lead the district going forward".

She also says she's been honoured to serve the children and families of School District, in collaboration with the leadership of school and district personnel, and was grateful for the opportunity.

She added she hoped the board would continue the work of the "Equity in Action" and "Truth and Reconciliation" plans to support optimal learning opportunities for all students.

LaPierre was originally hired by the school board in the summer of 2018, replacing Ken Minette, who had moved to Grand Forks.

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