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Public school superintendent Nicholls to step down in 2020

IMAGE: Supplied by the Fort McMurray Public School Division.

After six years as Superintendent for the Fort McMurray Public School Board (FMPSD), Doug Nicholls called it a day.

Chair Linda Mywaart and the Board of Trustees accepted Nicholls’ resignation at today’s board meeting.

Mywaart said Superintendent Nicholls demonstrated a passion and devotion for education, thanking him for his six years in service.

“His extensive experience, wisdom, skills, relationship building, community involvement, and exemplary leadership have positioned the District for a promising future for our students.”

While the decision wasn’t easy, Superintendent Nicholls said the timing was right.

“Thank you to the students, staff, parents and community for the support and commitment to innovation, strong programming and high results. A special thank you must be given to the Board of Trustees, past and present, for the guidance and direction over the six years I have been in the role.”

Doug Nicholls’ resignation is effective on January 31, 2020.

What happens now

In the interim, the FMPSD will conduct a nation-wide search for a new superintendent.

“We will engage a very thorough process to recruit the next superintendent of FMPSD,” said Chair Mywaart. “So that the vision, innovation and first-rate educational programming will continue as seamlessly as possible.”

Doug Nicholls’ first began as FMPSD superintendent in August 2013.