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New Westminster superintendent of schools resigns

Superintendent John Woudzia is winding down his career with the New Westminster School District. - NewsLeader file
Superintendent John Woudzia is winding down his career with the New Westminster School District.
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Long-time New Westminster school district superintendent John Woudzia has resigned to accept a position with Vancouver Community College (VCC).

Board of education chair Jonina Campbell said the district, beset with budget deficit issues over the last decade, will miss Woudzia’s leadership skills.

“John has been a very committed leader that has done a lot of great things for the district in terms of social responsibility and educational pieces,” said Campbell. “We’re going to have to find a structure that will allow the district to continue to move forward as we look to replace the superintendent. We have an excellent staff under John that will have to come together to see they will continue to function without John, and I have full confidence they will be able to do that.”

Woudzia has been with the district for 15 years, the past eight as superintendent. Prior to taking that position he was a district principal, a director of instruction and assistant superintendent.

“I am extremely proud to have been associated with such an outstanding and caring group of teachers, support staff, administrators and trustees who have always put the interests of our students at the forefront. I will miss New Westminster very much, but this was an opportunity that I could just not turn down,” said Woudzia, who will leave the district at the end of January to become VCC’s vice-president of education and student services.

Campbell said over the next two weeks the board will develop a plan for replacing Woudzia, who pulled in $165,000 in salary and expenses in the 2011-12 school year.

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