Bennett retiring as PRSD superintendent

Paul Bennett

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Paul Bennett will retire as the superintendent of schools for Peace River School Division next summer.

At the board’s regular meeting Aug. 20, he announced he will retire Aug. 31, 2021, says a PRSD news release.

“Dr. Bennett is a true advocate for our students, staff, communities and public education – he will be greatly missed,” says board chair Darren Kuester.

“He consistently demonstrates passion and dedication for student learning and fosters a culture of excellence, innovation and collaboration.”

PRSD will begin the process to recruit Bennett’s successor in the near future.

“I’ve been fortunate to work amongst some of the most inspiring and dedicated students, staff, trustees, community members, and organizations during my time in the division,” says Bennett, who has worked for PRSD for 25 years.

“I feel grateful for the learning, growth and collaboration with students, staff, families and the board of trustees.

“I share my accomplishments with the outstanding people that I have been gifted to be surrounded by and I extend my thanks to everyone for their support and dedication to education.”

The school division values his service.

“On behalf of the board of trustees, I extend my deepest gratitude to Dr. Bennett for his service to students, staff, the board of trustees, and the communities we serve,” Kuester says.

“We are very grateful for his innovative nature, leadership, and passion to provide students with the best educational opportunities possible.

“He will be surely missed and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Bennett’s career in PRSD began in 1994 as the principal at Worsley Central School and in 1997 he was appointed principal at Fairview Jr. Sr. High School [FHS].

During his leadership role at FHS, he co-ordinated and led the opening of the Fairview and Area Learning Store.

In 2007, Bennett was appointed as PRSD’s deputy superintendent.

In 2009, was appointed as superintendent Bennett also provided school leadership in Northland School Division, Chinook’s Edge School Division, and in the former Bay d’Espoir Integrated School District in Newfoundland.

Bennett has a long list of highlights for his career in PRSD.

He co-ordinated and opened the Fairview and Area Learning Store in 2005.

Bennett implemented and co-ordinated of PRSD’s student engagement teams, PRSD student and staff recognition programs, the superintendent/ teacher advisory committee; and worked tirelessly work to build relationships and partnerships in PRSD communities.

PRSD would like to note his significant progress in collaborating with PRSD’s Mennonite communities to provide educational opportunities and partnerships.

Bennett wrote a thesis during his Doctorate of Education Program from Western University on this topic.

During Bennett’s career, he also served as the president of the Peace River Rotary Club and president of the Zone 1 College of Alberta Superintendents.

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