Two North Island high schools have switched educators.
School District 85’s Acting Superintendent Carol Robertson released an administrative announcement Oct. 31 stating that as of Nov. 15, Port Hardy Secondary School’s (PHSS) Principal Patti Burt will “become the Vice Principal of North Island Secondary School (NISS).”
Burt had been working as the Principal of PHSS for the last 15 months, and she requested an assignment closer to home in Port McNeill. The School Board was “happy to accommodate this move and wishes her every success in her new assignment.”
Starting Nov. 28, NISS’s Vice Principal Rena Sweeney will assume the vacated position of Principal at PHSS. Sweeney has worked as the Vice Principal at NISS for the past three years. “I join the board in congratulating Ms. Sweeney on her new appointment,” wrote Robertson.
When asked to comment, NISS Principal Jay Dixon was quick to reply that the school is “happy for Ms. Sweeney and her promotion,” and added that NISS staff are looking forward to “bringing relationships and programming of the two schools closer together in order to enhance learning on the North Island. I am confident Ms. Burt’s experience as an educator will fit well with the NISS team.”