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News Release: Superintendent Doug Nicholls to Leave FMPSD Next January

(Fort McMurray, AB, March 20, 2019) The decision was not easy for him, but the timing was right. Doug Nicholls, Superintendent, Fort McMurray Public School District (FMPSD) has submitted his resignation, and will be leaving the District effective January 31, 2020.

Superintendent Nicholls has been with FMPSD for almost six years. Under his tenure, he built leadership capacity throughout the District, strengthening community relationships and partnerships. He ensured the story of the District has been told effectively. In addition, Superintendent Nicholls placed a focus on continuous improvement, results, and commitment to celebrating student and staff successes.

Linda Mywaart, Chair, Board of Trustees, accepted his resignation during the March 20, 2019 Board meeting.

“Superintendent Nicholls has demonstrated his passion for education and devotion to FMPSD from the very start of his time with us. His extensive experience, wisdom, skills, relationship building, community involvement, and exemplary leadership have positioned the District for a promising future for our students. The Board would like to thank Superintendent Nicholls for all he has done and will continue to do here at FMPSD.”

“The Board would also like to assure staff, students and parents that we will engage a very thorough process to recruit the next superintendent of FMPSD, so that the vision, innovation and first-rate educational programming will continue as seamlessly as possible,” Chair Mywaart noted.

Superintendent Nicholls notes it has been a “privilege to work with such a great team in the Fort McMurray Public School District.”

“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. I must also mention how much my wife Roberta and I have enjoyed living in Fort McMurray and being part of this great community. We are deeply appreciative for having access to so many activities and facilities and we will always be impressed with the giving nature of the residents.”

“I look forward to assisting the new superintendent in the transition as our District continues to grow and flourish. Thank you again to everyone who made this professional and personal experience so rewarding,” Superintendent Nicholls said.

A nation-wide search for a new superintendent will begin immediately.

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Manager

Fort McMurray Public School District #2833

Cell: 780-880-7666

Work: 780-788-8009

kiran.malikkhan@fmpsd.ab.ca