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PRSD superintendent announces impending retirement

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Prairie Rose School Division (PRSD) board trustees will have another item to tackle in the coming months, with the announcement of the impending retirement of Superintendent Brian Andjelic.

He took some time at the Nov. 8 regular board meeting to share with the board his intentions to retire at the end of his current four-year contract, July 31, 2017.
“I want to thank this board and the past boards that I’ve worked with,” he said.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time and the many people I’ve worked with ... and learned from.”
He shared a slideshow of some photographs with the trustees of people he has worked with over his 38-year career and some of his family and personal life. It was his way of showing that it is possible to attain life-work integration.
Andjelic first started with Prairie Rose School Division when amalgamation of four school boards took place in 1995. Prior to that he worked as a teacher with the Cypress School Division.
He has taught and held vice-principal and principal roles at Irvine School and Eagle Butte High School in Dunmore. In August of 2001, Andjelic started working in central office as assistant superintendent, then deputy superintendent and finally superintendent in 2013.
Board Chair Stuart Angle says Andjelic’s leadership will be missed.
“Brian Andjelic has been an excellent leader for Prairie Rose. He has led with a strong purpose of doing what is best for students and what is best for Prairie Rose.”
At the meeting, Andjelic talked about what he thinks has changed in 38 years of working in education, adding he doesn’t think students have changed in that time.
“Society has changed. Our life has become increasingly complex,” he said. “Kids really haven’t changed. One could argue they are wired differently, because it’s a reflection of society.”
Andjelic also answered the question of why retire now.
“I feel strongly that the current board has the background to recruit a new superintendent who will respect the history, culture and current direction while keeping an equal focus on the future interests of the division,” he explained.
Andjelic looks forward to hearing many stories of success in the years to come, and with emotion said he has been thankful for the support he has received.
“It has been an honour, a privilege and a pleasure to serve.”
He has no clear plans once his final day of work comes on July 31, other than to spend more time with his family who have been so supportive through his career.
“The future is created by applying talent to aspiration. I wish you the best in your upcoming superintendent search,” he added.
The process of finding a new superintendent will begin this fall. Angle said they will reach out to the Alberta School Boards Association to assist and help guide the process.
Angle was somewhat surprised by Andjelic’s decision to retire, but that it is always up to each individual to choose when is the best time.
“He’s thought about this a lot,” added Angle. “He’s clear on his purpose. That’s just one of the legacies he has left us. That and wellness. He has a good balance of everything.”

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