The current school year will be the last as the Superintendent of the Peace Wapiti School Division for Sheldon Rowe.
He will retire come August 2018 after a 37-year career with the Division.
The announcement came at today’s board meeting.
“At some point, you can have time or money, you just can’t have both. I’ve had a great career, I’ve had great bosses. Really enjoyed working with the Board, I’ve enjoyed the politics, the leadership, the educational decisions. But, at some point, it’s time for retirement,” Rowe said.
“I ran into one of my Grade 8 students, Grade 9 students from Teepee Creek. I asked what he was doing here the other day, and he told me he was retired. So, if you’re a teacher and the kids that you taught are retiring, maybe it’s time that you think about it too.”
Rowe says one thing that stands out for him over his career is the number of new buildings and services to kids. He adds he’s proud of the work the School Division has done over the years with their First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities.
Rowe started as a teacher at Beaverlodge Regional High School in 1980.
Rowe also worked as a teacher at Teepee Creek and Harry Balfour Schools, Vice-Principal at the former Hythe Regional Junior High School, where he later became Principal. He also served as Principal at Helen E. Taylor School in Wembley before moving into administrative work.
Rowe has been the PWSD Superintendent since 2006.
Rowe plans on travelling and spending more time with his family following his retirement.
With files from Trevor Snell