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Sidow to assume superintendent's role

March 14, 2016 8:23 P.M.

Alison Sidow, assistant superintendent of secondary schools, will step into the position of district superintendent of District 73 when Karl DeBruijn retires July 31.

Denise Harper, chairwoman of Kamloops-Thompson School Board, announced Sidow’s appointment at the start of Monday’s regular meeting.

DeBruijn took over from former superintendent Terry Sullivan two years ago, knowing it would be a short-term role due to his plan to retire in 2016.

More than 20 candidates applied for the position before it was shortlisted for final interview on Friday, Harper said.

“The board went through an intensive search and spent many hours preparing search material,” she said.

Prior to arriving in the district four years ago, Sidow worked for the B.C. Ministry of Education, holding the position of superintendent of achievement. Prior to that the SFU graduate was superintendent of School District 74, Gold Trail.

The district must immediately begin two new candidate searches. Two more administrators are leaving at the end of the school year. Art Blackwell, director of education, and John Churchley, assistant superintendent, have also announced their retirements.

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