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SD43 adds two new assistant superintendents in board office restructuring

Long-time Coquitlam district leaders take on expanded roles to meet new provincial mandates in child care and education.
School District 43 will see some administrators take on bigger jobs this fall in the board office and education learning centre. | Diane Strandberg, Tri-City News file photo

Some changes are coming to School District 43’s (SD43) leadership.

Two long-serving administrators have been bumped to the position of assistant superintendent and the Human Resources department is seeing some new faces at the helm, as well.

However, a boost in the number of assistant superintendents from four to six doesn’t increase the size of the leadership team.

Instead, administrators who previously held positions of directors of instruction, have been given expanded roles as well as a new title, the Tri-City News was told.

“While the number of District Leadership Team members remains the same, responsibilities and roles are being adjusted to address district growth and provide leadership to important new Ministry of Education and Child Care mandates,” explained SD43 superintendent Patricia Gartland in a statement.

The new assistant superintendents are:

Stephen Whiffin, who was previously director of instruction for info tech and Chief Information Officer (CIO), now assumes the post of assistant superintendent.

Whiffin will keep his CIO and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) roles but will now additionally oversee the district’s online and adult learning programs as well as oversee IHub Secondary.

(IHub is a self-directed learning program where students do regular course work for half their time and for the remainder do projects that interest them.)

Learning services role expands

Paul McNaughton will maintain primary responsibility for the Learning Services portfolio, supporting students with diverse needs, but will now also oversee the district’s alternate education programs along with other duties.

Meanwhile, a former principal and executive director of Human Resources is now permanently in the role of secretary treasurer and chief financial officer.

Randy Manhas previously held the position on an interim basis to replace Mohammed Azim, who left SD43 late last year.

Manhas’ job as executive director of HR has now been given to Michelle Daycock, who was acting in the role.

Meanwhile, Amy Leung has been appointed Director of Human Resources.

All appointments take place in July.

School District 43's spokesperson couldn't provide salaries for the new assistant superintendent jobs due to privacy reasons.

However, according to the most recent publicly available  (2021-2022) statement of financial information, assistant superintendents at the time earned $199,645 while directors of instruction earned $170,903.

According to SD43’s website, assistant superintendents are “responsible for the supervision of schools within their administrative area and for the management of assigned district responsibilities. They provide educational leadership to the schools based on their needs and the directions set for the district.”