New Superintendent named for School District 73

By James Peters
March 14, 2016 - 9:16pm Updated: March 15, 2016 - 5:39pm

KAMLOOPS – Alison Sidow has been hired as the new Superintendent of Schools for the Kamloops-Thompson School District.

She will take over August 1, after the retirement of Karl deBruijn.

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If her name sounds familiar, it's because Sidow has spent the past four years as an assistant superintendent within the district.

She says the district's most pressing priority will be implementing the province's new curriculum, set to be fully rolled out this fall.

"Our teachers have done a great job currently of developing their skills and preparing to teach the new curriculum," said Sidow. "Of course, we do want to feel all teachers feel really supported, so that will be at the heart of much of the work we do over the coming months and years."

The district undertook a nationwide search before settling on Sidow.

Board Chair Denise Harper says five candidates were shortlisted for interviews last Friday, but Sidow clearly stood apart.

"Ms. Sidow's presentation was clear, concise; it was what we wanted to hear," said Harper. "She leaned heavily on her past experience as a superintendent in another school district and her time in the Ministry of Education when she was seconded to be able to provide us with a real full view of all of her skills."

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