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Superintendent, trustee leaving School District 57

The board of trustees has appointed Indigenous assistant superintendent Pam Spooner as acting superintendent.
Pam Spooner
Pam Spooner, School District 57's Indigenous assistant superintendent, has been appointed as acting superintendent following Cindy Heitman's departure from the role.

Prince George School District 57 announced Friday that Superintendent Cindy Heitman has left her position at the district, after just over two years in the role.

Heitman was named acting superintendent in January 2021 when Anita Richardson went on leave after just one year as superintendent, and was officially named superintendent by the board of trustees on Jan. 28, 2022.

The board of trustees has appointed Indigenous assistant superintendent Pam Spooner as acting superintendent, a statement released by the board on Friday said.

“We would like to thank Cindy for her 28 years with School District 57, and in particular for the past two years in the superintendent role,” School District 57 chairperson Rachael Weber said. “We are pleased that Pam has agreed to step in as acting superintendent as we conduct a search for a new superintendent. We remain focused on building collaborative relationships with rights holders, partners and stakeholders and working to ensure the district is meeting the needs of students.”

The position of superintendent has been a revolving door since 2016. Prior to Richardson taking on the role in 2020, Rod Allen served as interim superintendent from May 2019 after Marilyn Marquis-Forster resigned less than three years after she was hired in 2016 to replace long-time superintendent Brian Pepper.

The board also announced that trustee Gillian Burnett is stepping down from the board, after less than six months on the job. Burnett was elected for her first term as a trustee on Oct. 15.

A byelection will be held to fill the vacant seat on the board. The date for the byelection will be announced at a later date, the School District 57 statement said.