SURREY â€” Former Surrey school district superintendent Mike McKay has taken a position at the provinceâ€™s Ministry of Education as a strategic advisor.
McKay retired from his district post in December after serving just under nine years at the helm. He was succeeded by then-deputy superintendent Jordan Tinney.
At that time, McKay said he was looking forward to spending more time with his family but noted that he would also continue to promote education in the province. Following his retirement, McKay continued to serves as a trustee for the Cowichan Valley school district, which he will maintain alongside his new ministry role.
In a letter announcing McKayâ€™s new role, education minister Peter Fassbender and deputy minister Rob Wood said the former superintendent would play a valuable role within the ministry,
â€œWith his breadth of experience and relationships across the province, Mike is uniquely positioned to work with boards of education and district staff to strengthen shared governance structures, with particular attention to developing the governance approaches to help the K-12 sector pursue new opportunities for shared services. Mikeâ€™s knowledge and experience will also benefit all parts of the education system in British Columbia,â€ reads the letter.
Also mentioned in the letter are the â€œfiscally challenging timesâ€ the ministry is facing and how efforts to reduce overhead must be redoubled.
â€œThis will be done in consultation with school districts and Mike is the ideal person to work with the ministry team.â€