ATHABASCA – Aspen View Public Schools will need a new superintendent in the 2023-2024 school year, as Supt. Neil O’Shea will be retiring at the end of the current year.
Aspen View trustees accepted O’Shea’s resignation at their March 9 meeting by passing a motion to adopt the minutes of the Feb. 23 asynchronous executive committee meeting, where the matter was previously discussed.
“I just want to say to the board that it’s been a privilege and an honour to work for this organization for the last nine years,” O’Shea said at the March 9 meeting.
“This is a school division that is governed by a board of trustees that places students first and one that is known throughout the province for that and is respected.”
O’Shea clarified that he will continue working with the organization until the end of the school year, adding that he looks forward to the work they have left to do over the next several months.
O’Shea originally joined Aspen View as associate/deputy superintendent in 2014 before becoming superintendent in 2018 following the resignation of Mark Francis.
He had previously served as a school-based administrator with the Sturgeon School Division from 1990 to 2009, followed by a three-year term as a senior education manager with Alberta Education. He then returned to school-based administration for two years before coming to work in Aspen View.
“To say I was fortunate to finish my career with Aspen View over the last nine years would be an understatement,” O’Shea stated in a release.
“These years have been precious as I have grown personally and professionally in my time here. I am leaving with a heart full of gratitude and a head full of wonderful memories.”
O’Shea told the trustees at the March 9 meeting that they helped make his time within the division memorable and his job easy.
“I have been honoured throughout my tenure with work with supportive and dedicated trustees, administrators and educators who will continue to ensure a bright future for Aspen View and all its students and families,” he added.
Board chair Candyce Nikipelo said at the March 9 meeting that O’Shea’s announcement was bittersweet, but they were very fortunate to have him stay on until the end of the year.
“Today is not our goodbye day; we have the next few months to process this and take our business forward. Thank you for that,” she said.
In the release from Aspen View, Nikipelo added that O’Shea had provided exemplary leadership to the division and complimented his ability to build relationships with students, parents, staff and communities, which “has brought our division closer.”