Greentree Elementary School will have a new head next school year, when a principal from Fort Vermillion will replace Anne Morgan as principal.
Morgan, who has been principal in Drumheller for 17 years, will be retiring after the current year, to be replaced by Chris Connell.
“I am somewhat sad... I will miss so many of the kids and staff here,” said Morgan, who was principal of Central School up until it merged with Greentree in 2003.
Morgan is retiring alongside her husband and moving to Calgary to be closer to her family.
“It has been wonderful, but to everything there is a season.”
Connell, 40, is currently the principal of Blue Hills Community School with the Fort Vermillion School Division.
The new principal chose Drumheller when the position opened, and is looking forward to living and working in Drumheller.
“It will be a little bit of a challenge,” Connell said in regards to the larger size of Greentree. The Blue Hills Community School hosts 109 children compared to Greentree’s 360 pupils.
Connell has 10 years of principal experience in Fort Vermillion, who teaches K-9, whereas Greentree only serves till Grade 6.
He brings to the table a long history of experience as principal, English as a Second Language education for the foreign exchange students at Greentree, and said he is focused on school improvement through work with school staff.
“Drumheller is a beautiful place, I’ll be closer to family, and I am looking forward to living there.”