Superintendent McBeth retires from Golden Hills division | DrumhellerMail
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Superintendent McBeth retires from Golden Hills division

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    Dianne McBeth, who has served Golden Hills School Division as superintendent for eight years has retired from  her post.

    The announcement came through her office in a letter from board chair Dave Price. He had glowing words for her service.
    “Dianne ably led us through many changes by focusing on improving learning outcomes and opportunities for students. Her passion was always for the best interests and welfare of students,” he said in his statement.
    There were many accomplishments for the school division during her eight years of service. The School Division was recognized with awards including the Minister’s Education Leadership Recognition Awards (MERLA) Program and the Calgary Educational partnership Excellence Awards.
    The International Program at Golden Hills grew leaps and bounds during her service. This saw 1,600 students from 20 countries study in the area and enrich the classroom, and serve to stabilize enrollment.
    There was also growth in technology and curriculum.
    “Opportunity for students to gain Advanced Placement credentials and explore Paleontology studies in an award winning partnership with the Tyrrell Museum expanded through courses developed locally in response to student needs and interests,” said Price’s statement. “Enhancements to Career and Technology studies included new labs and equipment, the addition of courses including equine studies, and partnerships with local businesses.”
    He goes on to say site-based management has allowed greater flexibility, responsibility and accountability for school leaders.
    McBeth’s career spanned 36 years in public education. She served on the provincial executive of the College of Alberta School Superintendents, Alberta Education’s International Education Advisory Council, and the Accountability Committee of the Provincial Alberta Teachers Association. She was also the president of the Centre for Leadership in Learning at the University of Calgary, all during her tenure with Golden Hills.
    The division faced a number of challenges while McBeth was superintendent including working on a solution to the East Wheatland school situation, declining enrollment and electoral ward restructuring. 
    “We thank her for her leadership and the dedication she has shown. An opportunity will be given to trustees and staff, past and present, to thank Dianne for her faithful service,” said Price’s statement, adding McBeth has agreed to serve the board until it is able to appoint a new superintendent. The board expects to launch a search for a new superintendent and hope to hire by this summer.

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