Okanagan Skaha sees administrative shuffle

Numerous staff changing location throughout the Okanagan Skaha School District

A game of musical chairs appears to have broken out, as the school district has spent the past month announcing plans to fill its administrator vacancies for next year.

It began with the retirement of John Olfert as principal at KVR Middle School.

Olfert spent 24 years with Okanagan Skaha School District, including the past seven at KVR Middle. He will be replaced by current vice-principal Steven DeVito.

Before stepping up to an administrative role, DeVito worked as a teacher at three other Penticton schools. His replacement as the new KVR Middle School vice-principal is Jennifer Wingham.

Wingham taught last year at McNicoll Park Middle School and also served as principal for two summer school programs. No word from the district on her replacement.

Now, there will also be a new principal at West Bench Elementary, when Allen Beckingham takes the reins this summer. Beckingham, who spent the past two  years teaching in Singapore, succeeds Lisa Edwards, who is set to become the new principal at Uplands Elementary School.

Edwards will take over from Susan Johnston, who is leaving the district to become assistant superintendent in the Prince George School District.


Finally, ConnectEd will also have a new principal in Doug MacDonald, who will leave his post as vice-principal at Summerland Secondary. No word yet on his replacement there.