Thursday, June 24, 2010

Podunk Below the Masthead Thursday, June 24, 2010

A review of departing School District principal Steve Riley's career, Prince Rupert RCMP are kept busy on Thursday morning on 6th West and CFTK profiles Rudy Kelly at his new position with the City of Prince Rupert, some of Thursday's news offferings.

Daily News, front page, headline story
LONG TIME STEVE RILEY A LOSS FOR RUPERT STUDENTS-- A high profile departure from School District 52 is examined, as the Daily News recaps the twenty five years of service of Steve Riley, who will leave his principal's duties at the Pacific Coast School for a position with the Nisga'a School District.

Dan Rodin submits a report which answers some questions regarding the City's Statement of Financial Information for 2009, with City council members having sought out clarification by e mail on a number of issues of concern.

The Daily takes a look at the state of the city's real estate market as local residents await news on a number of fronts that could impact on the buying and selling of homes in the city.

The Sports section features a look at the recent Prince Rupert Rapids Swim club's award ceremony last week.

(Daily News Archive items for Thursday, June 24, 2010)

Long Time Steve Riley a loss for Rupert students 
City financial report clarified
Rupert Real estate in hold mode
Growing space gets new lease on life and rent
A Rupert beauty contestant

The Northern View
No new local news was posted to the Northern View website on Thursday

CFTK TV 7 News
Early morning assault in Prince Rupert -- Prince Rupert RCMP were kept busy in the early morning hours of Thursday with an assault in the 6th West and Tatlow area of the city (see article here)

CFTK TV 7 News
New Advocate for active living in Prince Rupert -- CFTK catches up to the news of the hiring of Rudy Kelly as the City of Prince Rupert's recreation director. (see article here) (Sahar Nassimdoost filed this report for CFTK)

CBC News Northern BC, Daybreak North
Daybreak North is only posting selected items on their website now. 

The most recently posted items can be found on the archive page for Daybreak North click here

Daily News, front page, headline story
Long Time Steve Riley a loss for Rupert students
By George T. Baker 
Staff Writer 
Prince Rupert Daily News 
Thursday, June 24, 2010 

After 25 years on the job, educator Steve Riley is tipping his hat to the school district and hitting the road on his way to a new town.

 Riley has stepped down from his role of principal at Pacific Coast School and has accepted a job as principal of Gitwinsilkh Elementary School in the Nass Valley.

 In a press release, the Prince Rupert school board wished Riley well and welcomed his replacement on board - Port Edward Elementary School’s principal, Sandy Pond.

 “Of course we wish Steve Riley the very best in his new assignment of principal for the Nisga’a School District,” said board chair Tina Last.

 “He has provided valuable leadership for the students in the district over the past twenty-five years and will be greatly missed, particularly by the staff and students of his most recent schools: PCS and Roosevelt Elementary School.“

 Riley was the principal of Roosevelt during some of that school’s more turbulent years, when it was known as the province’s ‘worst’ elementary school’ based on the Fraser Institute’s Foundational Skills Assessment. Interestingly, the school has been assessed very differently this year by Sir Wilfred Laurier University, compared to FI’s report.

 However, Riley’s greatest legacy will likely be the initiative to get Pacific Coast School open, an alternative school that applies a different methodology in educating students.

 The school was founded on the principle that the normal secondary school curriculum wasn’t working for some students that had withdrawn or were failing in their studies. The school faced many obstacles to opening, including some members of the Cow Bay business community who were concerned that locating a school in their area would cause damage to the community design. Pond will replace Riley beginning in September, but will do so only part-time.

Pond will remain the part-time principal of Port Edward. In addition, the school board announced that Mike Russell will be the new Acting Vice-Principal of Charles Hays Secondary School. Russell will become a turncoat of sorts, having graduated from Prince Rupert Secondary School as a student.

Russell has taken on the responsibilities because current principal Sandy Jones has taken on a part-time role at the school district office.

Russell has experience teaching in Kitkatla, and in schools in Georgia and in Mexico.

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