SURREY — School district superintendent and CEO Mike McKay has announced that he will be retiring at the end of the year. McKay, who took on the role in August 2005 will be replaced in 2014 by the district's current deputy superintendent, Dr. Jordan Tinney.
In a release, McKay said he discussed his retirement with the board earlier this summer and decided this fall would be a good time for the transition.
"Some key initiatives and changes have completed and the district has an excellent leadership team in place, and there is great positive momentum," he said. "I look forward to devoting more time to my family and continuing to serve with organizations promoting education in B.C. and beyond.
McKay will not be leaving the education sector entirely, as he's set to continue his roles with Cowichan Valley school district and the Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative.
During his time as Surrey's superintendent, McKay oversaw a variety of district initiatives, including the opening of the District Education Centre, which centralized the district's staff, saving around $1.4 million a year in efficiencies and reducing the district's carbon footprint across the board. Student success rates also rose under McKay's watch, as well as the number of honours graduates within the district.
"Mike McKay is a passionate, effective visionary and leader for the Surrey school district, as well as an honest, compassionate statesman who is a pleasure to work with and he will be missed," said Surrey school board chair Shawn Wilson. "As we move forward, our board is confident the district will be well-served by Dr. Tinney who, since coming to Surrey in 2012, has impressed trustees with the quality of his leadership and the great connections he has made in our complex, diverse and growing community."
Prior to his arrival in Surrey, Tinney served as the Vancouver school district's deputy superintendent as well as the superintendent for the Comox Valley school district.
"I am very excited about continuing to support Surrey in a new role," said Tinney. "Surrey is a quickly growing, innovative and creative district with great staff and connected partners, and I look forward to the road ahead together."
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