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As schools return, OSS welcomes new principal
Labour Day marks the end of the summer break for students at the two Osoyoos public schools.
Students at Osoyoos Elementary School and Osoyoos Secondary School return to classes on Tuesday, Sept. 3 for the morning only, before returning to a normal schedule on Wednesday.
The school day Tuesday begins at 8:30 a.m. and students get out at 11:30 a.m. at both schools.
A new principal takes the helm at OSS as Mike Safek fills the position vacated by Glen Heinrichs, who is taking a leave of absence. Safek comes from Oliver Elementary School, where he served as principal.
Safek has served two previous terms in senior administration at Osoyoos Secondary School.
“It feels great,” said Safek on Monday as he was settling into his new role and meeting staff. “I’m really looking forward to working with the students, meeting students, getting to know the parents and working with our staff.”
Safek is not entirely new to OSS. He served for four years as vice principal and two years as principal at the school in the early to mid 2000s.
The school will have two new teachers when classes resume next week. Nicole Johnson has been hired back and Helen Williams starts as a band teacher.
Williams will be shared with OES and will work at the two schools, Safek said.
The previous band teacher had to travel to all the schools in the district, but this resulted in a heavy workload and very travel intensive so the job has been split and Osoyoos will have its own teacher between the two schools.
“I’m looking forward to working with everybody so that our students are successful and have a good and positive school year,” said Safek. “At the end of the day it’s all about building success for kids.”