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Osoyoos Elementary School (OSE) is getting a new principal on Aug. 1, but not the one who was announced in the spring.
Dave Foster, currently the principal at Tuc El Nuit Elementary School in Oliver, was chosen by the school board for the position last Thursday following the resignation of Caroline Pennelli, who had been announced as the new principal in April.
Pennelli at the time was on medical leave from her position as principal at YouLearn.ca, the distance education arm of School District 53. No reason has been made public for her resignation received on June 27.
The vacancy at OSE resulted because current principal Bo Macfarlane has accepted a new position at Boundary Central Secondary School in Midway, outside School District 53. This resulted in a shuffle with former Osoyoos Secondary School (OSS) principal Glenn Heinrichs stepping into Pennelli’s former position at principal at YouLearn.ca.
In an email sent to parents of OSE students on Friday, Macfarlane announced his new replacement as Foster.
Prior to becoming principal at Tuc El Nuit three years ago, Foster served as vice principal at OSS.
“Osoyoos Elementary will be well served by this fine educational leader,” Macfarlane wrote in his email to parents.
School board chair Marieze Tarr said the principal position at OSE was posted after Pennelli resigned and the school district received several applications.
Interviews to fill the resulting vacancy at Tuc El Nuit are taking place this Thursday, Tarr said.
Foster will be a good fit at OSE, Tarr said, noting that he lives in Osoyoos.
“He’s very familiar with our community and knows the needs,” said Tarr. “His two daughters attend our elementary school.”