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Mark Francis resigns as Aspen View Public Schools superintendent

At a special meeting held July 30, 2018, the Board of Trustees of Aspen View Public Schools voted unanimously to accept, with regret, the resignation of Superintendent Mark Francis, who has accepted a position with another school division.

“My time at Aspen View has been incredibly rewarding, both personally and professionally,” Francis commented. “My children have received a world-class education and have had so many opportunities provided for them by Aspen View and the extended Athabasca community. My wife Erin and I have called Athabasca and Aspen View home for over 20 years, and we will miss all of our friends and colleagues that have been such a huge part of our lives.”

“Mark’s contributions to Aspen View as a teacher, administrator, director and superintendent over more than two decades are impossible to measure,” Aspen View Board of Trustees chair Dennis MacNeil said. “In his role as superintendent, he has skillfully guided our division through sometimes challenging circumstances, and has helped to raise the profile of Aspen View within our communities and the province. His dedication to Aspen View has been outstanding; he has been a vocal champion on important issues like rural sustainability and education funding; and he has set the bar high with his expectations for excellence in teaching and administrative accountability.

“The Francis family has been actively involved in the Athabasca community through sports and other pursuits, and our community is much richer for their presence. We all wish them the best as they embark on new adventures.”

Neil O’Shea has been appointed as Acting Superintendent of Schools effective August 8, 2018, and will remain in that role until a permanent successor is found. Francis will continue to work with Aspen View until August 31, 2018 to assist in the transition.