Scott Tremblay was busy last week at Similkameen Elementary Secondary School, getting ready for the new school year as well as getting acquainted with his new role as Vice Principal at the school.
“It’s a huge learning curve,” he admitted, but I’m happy to be here, supporting the school this way.”
Tremblay has been on SESS staff since 1999, and has become very familiar with the school and the Lower Similkameen.
“I’m looking forward to this school year,” Tremblay said, “Kate and I work well together, and I know most of the staff.” Tremblay said that he has found a lot of support both within the school and the community for him in his new position.
“I’ve even met former students who are happy to see me in this role,” he added.
Tremblay, who is an accomplished triathlete in his own right, plans to take on additional responsibilities as Athletic Director for the school.
“We have so many good athletes here,” he said, “the volleyball, basketball and cross country teams all made the provincials last year. The school has a lot of athletic talent.
That’s going to be another new learning curve for me. I’ve coached before, but never played the major role of allocating and scheduling school sports – I’ve never done the whole program.
We’ve had a number of community coaches in the past – they are what makes everything work,” he said.
“I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge – I certainly plan to refocus and contribute positvely to our school.”
Former SESS Vice Principal Barton Tumlinson departed the school for the principal’s job at Oliver Elementary School.
Tumlinson left SESS after four years, all spent as Vice Principal. He is taking over at Oliver from Mike Safek, who is going to Osoyoos Secondary, where that school’s prinicipal is going on temporary leave.
Tumlinson had mixed feelings about his departure last June.
“I’m sad to go,” he said, “but I am looking forward to the opportunity in Oliver.”
Tumlinson said he really enjoyed the time spent at SESS.
“I’m thankful for all the great people I’ve gotten to know,” he said.
During his tenure, Tumlinson took part in the implementation of the school’s highly successful cafeteria program, the playground improvements, and improvements to the school’s aboriginal program.
“I’d like to think that the tone of the school has improved,” he added. “Every year has always been full. There are many good things that happen at this school.”