LDSS principal hired as new director of instruction

Lakes District Secondary School will have a new principal because the Nechako Lakes School District will have a new director of instruction.

Next year Lakes District Secondary School (LDSS) will have a new principal because the Nechako Lakes School District will have a new director of instruction.

Mike Skinner has officially accepted the district-wide position which means he will leave his post as principal behind. A move he says is exiting as he looks forward to a new challenge.

“Im excited to accept the job and look forward to working with students, parents and the community in another capacity. I may be leaving the school but I’m not leaving the district,” Skinner said.

Now, instead of working with 39-48 staff members, Skinner’s job will span upwards of 100 staff members over multiple schools.

He will complete what is currently his seventh year as principal at LDSS for the remainder of the school year while also working closely with assistant superintendent Rick Pooley this spring and fall to get an understanding of all that his new role encompasses.

As director of instruction Skinner will be responsible for schools in the west end of the district but a good component of the job is human resources. This means he will work with all schools in the district on that front.

As a district staff member he will be the person people can talk to about teacher job postings, contracts or anything to do with the union, and will be on-call for community members in the Burns Lake area.

Previously, Skinner has been a councillor, teacher, vice principal and principal having worked with the district since 1993 at Grassy Plains Elementary Secondary School and LDSS.