Grasslands Public Schools Superintendent David Steele Announces Retirement
Grasslands Public Schools Superintendent David Steele is retiring at the end of this school year after 10 successful years with the district.
David was born midway through the last century in Wawota, Saskatchewan at a time when small towns had hospitals and actually delivered babies. He was fortunate to grow up in a great family with a younger brother and sister, a nurse/musician mother and an ethical, well-respected farmer father on a small mixed farm in that community. He met his wife Kim when they were in high school but it took quite a few years to convince her that he was a viable marriage prospect.
The scary move to the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon resulted in a BSA (Agricultural Economics) in 1972 and a Bachelor of Education (math major) in 1973, as well as the formation of many lifelong friendships. From there, it was on to teaching math and various other subjects for three years in Val Marie and Plenty.
Experience in administration began in Plenty with three years as principal; during those years he also served a term as President of the STF local in Rosetown. The lure of the farm then took he and Kim (who had succumbed to his courtship and married him in 1974), back to the farm at Kelso. Four years of frost, falling commodity prices and 24% interest necessitated temporary jobs as Chemistry teacher, Assistant Farm Management Specialist, and District Manager of the Land Bank.
The next 6 years were spent as principal in Kamsack, where the school burned down, resulting in several years of roving amongst temporary locations. He enjoyed a beautiful new facility for a short time before moving to Humboldt, where he was principal for 6 years. During those years David completed a PGD in Educational Administration and an M.Ed. from the University of Regina. He also coached football and baseball. Kim worked full time as a teacher and they raised their four children.
For 11 years David was Director of Education (CEO) in Moosomin, Moose Jaw, and Prairie Valley (the rural division surrounding Regina). He was president of LEADS (League of Educational Administrators Directors and Superintendents), and represented LEADS as a representative on the Equity in Education Forum and on a Foundation Operating Grant Reference Committee.
The first try at retirement was unsuccessful. David spent most of a year consulting for the Saskatchewan Department of Education and then moved to Alberta where he was Deputy Superintendent for 6 years in Grasslands and is completing his 4th year as Superintendent. He stated that it has been a pleasure to work with great Grasslands employees and a principled, cohesive Board.
The current retirement plan for David and Kim involves travel, and enjoying good music, good literature and sports. They will also be free to impose on their children; Amy (Lawyer in Whitehorse), John (Territory Relationship Manager with FCC in Swift Current), Kathryn (Counsellor in a school in Victoria), and Colleen (Engineer in Saskatoon) and spoil their three grandchildren.
“David’s career with Grasslands and reputation with colleagues, trustees, teachers, parents and students might be at least partially captured by descriptors such as: wise, diligent, trustworthy, fair, positive, tenacious, and principled. His leadership, vision, dedication, and excellent work will be greatly missed,” said Board Chair Vic Budz.
The school division is currently in the process of initiating the search for David’s replacement.