YARMOUTH - He’ll be missed, but he’ll return.
Jared Purdy, the former principal at Yarmouth Central School, accepted the offer of a new position with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development earlier this fall. He’s the project lead for the Nova Scotia Principals Forum standing committee.
“I’ve always been pretty passionate about leadership in general,” said Purdy.
“This opportunity is something that I can challenge myself in a different way.”
He adds that he’s looking forward to taking as much insight as he can from principals across the province to create a deeper toolbox to support the Yarmouth community.
The committee will be working very closely with class Council to Improve Classroom Conditions as well as the Commission on Inclusive Education, says Purdy, who served in several capacities at Yarmouth Central over 13 years.
He began as a student teacher at age 22, then became teacher, vice-principal and principal.
He says of the more unusual experiences he’s experienced on the job was the time he had to deal with an oil spill in the basement in 2014. Classes were moved to the nearby junior high school until cleanup was completed.
His best memories are a collection of experiences he’s had with families and their children.
“Year after year there was always a special group of them that probably taught me more than I taught them,” he said.
The staff was a good team, he says.
“We had a pretty tight nucleus for quite a few years that are all still there. It got even more special when the South Centennial School amalgamated with us. That’s been a positive experience too.”
Stephen Cullen has been hired as the new principal at Yarmouth Central School.
Purdy says he will be returning as principal of a new elementary school at the corner of Parade and Brunswick streets – the former site of Yarmouth’s junior high school that’s under construction, with a target of September 2019 for completion.
Students presently attending Yarmouth Central School will attend the new facility.
“I would never have left this permanently in a million years. One of the four early learning centres was here,” said Purdy of Yarmouth Central.
“Our new school will be a model site for the early years centre model. It’s all very exciting and I’m not ready to walk away from the school community yet. Not even close.”