Rohan Arul-pragasam has been appointed superintendent of schools effective June 15, the Chilliwack Board of Education announced.
He had been serving as interim superintendent of the Chilliwack School District since November 2018, and was assistant superintendent for the eight years prior to that.
“We are very happy that Mr. Arul-pragasam has accepted the role of superintendent in the district,” said school board chair Willow Reichelt in a news release. “As interim superintendent he has led School District #33 through challenging times with energy and empathy.
“We are lucky to be able to continue to benefit from his collaborative and caring leadership.”
He’s worked for the school district for 17 years, starting out as principal of what is now Rosedale Traditional Community School.
“Mr. Arul-pragasam is a passionate educational leader who is a systems thinker,” the release continued. “He is focused on building capacity where expertise and character leadership are the cornerstone for supporting a culture of inclusion and innovation.”
He’s known for his consensus-building approach, working out solutions to complex problems, and creating a collaborative environment of trust at the school district.
Arul-pragasam said he was “humbled to continue as a steward” of the position of superintendent of schools.
“We have just finished creating our revised strategic plan, which is laser focused and clearly defines our work for the next four years.
“I am looking forward to working with a dedicated team of district leaders in our relentless support of the well-being and learning of all students and adults, which are strongly connected.
“I am committed to continuing to hear student voices and to working with our partner groups in our renewed focus on supporting our system to enhance success for all learners.”
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