After almost four decades in education, Prairie Rose School Division superintendent Bruce Wood is stepping down.
Wood, who lives in Carman where the board office is located, has worked as superintendent for three years, and was assistant superintendent for seven years before that.
The school division is a large one, extending from Miami in the south to St. Laurent in the north. Wood said the sheer size of the division’s catchment area presents some challenges, but staff often meet for training and development.
A team has presented workshops on anger and conflict management for groups of teachers within Prairie Rose.
"We try to create teams across our division," Wood said.
He said he’s noticed a change in the overall attitude within his and other school divisions. "There’s been an increasing interest in social and emotional development for children."
He cited the addition of aboriginal history and cultural awareness to the curriculum, as well as anti-bullying initiatives as examples of this trend, adding that the provincial government and Manitoba divisions are launching a mental health program for public schools.
"It’s a challenge sometimes because I don’t think that society is always on the same page," he said, referring to the violence found in many video games, TV shows and movies.
The division has a continuing commitment to offering French immersion programming.
While Wood is looking forward to relaxing when the school bell rings again in September, he said he’ll miss being amazed by teachers’ energy and willingness to take on new projects aimed at helping students.
"I’ll miss that sense of surprise and wonder."