As important to the leadership of local schools as the CAO is to the running of HRM, the superintendent of the school board is the center around which all else turns. Carole Olsen has been our senior-most staff member for the last ten years. Earlier this week she announced her resignation in order to take on the role of Deputy Minister for the Department of Education, working with Education Minister Ramona Jennex. I wish Ms. Olsen all the best in her new role and look forward to the benefit her intimate understanding of the school system will bring to the province’s understanding of the strengths and challenges facing all of us as school community members. For full details on the announcement see the Chronicle Herald’s article of August 23.