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Heitman leaves superintendent role at SD57; trustee Burnett resigns

After serving just over two years at the helm of School District 57, Cindy Heitman is moving on.

The Board of Education for School District 57 announced late Friday that Heitman “has left the district” and that has appointed Pam Spooner, Indigenous Assistant Superintendent, as acting Superintendent of Schools.

Heitman was named to the acting role in early 2021 when the-superintendent Anita Richardson went on leave and was named superintendent in January 2022, when Richardson officially left the employ of the district. Richardson, who was in the position for one year, is now suing the district.

No reason was given for Heitman’s departure. The district has, in the past few years, had a hard time keeping superintendents. . Prior to Richardson taking on the role in 2020, Rod Allen served as interim superintendent from May 2019 after Marilyn Marquis-Forster resigned less than three years after she was hired in 2016 to replace long-time superintendent Brian Pepper.

“We would like to thank Cindy for her 28 years with School District 57, and in particular for the past two years in the Superintendent role,” said Rachael Weber, board chair. “We are pleased that Pam has agreed to step in as acting superintendent as we conduct a search for a new superintendent. We remain focused on building collaborative relationships with rights holders, partners and stakeholders and working to ensure the district is meeting the needs of students.”

In addition, trustee Gillian Burnett announced she is stepping down from the board. A by- election will be held at a later date to fill that position.

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