The new superintendent for Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has been announced.

EIPS' Board of Trustees appointed Sandra Stoddard as the division's new superintendent and chief executive officer. Her first day on the job is Canada Day. 

Stoddard currently serves as associate superintendent of support for students at EIPS, a job she's had for the last six years. 

“During my time with Elk Island Public Schools, I’ve developed a deep understanding of the Division and an appreciation for the current strategic direction," Stoddard said. "I’m passionate about public education and honoured to have the opportunity to continue delivering the best possible learning experiences for students.”

She's also worked with Edmonton Public Schools, the International Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Alberta Children and Youth Services.

“As I begin my new role within an organization I love, I’ll celebrate our significant past accomplishments while balancing the need for innovative changes."

Stoddard is taking over the mantle from Mark Liguori, who announced his retirement last year.