Morinville's first public school principal, Wayne Rufiange, is heading out the doors for the last time.
Rufiange was principal at Morinville Public School (MPS) for six years, leading the school through its inception in 2011 and various challenges along the way.
"It's been great, I've been able to do a lot of great things and meet a lot of great people," he explained, "but change is important to me."
Now, he's heading to Westlock —his hometown— to take the role of principal at his former high school, R. F. Staples. Interestingly enough, he'll also be celebrating his 25-year high school reunion next school year.
According to Sturgeon School Division Human Resources, the departing principal has conducted over 100 interviews for teachers during his tenure at MPS.
"A lot of firsts, we started a sports academy, a dance academy," said Rufiange, reflecting on his time at MPS. "Just some amazing people that I've been able to work with and some amazing students that I've got to know."
He also played a big role in making MPS the first French Immersion school in the school division.
"We started something pretty special, I really wanted to make the school have that family feel," added Rufiange.
Addressing the staff and students, he said to, "just continue and do the things that you love to do."
Current vice-principal Shawna Walter takes over Rufiange's role in September. She's been with Morinville Public School for three years.