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New superintendent named for Abbotsford school district

Kevin Godden has been promoted from deputy superintendent.
Kevin Godden

The Abbotsford Board of Education has named a new superintendent, hiring from within.

Kevin Godden, who is currently the deputy superintendent, will succeed Julie MacRae as of July 1.

Board chair Cindy Schafer said they are expecting a "smooth and efficient transition.”

Godden has been with the Abbotsford school district for 14 years, serving as deputy superintendent since the fall of 2008, with two terms as acting secretary-treasurer.

Previous to that, he was assistant superintendent for four years, the director of learning services, and principal of Maple Grove school.

Godden said he is pleased and honoured with the announcement.

“I have a fundamental belief in our public education system," he said.

"This district in particular has seen many positive educational programs and initiatives launched in the past decade, many of which I have been privileged to support. We have very talented staff in Abbotsford, and I am committed to working with them to improve what is already a wonderful district.”

Superintendent MacRae will still be in the district until the end of the school year in June.