New School to Honour Past Superintendent Richard Bulpitt
At their Regular Meeting of December 11, 2012, the Langley Board of Education announced that the District’s newest school will be known as Richard Bulpitt Elementary, in honour of the man who served as Langley’s Superintendent of Schools until his retirement in 2001.
Scheduled to open in the Fall of 2013, the new elementary school in the South-East Yorkson area of Langley is located at 20965 - 77A Avenue. Nominations for the naming of the new school were opened at the Regular Board Meeting of September 25, 2012 and were accepted until the submission deadline of October 29, 2012.
Richard Bulpitt was born in London, England 16 June, 1943 to Kenneth and Nancy. He graduated from Manchester University (BS Econ.) and the University British Columbia (M. Ed). He was a master teacher, principal, and administrator in both Vancouver and Langley and served as Superintendent Schools for the Langley School District from May 1996 until March 2001.
Bulpitt was serving as an Asian welfare services missionary based in Hong Kong when he passed away suddenly from a heart attack while on a missionary assignment with his wife in Hanoi, Vietnam on Sunday, April 22, 2007.
“Richard Bulpitt was admired by students, colleagues, and friends for his love of education and dedication to the community,” said Board Chair Wendy Johnson, “we received overwhelming support for recognizing him with the naming of our new school in his honour.”
Last Wednesday morning the District announced that Ms. Lucy Lenko, current principal at Langley Meadows Elementary, has been appointed principal of this new school. Ms Lenko knew Richard Bulpitt when she was a teacher in the District and took administrative courses under his leadership.
Above: Family of Richard Bulpitt join Trustees and Principal Lucy Lenko for announcement of new school named in his honour .