Monday, September 19, 2016
91 NEWS – from our most recent Board Meeting…
On Monday, September 19, 2016, the Board of Education of School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) held its Board Meeting at the Board Office in Vanderhoof, BC.
Rural Post Secondary Education Committee (Burns Lake)
The Board of Education received an informative presentation from the Burns Lake Rural Post Secondary Education Committee (RPEC). The committee members wanted to keep the Board of Education informed on the efforts to create a new rural post secondary model in the Burns Lake area. The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) has had some early discussions with the RPEC and will be visiting the community soon for further discussions.
Superintendent Seguin reviewed the current school enrolment numbers with the Board and indicated that these numbers are still too early to rely on, but that we are also seeing some schools exceeding projections while others are experiencing the challenges of lower enrolments. Senior Staff continues to monitor these situations and will work with Principals to resolve issues as they arise.
Ms. Seguin also highlighted the professional learning activities that happened at the end of August, prior to school opening. Primary educators had an opportunity to spend two days with Janet Mort exploring researched-based reading activities designed to accelerate reading in the early years. The District was very pleased to have sixty-eight staff members from all communities participate in this training. Additionally, another thirty-eight educators came together to deepen their understanding of the inquiry process. It was very exciting to see school teams working together to identify their area of focus for the year.
Early Learning Project
Interest in the early literacy project continues to grow. This project began as a collaborative between the staffs of William Konkin Elementary, WL McLeod Elementary, and David Hoy Elementary. Each year more schools join the project and work collaboratively to improve reading results for students. Ms. Seguin expressed gratitude for SD 59 (Dawson Creek) continuing to act as a host when we have teams that want to explore what they are doing in Peace River South. We will have more teams travel to Dawson Creek in the fall, and we can expect to see many more students experiencing literacy instruction that is infused with fun games as a means of motivating and extending learning.
College of New Caledonia Update
Ms. Seguin also informed the Board that she and Eugene Marks, Assistant Superintendent, met with representatives form the College of New Caledonia regarding offerings in our region. The District continues to be concerned about the opportunities in our communities, and we were able to explore ways we can work together to improve opportunities for our students.
Lieutenant Governor Visit
The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor for British Columbia, visited Fort St. James Secondary School. Students from David Hoy elementary school were also able to attend the assembly and to participate in the ceremony.
2016/2017 Annual Five Year Capital Plan Approved
The Board of education approved the proposed five-year capital plan as presented by Mr. Tim Bancroft, Manager of Operations. Each year districts are asked to submit a plan to the Ministry that outlines their plan to replace or maintain buildings in the district.
Once again our maintenance and Information Technology Departments had full summers in making upgrades across the district. In addition to classroom renovations and upgrades there were also playgrounds that were installed The IT department was busy upgrading the operating systems on all district computers. The Board expressed appreciation for all the hard work these crews put in over the summer months to make sure our schools are ready for the return of students and staff in the fall.
Student Transportation Fund
Mrs. Darlene turner, Secretary treasured, and Ms. Tracey Syrota, Transportation Manager, updated the Board regarding the plan that will be submitted to the Ministry of Education in order to access funds intended to improve transportation services and safety. There have been two new bus runs added and extensions on other runs as well. Additionally, the plan calls for increased safety training and awareness campaigns. Staff are also looking for ways to reduce costs to schools for curricular and extracurricular travel with the intent that these savings with reduce the amount families pay for these activities.
2015/2016 Audited Financial Statements
Mrs. Turner presented the Audited Financial statements for the 2015/2016 school year which were the approved by the Board.
For further information please contact:
Eugene Marks, Assistant Superintendent
School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes)