Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Playgrounds, timetables, Safe places all part of SD52 Board meeting overview

The notes of the May 8th Board of Education meeting covered  a range of topics as the School Board membership begins to wind down its duties for the current school year.

The ingenuity of local students was in the spotlight for this month, as four students from Prince Rupert Schools in attendance to discuss their projects in the recent Science Fair and Bridge Building event with Maria Levkovystka from CHSS, Cameron Sawka from PRMS and Samanthan Alvarzez and Witayanee Pimwong both of Roosevelt providing some background on their projects for the event and the benefits that the competition brought to their studies.

One of the four, Miss Levkovsystka will be taking her project on complex systems on to Ottawa for the Canada Wide Science Fair taking place this week in Ottawa. Board Chair Tina Last took note of that achievement and observed of the Board's enthusiasm for the local events that challenge local students.

“The Board was very pleased to hear that Maria Levkovystka will be attending the Canada Wide Science Fair in Ottawa with her project examining complex systems,” ... “We are pleased to be supporting these events that provide opportunities for students to explore their passions, and we offer our thanks to Mr. Scott for his work organizing these events.”

Students at Charles Hays Secondary will be working with an expanded school timetable and trimester program in 2018-19 with the school set to move from the current 8 block process that of a 15 block trimester timetable.

The result will see most courses split into two parts, a shift that the Board believes will improve student success and accommodate a number of new provincial course offerings which are 2 credit in nature instead of the standard four credit courses.

Charles Hays students will also participate in flex courses, programs which will count towards the new 8 credits in career education that are required by the province.

As part of the new timetable program the Board has approved two new courses for the school to start in September, they include  Flex 10, Flex 11, Flex 12 and Career Life Connections 11

The Safe Place program in Prince Rupert received approval from the School Board to have Safe Place Stickers posted in District Schools and Offices, providing for shelter in response to incidents of crime, bullying or harassment. The program was introduced to Prince Rupert through the efforts of the Prince Rupert RCMP and the Gay Straight Alliance club at Charles Hays Secondary and their sponsor Christine Danroth.

More background on the Safe Place program can be reviewed here.

The Board also outlined the plans from the Province of British Columbia to establish a new playground at Conrad Elementary School, which has been awarded funding of 105,000 to construct accessible playground equipment. The Board noted that the playground equipment must be purchased and installed by March 31st of next year.

Some background on the playground replacement program can be found from our blog item of last week.

The Board will have one final meeting for the current school year set for June, the current roster of Board members will see their term of office expire later this fall when the community will go to the voting booth in October.

That School Board election will provide opportunity to fill the long vacant seat on the Board of Education which has remained empty since Judy Carlick-Pearson resigned her position in the fall of 2015.

More background on items of interest from School District 52 can be found here.

To compare the themes of education on the North Coast from the rest of the Northwest and in South East Alaska see our regional archive page here.

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