Wednesday, January 23, 2019

SD52 sets Budget Consultation dates; seeks feedback on calendar options for next three years

The members of the School District 52 Board of Education held their first meeting for 2019 last week, tackling a range of topics and setting in motion the clock on Budget Consultations for the year ahead.

The meeting which took place on January 15th approved a schedule for consultation which will start in February and come to an end with the Board vote on the Budget set for early April.

Along the way the dates for parents/guardians, students and teachers to keep in mind are as follows:

Tuesday, February 5 -- Public Information Meeting ant Talking Circle Consultation at 7 PM at the CHSS Multi Purpose Room

Tuesday, February 19 -- Individual meetings with partner groups; 7PM at the School Board Office

Monday, February 25 -- Deadline for budget submissions at the School Board Office

Monday, March 11 -- Report back to the public on input received and Ministry Funding at 7PM at the CHSS Multi-Purpose Room

Tuesday, April 9 -- SD52 Board meeting to approve budget at 7PM in the School Board Office.

The Board also provided a glimpse at the two options for School Calendars for the next three years, outlining the options for the public to consider for the 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-2022 school years.

The main focus of the two options is whether there should be a one or a two week Spring Break and towards that. the two week option dates include:

2019-2020 -- Spring break proposed for March 16-27

2020-2021 -- Spring Break proposed for March 15-26

2021-2022 -- Spring Break proposed for March 21-31

You can review each of the calendar options here.

Other notes covered in the January 15th session found Board members receiving an update on the most recent data on School completion rates.

The findings from the 2017-18 School years indicated that SD52 hosts a 62% completion rate for Aboriginal students, with an 81 percent completion rate for Non Aboriginal Students.

District officials noted that those results are comparable to those that were found in 2016-17.

The Board also heard two presentations on recent events at District Schools, with students and staff from Lax Keen Elementary School providing a glimpse into a school project which saw them make lunch boxes out of recycled materials.

Presenting to the Board were Principal Susan Kobza and students Rebecca Angus, Sophia Donaldson and Madeline Niesh.

Board Chair James Horne made note of some of the ingenuity that was used in the project.

"The Board has been supporting hands on projects with students for many years. It was exciting to see students' ingenuity in using these materials and their lack of nerves when presenting their projects for the Board."

As well, the board heard from Superintendent Irene LaPierre, who spoke towards a District Literacy Intervention Plan which was kicked off in January.

As part of the launch, Barb McBride a retired teacher from the Vancouver School Board was on a tour of local schools hosting sessions designed to help struggling readers improve their reading abilities.

The Board also voted to change the date of the February Board Meeting to February 11th, that to allow for travel requirements for the Board Chair and Secretary Treasurer.

You can review the SD52 notes on their January session here.

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