Chair's Updates

Message from the Chair – June 2017

June is suddenly upon us!  This year has sped by, but not without lots of learning and great achievements by students and staff at all levels in our district!

At the June 14 Board meeting Superintendent Bocking presented the new Report on Student Achievement.  In the past, this report has been done in print and submitted to the Ministry of Education every summer.  Now with a new on line format with lots of video testimonials, it can be updated throughout the year as new exciting programs are proceeding and the approved report will be submitted each June.  Please check our to see the latest in student learning in our district.













The June meeting also saw the board pass the annual budget for 2017/18 and a capital plan for next year as well.  Both these documents can be found on our website.  Let us know if you have any questions on our funding or capital priorities.

Huge congratulations to all the graduates this year and we hope everyone enjoys the celebrations at the end of June.  Best wishes to all students and staff for a wonderful summer of continued learning. We look forward to welcoming you back in September.


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Message from the Chair - October 2016

Message from the Chair – October 2016

It was a pleasure to have an update at our October 12 Board meeting that our schools are rapidly moving to be models of sustainability.  Many are having "Garbology" days for students to learn how to recycle and reduce waste. In fact, West Sechelt Elementary leads the group in going "garbage free.” That means taking home reusable lunch containers and no garbage creation! Congratulations, students and staff of West Sechelt Elementary School.  What a great way to model the future!

Several schools are also in the final stages of creating community gardens. This has been a goal both for partnerships and enhanced student learning for many years.  Davis Bay Elementary will soon have a greenhouse for gardening, whatever the weather. More evidence of excellent practice in our schools.

An important item for all to review is our draft Long Range Facility Plan (LRFP).  It is now available and was first discussed at the September Operations Committee meeting. The Board hopes to adopt the plan very soon as it will guide our facility decisions for many years. Highlights are the demographic trends showing a shortage of school space in West Sechelt, especially, and some space available in both the Pender Harbour area and Gibsons and surrounding areas.  Our top two priorities for capital upgrades are West Sechelt Elementary School and the Sunshine Building in Sechelt.  In applications to the Ministry regarding capital replacement or upgrading, these two facilities will be our focus.  The LRFP is available on our website.  We urge the community to read it and let us know your thoughts.


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