School Board Budget Passes – News report

Board approval of the 2013-14 School District 57 budget was no rubber-stamp occasion.

Three of the seven trustees — Sharon Bourassa, Kate Cooke and Brenda Hooker — voted against passing the third and final reading of the budget at Tuesday’s public school board meeting.

The three dissenters had concerns the budgeting process did not include budgeting priorities arrived at by SD 57’s expanded committee of the whole, a representative group that includes trustees, senior administrators, teachers, parents, support staff, maintenance and clerical staff, aboriginal educators, and professional student services staff.

“I don’t believe that it did anything to address any of the input we received from partner groups,” said Bourassa. “We went through extreme measures to gather input and had some really good ideas and suggestions and there was nothing in there to reflect that in that budget bylaw. In my opinion, we should have incorporated more of the input we had received into the budget. The two areas that were fulfilled — the continuation of projects and leaving school-based budgets alone — were fulfilled by doing nothing.” Continue reading “School Board Budget Passes – News report”


The 2012/2013 school year is drawing to an end, and BCCPAC would like to remind you to renew your membership for this upcoming year!  Working together at the school, district, and provincial level, we can ensure parents are involved in the school system and able to provide valuable input for the best possible education for all children in the province of BC.

Click here to download and print the 2013/2014 Membership Application form.

More information on the benefits of membership – click here.

Did you know? BC Provincial Gaming Funds can be used to assist DPACs and PACs with their BCCPAC membership.  Many DPACs in the province assist local PACs with their BCCPAC membership fees and provide subsidies to conferences and events that promote parent education.  We would appreciate your support in encouraging your local PACs to be a part of our new membership year.  It’s more important than ever that we work to engage and involve parents in important discussions about public education in our province.  BCCPAC needs parents opinions, feedback, and ideas to help to ensure we are representing our parents message when meeting with partnership groups.

2013/2014 School Year.  It’s never too early to plan for the new school year.  BCCPAC executive have set the fall and spring conference dates and would like you to *save the date*.
BCCPAC Fall Conference: November 16th-17th, 2013  (location to be announced)
BCCPAC Spring Conference and AGM: May 23-25, 2014 (Metro Vancouver area)

Your BC Gaming Grant Application As a reminder, PACs and DPACs needs to submit a gaming grant application before the deadline of June 30th.  More details and the online application can be found here.
You can also find gaming grant information on the BCCPAC website here.

Comments?  We’d love to hear from you, for more information or to provide feedback, please contact our office at tel: 604-687-443, toll

Changes to SD57 Policy 8310 – Out for Public Input

On May 28, 2013, the Board of Education approved draft revisions to Policy 8310 (Policy and Policy Development) for distribution to reference groups.  Copies of the draft revised policy and the existing policy: 2013.05.29 Ref Groups re Draft Policy 8310
If you or your organization have any comments, concerns or suggestions about this policy, please forward them in writing to:
Wendy De Marsh, Executive Assistant
School District No. 57 (Prince George)
2100 Ferry Avenue
Prince George, BC   V2L 4R5


or e-mail:


or fax:         Wendy De Marsh at (250) 561-6820 or 561-6801

Agenda – June 3, 2013 General Meeting

In an effort to improve audio quality for attendees participating by computer, we have moved from the school district’s conference system to Webex.

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Agenda – DPAC General Meeting

Monday, June 3, 2013, 7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

1. Call to order
2. Adoption of agenda and Adoption of May 2013 Minutes
3. PAC Networking
To increase the effectiveness of this section of the agenda, we suggest that people report on ideas that may be of interest to other PACs, or concerns that other PACs could help with.
7:30pm – Partner groups enter
4. Partner Group Presentations (5 minutes each, maximum)
a) DSAC Report (Jay Khatra)
b) CUPE Report (Lorraine Prouse, Karen Wong)
c) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Matt Pearce, Tina Cousins)
d) Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Faith Mackay)
e) Professional Employees Association (Nicole Haines)
f) Superintendent Report (Brian Pepper)
g) Trustee Report (Kate Cooke)
(5 – 10 minute snack break)
5. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Gillian Burnett)

6. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) PAC Planner
b) Grants
c) Fall Conference – tentatively scheduled October 19, 2013

7. Advising School District
a) Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon)
b) EPPC Committee Report (Darlene Campbell)
c) Policy and Governance (Sarah Holland)
d) Expanded committee of the Whole (Gillian Burnett & Sarah Holland)
e) Suggestions for School Board Report

8. Other Business
9. Agenda items for next meeting
10. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 9th, 2013 at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.

Minutes – May 13, 2013

7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

DPAC Executive: Sarah Holland (Chair), Chris Finke (Vice Chair), Gillian Burnett (Treasurer), Darlene Campbell (District Associate) , Jacqueline Dockray (Director), Steve Shannon (Director) and Inge Culhane (Secretary)
Partner Groups: Brian Pepper, Superintendent; Kate Cooke, Trustee; Lorraine Prouse, C.U.P.E; Matt Pearce, PGDTA; Lori Dennill, PGPVPA;
School Reps: Jacqueline Dockray, College Heights Elementary; Chris Finke, DP Todd; Darlene Campbell, Duchess Park; Inge Culhane, Edgewood; Kim Shannon, Hart Highlands; Shauna Connor, Ecole Lac des Bois; Sarah Holland, Heather Park; Steve Shannon, Kelly Road; Gillian Burnett, Nukko Lake; Darlene Campbell, Nusdeh Yoh; Dennis Fudge, Spruceland; Barb Oke, Vanway; Ray Jacob, Morfee (on-line, Elluminate);

1. Adoption of Agenda – Ask Mr. Pepper about Kindergarten enrollment numbers (that have been released to the press) and why schools are chosen as election voting stations
Unanimous consent.

2. Adoption of April 8, 2013 Minutes
Adopted as circulated. Unanimous consent.

Continue reading “Minutes – May 13, 2013”

BCCPAC Provincial Election Party Survey

BCCPAC recently sent a series of questions to the four official parties that have candidates running in the upcoming BC provincial election.  Over the next few weeks we will be posting the responses we have received to these questions and look forward to having some of the thoughts and concerns of BC parents addressed in each party’s platform.


Green Party survey response click here.

Liberal party survey response click here.

NDP survey response click here.