No strike?! Tentative deal reached for CUPE’s public school education workers

RICHMOND, BC—The Canadian Union of Public Employees has reached a tentative Provincial Framework Agreement with the BC Public Schools Employers’ Association (BCPSEA). The Framework Agreement was unanimously endorsed by the CUPE BC K-12 Provincial Bargaining Sub-Committee and will be recommended to the CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council for endorsement.

Each CUPE union local will then take this provincial agreement to their respective tables with school districts to conclude collective bargaining.

“Over two years this agreement provides our members a total 3.5 percent wage adjustment, with no concessions,” said CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council Chair Colin Pawson. “We were also able to work with the employer on a pay direct drug card.”

“As well, the agreement recognizes the professional role of Education Assistants through formal changes to the School Act and collective agreements,” added Pawson.

– See more at:

BC Ministry of Education news release:

The framework provides for modest wage increases of 3.5 per cent over two years, funded from savings found within existing school district budgets, as required under the 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate.

Request for DPAC Funding for 2013/2014 School Year

Are you interested in your PAC receiving money from DPAC?

Request for Funding 2013 2014

Please complete the information on this form and submit via email to

Decisions on funding are made at general DPAC meetings, usually held on the first Monday of each month. Please submit the request at least one week in advance of the meeting. DPAC has a limited amount of money for grants, and may not be able to fund all requests. Cheques will not be issued until the event occurs, and a final invoice is available.

Use of funds:

  • Speaker Grants: up to $300 towards hiring speakers for PAC events
  • Family of Schools Grants: up to $200 contribution toward a joint event within a family of schools, serving to improve communication/interaction between schools
  • Anti-bullying Grant: up to $200 for PACs to promote anti-bullying in their school
  • BCCPAC Conference Attendance: an application may be made if there is any excess DPAC funding to pay for PAC parent attendance at BCCPAC conferences.

BCAA Dry Grad Challenge 2013

Grade 12 students have an opportunity to win up to $6000 for their school’s dry grad celebration. All they have to do is create and submit a 90 second video that speaks out against driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

This unique competition not only gives students a chance to win funds for their dry grad event, but it also gives them a chance to inspire their peers to make responsible choices and never drive while impaired.

Additionally, the first 75 eligible entries receive a FREE One Year Basic BCAA Membership gift certificate which can be used by the school towards dry grad fundraising events (e.g. as a door prize or draw prize).

Video submissions are accepted from September 9 – November 4, 2013 at 5 p.m.

Please pass this information on to your teachers, student council, dry grad committee members, parents, DPAC and PAC members.

Minutes – September 9 2013 Meeting

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 (Technical Director) and Inge Culhane (Secretary)
Partner Groups: Brian Pepper, Superintendent; Kate Cooke, Trustee; Karen Wong, C.U.P.E; Richard Giroday, Tina Cousins, PGDTA; Faith MacKay, PGPVPA;
School Reps: Jacqueline Dockray, College Heights Elementary; Chris Finke, DP Todd; Darlene Campbell, Duchess Park; Inge Culhane, Edgewood; Sarah Holland, Heather Park; Gina, Heather Park (on WebX); Ana Paterson, Highglen; Steve Shannon, Kelly Road; Shauna Connor, Ecole Lac Des Bois; Lotte Anderson, Nukko Lake; Darlene Campbell, Nusdeh Yoh; Sara-Lynn Harding, Peden Hill ; Michelle Rolfes, PGSS; Ryan Clarke, Quinson; Jennifer Hicke, Southridge; Dennis Fudge, Spruceland;

Absentee School Reps: Beaverly; Blackburn; Buckhorn; College Heights Secondary; Foothills; Giscome; Glenview; Hart Highlands; Harwin; Heritage; Hixon; Mackenzie Secondary; Malaspina; McBride Centennial; McBride Secondary; Morfee; Pineview; Pinewood; Ron Brent; Valemount Elementary; Valemount Secondary; Van Bien; Vanway; Westwood; Continue reading “Minutes – September 9 2013 Meeting”


An item that may be of particular interest to parents, is any public input required after changes have been made to a draft policy. Regulation #9 states that if changes have been made to the policy, as the result of the review, further input may be sought by the board. There is no requirement to seek further input, even if the changes are major changes.
Please note that although school district policy documents appear to be board policies throughout the entire document, the only section under the control of the board, and that would go out for public input, would be the Regulations section. Administrative procedures are put with the policies for ease of use, but are the jurisdiction of the Superintendent, and can be changed without 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

Reminder: Mayor's Task Force on Crime Deadline

As discussed by the Superintendent at Monday’s DPAC’s meeting:

Just a reminder to forward Crime Task Force Recommendation Feedback Forms to Wendy De Marsh by Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this important community direction.

Teacher Discipline Decisions

The Teachers Act is based on two foundational principles: the paramount nature of the public interest and transparency. The purpose of publishing discipline decisions is to provide the public with the confidence that educators who fail to meet the Standards are held accountable.

Disciplinary decisions are published publicly on this website:

As recently published in the Prince George Citizen, a teacher in SD57 – Morfee Elementary and Buckhorn Elementary – was disciplined. The decision can be found here:

Students and Self Regulation

Fascinating article:

Imagine students log rolling down the hallway as they move from their classroom to the library, or pedalling furiously on stationary spin bikes as they listen to their teacher.


These strategies and more are being used in a new educational initiative that is being implemented in several B.C. school districts, including Surrey, West Vancouver, Coquitlam and West Vancouver. Burnaby and Delta plan to join the initiative this year.


About 800 educators from across the province gathered in Surrey in late August to learn about the strategy of self-regulation, which is designed to help students, parents and educators understand the reasons why a child might be having trouble paying attention, ignoring distracters, inhibiting his impulses, modulating his emotions, and overall, maintaining a state of being calmly focused and alert.


Surrey School District’s superintendent Mike McKay is project director of the Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative, while Dr. Stuart Shanker, professor of Philosophy and Psychology at York University, has written a book about the practice and is a partner in the initiative. Shanker says the idea has taken off and that the entire country is watching B.C. educators to see the results.

Montessori School Bus Update

Parents at Highglen Montessori School in Prince George have been able to secure a bus for the coming school year.  The Education Society has signed a contract with Diversified Transportation to have a bus pick up and drop off students at the Highglen school for the year.  Education Society Chair Karen Stahl says it will cost parents $90 a month per student to ride the bus.
See more at:

See more on CKPG –