School board meeting – items of interest

At the school board meeting of June 28th, the board decided to start processes to:
  • consider reassignment of Edgewood Elementary from the Duchess Park catchment to the Kelly Road catchment
  • enter a consultation process to consider the co-location of McBride Centennial Elementary to McBride Secondary
  • engage in a consultation process to consider a change in the grade configuration in Mackenzie, from K-7 and 8-12 to K-6 and 7-12

A consultation process was called for in the motion for McBride and Mackenzie, but not for the motion for Edgewood, although the board did speak about a consultation process to allow for input from parents and the community.

The board also approved radon screen in all schools, beginning in August 2016. The kits will be retrieved December 2016, and a report will be provided to the Education Services Committee in spring 2017.

The board also noted they are working on testing for lead in water.


The minutes of this board meeting typically would be expected to be available in September, but the agenda is available here:

Guiding Principles for the Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

With the removal of School Planning Councils, we are still working towards a new accountability framework for education.

The district has published an “interconnected planning” among SD57 education partners on their website – note that in October, school plans are to be submitted after “consultation with parents”.

Consult with your principal as to what this consultation will look like in the new school year.

Ministry of Education – Enhancing Student Learning

planning timeline

PACs and Gaming Grants

If your PAC does not appear on the list below, then as of Monday, June 27th, at 7:30am, your PAC has not yet applied for your gaming grant for the 2016/17 school year – and the deadline is June 30th.

This grant is for $20 per student (the previous year’s student numbers), and can be spent only on extra curricular activities.

You can apply here:

If you have any questions, the gaming people are always wonderful to deal with – they want the students to benefit from this money.

  • Hixon Elementary School Parent Advisory Council
  • McBride Secondary School
  • Blackburn Elementary School PAC
  • Buckhorn Elementary P.A.C.
  • Centre For Learning Alternatives PAC
  • College Heights Elementary School PAC
  • College Heights Secondary School PAC
  • DP Todd Secondary School PAC
  • Duchess Park Secondary School P.A.C.
  • Ecole Heather Park Elementary School PAC
  • Edgewood Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Foothills Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Glenview Elementary PAC
  • Hart Highlands P.A.C.
  • Harwin Elementary School P.A.C.
  • Heritage Elementary P.A.C.
  • Highglen Montessori Elementary School PAC
  • Kelly Road Secondary School PAC
  • Lac des Bois PAC
  • Nukko Lake Elementary School PAC
  • Pineview Parents Advisory Council
  • Quinson Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Ron Brent Elementary School P.A.C.
  • Southridge Elementary School PAC
  • Spruceland Traditional Elementary School PAC
  • Westwood Elementary School P.A.C.

BC Government adds last minute funding for rural schools faced with closure

“To help rural schools in British Columbia stay open, Premier Christy Clark announced a new Rural Education Enhancement Fund today.

Districts outside Greater Victoria, the Lower Mainland, and Kelowna will be able to apply for ongoing provincial funding that recognizes the unique challenges faced in keeping schools open in rural communities.

The amount of funding districts will be eligible for is to be equal to their expected savings from closing the school. Districts would be able to apply annually for Rural Education Enhancement Funding if they meet the following criteria:

  • In a rural community or sub-community outside Greater Victoria, the Lower Mainland, and Kelowna areas with a population less than 15,000;
  • Closure would eliminate specific grades within the community;
  • Funding is used to keep the school open; and
  • Closures due to facility condition or extreme enrolment decline are not included.


 From the Vancouver Sun:
“The premier said only trustees can decide if the cash — which will be permanent annual funding but comes well after most districts have already finalized their budgets — is enough to prevent facilities from closure.

“Ultimately, they are locally elected,” she said of school board trustees. “We can’t make them take the money. But we hope that they will.”

The Liberal government is in the midst of a flurry of education spending announcements as it prepares for the May 2017 provincial election, in which education funding is expected to be a key concern.

The issue of rural school closures has sparked a grassroots backlash in some communities against Liberal MLAs, who face the prospect of angry voters at the polls.

As she announced the money, Clark sought to credit her rural MLAs, such as Cariboo North’s Coralee Oakes, for convincing her to save the rural schools. Oakes, who is Clark’s minister of small business, won the riding in 2013 from an NDP incumbent by a slim margin, and the Liberals are hoping to hold the swing riding next year as well.”
Sarah’s editorial comment:

Given that school boards in various parts of the province have already voted to close schools and have organized for September based on different structures, it is unclear if those affected boards will be able to drastically change their plans, given the short time until the end of the school year, especially given that this is non-guaranteed and possibly non-continuing funding.

North Okanagan-Shuswap School Board Fired by Government

“Members of the North Okanagan-Shuswap school board have been fired by the British Columbia government over financial troubles and a loss of public confidence.

The dismissal comes with the release of a special advisory report saying the board transferred $10 million from its operating surplus funds to pay for projects such as the construction of a new school district office.

The report noted three of the nine trustees had already handed in their notices of resignation and that board meetings had degenerated to the point where there was little decorum hampering business.

It also said the board lacked the skills for operational oversight. There was no financial expertise, trust among trustees was lacking, as was the perceived transparency.”

The report makes interesting reading:

For example, the consultant’s review included interviews with a broad range of stakeholders, and some descriptions of the board’s functioning included dysfunctional, disrespectful, frustrating, a zoo, and a gong show.

Some recommendations are meant to be taken by all boards, and include (among many other recommendations):

  •  Unless there is a clearly sensitive matter for discussion involving only the Trustees (e.g., staff performance evaluations, potential litigation, Board governance assessments), Board business should be conducted in a public setting.
  • Recent Board meetings have been well attended, and many questions have been asked from constituents. We understand the Trustees have not always responded directly to those questions, and that on occasion insensitive comments/reactions may have been made. Protocol should be established to ensure that all questions are responded to fully and with proper intent. At times, meeting timelines may not always allow for sufficient time to properly respond to all questions. In these situations, alternate mechanisms  should be established to ensure adequate responses are provided in response to the public’s questions.

BCCPAC Board Portfolios

Passing on this update from BCCPAC…

June 14, 2016

Your Board has established a structure of portfolios to manage key areas of our operations. The Director in charge of each portfolio will organize committees and/or working groups as needed. It is our hope to that this structure will create more opportunities for you to participate in BCCPAC affairs.
If you have already signed our volunteer list, you will be contacted in the near future. If you are interested in becoming involved, sign up using the 2016 Volunteer Form and let us know what area interests you.
Here are the portfolios with the Directors in charge:

  • Membership and Events – Kendra Mann
  • Management – Gord Byers
  • Resolutions and Advocacy – Tracy Wright and Karen Nordquist
  • Communications – John Bird
  • Leadership Development – Jen Mezei
  • Governance Processes – Shelley Courtney
  • Cultural Affairs – Darlene Campbell

Administrative appointments

The Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Nevio Rossi, currently principal of Harwin Elementary School, to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Schools effective August 1, 2016.

The Board of Education is pleased to announce the following appointments effective August 1, 2016:

Randy Halpape, Principal, CHSS
Faith MacKay, Principal, D.P. Todd

Lisa Norman, Vice Principal, CLA
Sarah Petrisor, Vice Principal, DP Todd
Monique Engert, Vice Principal, CHSS
Stephanie Davies, Vice Principal, Duchess Park Secondary
Curtis Macdonald, Vice Principal, KRSS

Kap Manhas, District Principal Transportation (To December 31, 2016)
Sid Jawanda, District Principal Transportation (Effective January 1, 2017)

Craig Brennan, Principal, Blackburn/Giscome Elementary
Anjula Corbin, Principal, College Heights Elementary
Tom Makowski, Principal, Glenview Elementary
Linda McGraw, Principal, Harwin Elementary
Linda Picton, Principal, Heritage Elementary
Deanna Hood, Principal, Malaspina Elementary
Becky Easton, Principal, Nukko Lake Elementary
Tim Yule, Principal, Polaris Montessori
Lori Dennill, Principal, Quinson Elementary
Karin Paterson, Principal, Spruceland Traditional
Steve Dalla Lana, Principal, Westwood Elementary

Stephanie Coates, Vice Principal, Heather Park Elementary School
Kristy Greenfield, Vice Principal, Heritage Elementary
Joelle Withey, Vice Principal, Spruceland Traditional

Career Technical Centre

DPAC received a presentation tonight from Kap Manhas, Bruce Northrop, Erin Thomas, and Doug Borden on the Career Technical Centre.

This provides opportunities for students to graduate high school with one year of college already completed, earn while they learn with secondary school apprenticeships, and other work experience.

There’s programs such as Trade 4 a day & tours, fire rescue, RCMP youth academy, MedLab, health care, and much much more! There was also some interesting discussion of areas where they’re going to be going into elementary schools.

The staff would be very pleased to discuss any questions parents may have:

or call 250-564-3121

Agenda – June 6, 2016 General Meeting

Webconference – attend online:

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, June 6th, 2016, 7:00 p.m., Van Bien Training Centre
1. Call to order
2. Adoption of agenda and Adoption of Minutes
3. PAC Networking and discussion (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. Doug Borden, Coordinator, Career Technical Centre, CNC
5. Partner Group Presentations (five minutes each – questions may be taken about general topics, detailed and specific questions are best kept to the break)
a) District Student Advisory Council (Josh Nycholat )
b) CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
c) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Richard Giroday)
d) Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Dan Watt)
e) Superintendent Report ( Sharon Cairns )
f) Trustee Report (Brenda Hooker)
(5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)
6. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Gillian Burnett & Sarah Holland)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Sarah Holland & Gillian Burnett)
c) BCCPAC Report
7. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Grant requests
b) FoodSafe scheduling – 2016/17 year?
c) PAC Café – January 28th, February 4th or 25th?
d) Conference – November 5, 2016?
8. Advising School District
a) Report – Assistant Superintendent Job Interview Panel
b) Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon)
c) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report ( Mike Gagel)
d) Policy and Governance (Sarah Holland)
e) Facilities planning
f) Strategic Plan
g) Suggestions for School Board Report
9. Election – Director position

10. Other Business
a) Buddy Benches – possible presentation by Myrna Lemke in September
b) Education Sustainability – possible presentation by Jody Holmes in October
c) Curriculum changes
d) Next year’s schedule of meetings
11. Agenda items for next meeting
12. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 12, at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.

Gaming Grants for PACs

PACs can apply for gaming grants for their students, of $20 per student, and the deadline is June 30th.

There are a variety of criteria for how these funds can be spent, as listed on their website:


As of May 31, 2016, the following PACs from this district have applied for the grant:

  • Blackburn Elementary School PAC
  • Buckhorn Elementary P.A.C.
  • College Heights Secondary School PAC
  • Ecole Heather Park Elementary School PAC
  • Foothills Elementary Parent Advisory Council
  • Hart Highlands P.A.C.
  • Highglen Montessori Elementary School PAC
  • Lac des Bois PAC
  • Nukko Lake Elementary School PAC
  • Southridge Elementary School PAC
  • Westwood Elementary School P.A.C.

If your PAC isn’t on this list, don’t forget to apply!