Monthly Archives: January 2017

PAC Gaming Guidelines

The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development is responsibility for the Community Gaming Grants program, which provides grants to PACs and DPACs.

They have just published a Program Guidelines document for Community Gaming Grants, effective February 1, 2017.

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/sports-recreation-arts-and-culture/gambling/grants/guide-cgg.pdf

We encourage PACs to review the document, particularly the Prohibited use of funds for Parent Advisory Councils:

Grant funds may not be used to pay for goods or services that should be
provided by the school district for teachers to deliver curriculum or for students
to complete curriculum requirements. Materials that are not required in the
teaching or completion of curriculum, but which assist in doing so, such as
smart boards and other enhanced educational items, are also ineligible for
PAC funding.

Ineligible uses of PAC grant funds include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Curricular activities or purposes (for example, tablets and smart boards used
    in class);
  • Disbursements outside of the province unless approved in advance in writing
    by the branch;
  • Out-of-province travel, unless approved in advance by the branch;
  • Out-of-province or out-of-country aid;
  • Past debt, loan or interest payments;
  • Sustaining or endowment funds;
  • Extra lighting, curtains, props, etc. for in-school theatre/drama classes;
  • Replacing the gymnasium floor;
  • British Columbia Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils
    membership fees;
  • Teachers on call (to attend field trips to assist with supervision);
  • Staff luncheons; and/or
  • Professional development of staff.

 

Agenda Package for January 9, 2017 meeting

DRAFT Agenda

 

Web conferencing link: https://meetings.webex.com/collabs/#/meetings/detail?uuid=M7208TG2PT8N38QAMWHABGEQ1A-B8NT&rnd=739589.13272&expID=17600

If there is a problem with the webconference link, please text 250-981-1559. 

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, January 9, 2017, 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. 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 ( )
b) CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
c) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Richard Giroday)
d) Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Kelly Johansen)
e) Superintendent Report ( Marilyn Marquis-Forster )
f) Trustee Report (Bob Harris)
(5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)

5. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Gillian Burnett)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Sarah Holland)
c) BCCPAC Report

6. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) PAC Café – Saturday, February 25th, 11am to 2pm, Civic Centre, $5 admission
b) White Hatter Presentation (tentatively, April 12th)

7. Advising School District
a) Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon)
b) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report ( Gillian Burnett)
c) Policy and Governance (Mike Gagel)
d) Policies out for review – District Code of Student Conduct, Anti-smoking and vaping
e) Long Range Facility Plan – Communications to date
f) Enrollments, Projections and Capacity
g) Suggestions for School Board Report
8. Election – Secretary and Director positions

9. Other Business
a) Communicating Student Learning and Parent Engagement Opportunity to provide input at Ministry Community Meeting February 22nd, 2017

10. Agenda items for next meeting

11. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 6th, at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.

$50 million for new teachers while contract negotiations continue

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017EDUC0004-000015

Note from DPAC – the phrase “where it is feasible to do so” is used throughout the news release. 

B.C. students will soon benefit from an agreement reached with the BCTF to provide school districts with $50 million to immediately begin hiring teachers and improve student supports, Education Minister Mike Bernier announced today.

The funding is for the 2016-17 school year and is equivalent to compensation for approximately 1,100 teachers. The actual number of teachers hired will be determined by districts, local unions, and the hiring process.

The priority measures, outlined in a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed this week by the Province, the BC Public School Employers’ Association and the BCTF, are the first step in responding to the decision from the Supreme Court of Canada as negotiations continue on the restored collective agreement provisions.

The funding will go towards:

  • Hiring additional classroom teachers this school year where it is feasible to do so given current timetable, physical space and labour supply limitations.
  • Hiring additional specialty teachers this school year where it is feasible to do so. This includes, but is not limited to, teachers employed as special education teachers, speech language pathologists, behaviour intervention specialists, school psychologists, Aboriginal support teachers, counsellors including for mental health, ELL teachers, and teacher librarians.
  • Where it is not feasible to add additional teachers during the current school year, the funding may be used to fund district-level capacity building opportunities such as upgrading existing teacher qualifications during the 2016-17 year, teacher recruitment programs and teacher mentoring programs.

The priority measures MOA provides districts with the flexibility to work with their local teachers’ union to determine how best to use the funding to provide additional education services for students by hiring new teachers and specialist teachers.

The parties agreed in the last round of bargaining that they would reopen the agreement and negotiate from the restored contract provisions. The parties continue to meet and jointly review the old contract language as well as current district-level information on classrooms and composition. These negotiations will determine how to modernize the language so it reflects changes to classrooms that have taken place over the past 15 years.

Both sides are working collaboratively to ensure that the final agreement on the restored provisions will have a meaningful impact on student outcomes and working conditions for teachers into the future. In the meantime, the action announced by the B.C. government today is ensuring students benefit from enhanced learning environments now – while negotiations for a final agreement are underway.