From an announcement today:
Lee Karpenko – Principal, Duchess Park Secondary
Steve MacRae – Principal, Kelly Road Secondary
Conrad Turner – Vice-Principal, Duchess Park Secondary
Shandee Whitehead – Vice-Principal, Kelly Road Secondary
Kap Manhas – Vice-Principal, Prince George Secondary
Parrish Child – Principal – Edgewood Elementary
Linda McGraw – Principal, Heritage Elementary
Anne Smith – Principal, Ecole Lac des Bois
Sid Jawanda – Principal, Peden Hill Elementary
Becky Easton – Vice-Principal, Heather Park Elementary
Shannon Daines – Vice-Principal, Heritage Elementary
Tracy Cole – Vice-Principal, Quinson Elementary
Angela Zummack – Vice-Principal, Van Bien Elementary
We wish all these administrators all the best in their new positions.
A step-by-step guide to resolution advocacy for parents who want to become better advocates for their children. This guide gives information on:
- details on how the school system works,
- outlines parent and students rights and responsibilities,
- provides strategies for advocating for children, and
- supports student self-advocacy
SD57 Steps for Problem Solving:
DPAC Minutes 2015 June 1
7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre
Sarah Holland (Chair), Rob Woods (Secretary), Gillian Burnett (Treasurer), Dennis Fudge, Darlene Campbell.
Karen Wong – CUPE 3742, Richard Giroday – PGDTA, Dan Watt (PGPVPA), Brian Pepper – Superintendent, Brenda Hooker – Trustee
School Reps: Chris Finke – DP Todd, Shauna Conner – Ecole Lac Des Bois, Mike Gagel – Southridge, Kim Shannon – Kelly Road, Michelle Rolfes – PGSS, Christine Kullman-Taylor – Edgewood, Candice Bate – Buckhorn, Charleen Henya – Nas de Yon, Adele Rouleau – Buckhorn
1. Call to order
2. Adoption of Agenda and Minutes
Agenda adopted as amended. Minutes adopted as presented.
3. PAC networking and discussion
a. The Montessori school is now called Polaris Montessori.
a. DSAC – not in attendance
b. CUPE (Karen Wong)
200 layoffs. 50% chose not to bump. Approximately 40 retiring. Currently awaiting postings.
c. PGDTA – Richard Giroday
i. From current president (Tina – by email). Thanks for opportunities to work with us. Looking forward to getting back to teaching.
ii. From Richard
1. Aproximately 28 retirements, 3 secondary teachers layed off.
2. Tough year, and off the normal rhythm.
d. PG Principal and Vice Principals Association (Dan Watt)
i. Video he planned for us is unavailable and will be posted on our site.
ii. Many elementary to high school transition activities happening this year.
e. Professional Employees Association – no attendee.
f. Superintendent Report – brain pepper.
i. See attached Report.
ii. 75 retiring
iii. Post-secondary opportunities coming. University transfer and trades.
iv. Speaker Yong Zhau on Aug 26 at vanier hall @ 7:00 pm.
v. Grad/Prom time. Hoping for safety and sensibility, and enjoyment, and fun and celebration.
vi. Q: Long range facility plan: Gut feeling of how much will become real recommendations? A: No simple answer. Many other possibilities that staff will look at. Work on structural deficit. Rarely do reports equal the final result.
vii. Q: Did consultants consult with staff. Yes, they did consult with many in the community. Consultants alsoused a report 5 years old as part of their information.
g. Trustee Report – Brenda Hooker.
i. Busy between budget, and strategic planning process. May 20+ meetings.
ii. Budget and Expanded Committee of the Whole process has been difficult. Using a surplus is not sustainable.
iii. Rural Education Committee – creating terms of reference. Hope to organize a rural forum for this fall.
iv. Minister’s forum on education June 15 – by invitation.
v. Looking at sustainability this fall to address the structural deficit.
vi. Look at accountability framework.
vii. Q: long range facility plan: Will there be parent input? A: Yes, it is just a plan, no decisions made yet. Will be broad consultation.
viii. Q. Rural Forum: Suggest Oct 23. Ministers will be here and DPAC conference on Oct 24th.
5. Elections – Director
a. Tabled until September – no one nominated.
6. Officer and Committee Reports
a. Executive board Report
i. Attached to agenda package
b. Treasurer’s report – see attached
c. BCCPAC Report(Dennis Fudge, Darlene Campbell)
i. Trying to involve more aboriginal parents.
ii. Money may be available for conference. Funding 4 conferences per year.
iii. Membership applications need to be in early Sept.
7. PAC and Parent Assistance
a. Grant Requests
i. No requests for this meeting.
b. Gary Anaka
i. Gary will be here Sept 24. He will be presenting on the Teenage brain. Tentatively located at Duchess Park. For students Grade 8-12
c. Fall Conference
i. Civic Centre is booked.
8. Advising School District
a. Long range facilities plan: Attached.
i. Additional Attachments
1. How they will be getting rid of surplus properties.
2. Conclusion and Recommendations
ii. Questions re Strong Start and numbers. i.e. 95% capacity, how does that work with a strong start needing a room.
iii. Gillian: Suggest we seek parent input now, and possibly a committee now.
iv. Possible Actions:
a. Gillian, Sarah, Dennis, Steve, Shawna, Darlene, Mike.
2. Try to get parent feedback asap.
3. A DPAC unified position should be documented. Do not take position on which schools to close.
4. Create a summary per school (1 page).
5. Gillian will set up a schedule for the committee.
Form a committee to agree upon SD57 DPAC position regarding long range facility plan.
b. Education services committee report.
c. Education programs and planning committee report
ii. Dual Credit with UNBC:
1. Q: where would the classes take place? A: At UNBC, some during the day.
d. Policy and governance
i. Whistleblower policy did not include parents.
e. Suggestions for school board report
i. Next school board meeting is June 23rd.
ii. Mention that we are striking committee to discuss Long range facilities plan
9. Other Business
To remove Chris Finke as a signing authority on the District Parent Advisory Council No. 57 Prince George bank account.
To add Dennis Fudge as a signing authority on the District Parent Advisory Council No. 57 Prince George bank account.
a. Gift to Rob Woods in appreciation for taking Secretary role.
b. Gift to Chris for years of service.
10. Agenda items for next meeting
11. Adjourned at 9:25 pm. Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sep 14 at 7:00 PM, Van Bien.
Summer Camp Flyer
Please find (attached) the City of Prince George Summer Camp Flyer. This flyer lists many of the great opportunities for camps, programs and activities that kids can participate in over their summer holidays. Some of the organizations that are hosting summer programs include the YMCA of Northern BC, Exploration Place, The PG Public Library, Two Rivers Gallery, Les Cercle des Canadiens Francais, and many more!
Please feel free to share this flyer with your students, parents, staff and administration in your school. Attaching this flyer to your monthly school newsletter is a great way to get the information out to student’s families. You are also welcome to post this flyer on your school websites.
The flyer is also available on the City of Prince George website at: www.princegeorge.ca/cityliving/recreation/YouthPrograms so please share this link in newsletters and on websites.
Thank you so much for your time in sharing this resource with your school.
Please feel free to contact me for any further information.
Community Coordinator, City of Prince George
Secretary Treasurer Allan Reed presented a long range facility plan to the Board of Education at its regular meeting held May 26, 2015. The plan was prepared by third-party consultant Cascades Facilities Management Ltd. Each school district in the province is required to develop and maintain a comprehensive school district facilities plan in accordance with the Ministry of Education’s Five Year Capital Plan Policy.
Click here to see the report.
Click here for an FAQ.
Click here to read the news release.
Notice to Members
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Regarding: Bill 11
BCCPAC had the opportunity this past weekend to gather in Burnaby with parent representatives from across British Columbia at the Annual General Meeting for 2015. Throughout the weekend and in a special meeting of the “Committee of the Whole” the recently tabled Bill 11 was discussed. Overall, parents represented at the meeting recognized the need for changes to School Planning Councils, and they are hopeful for the possibility of increased training for BC’s teachers through professional development. Our parents continue to ask for more training and support to be offered to teachers and support staff around students’ special needs, upcoming changes to the BC Education Plan, new and developing technologies, and exciting techniques in delivery of curriculum.
Parents also indicated however much hesitation around the introduction of such a large and unsettling piece of legislation that could hold many implications for our education system, without much indication as to what will replace the many sections repealed from the School Act. We look forward to continued engagement with government and other education partners to ensure that the concerns of parents, and above all the needs of our students, remain a top priority for all partner groups while consultations around the enactment of regulations for Bill 11 continue.
Parents are hopeful that the important partnership that was mandated by School Planning Councils could be broadened and deepened. We would like to see all school partners brought together to also include teachers and support staff as well as parents and administration to continue the meaningful engagement that was originally the focus of SPC’s. Our members are also optimistic that in a climate of open dialogue and collaboration with the Ministry, concerns that were also shared around the need for protection of student data will be recognized and resolved before Bill 11 is passed in the Legislature.
For additional information please contact Nicole Makohoniuk via 778-870-3547 or email@example.com