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EDUCATION: Board hears from Christina Lake parents

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Christina Lake parents made up a large part of the delegations before the School District 51 board of trustees meeting on Tuesday, June 12. They emphasized their displeasure at the proposed middle school plan that would drop enrollment at their elementary school by over 30 students. 

Along with some voices against the proposed changes, some of those present were not so convinced a middle school is a bad option.

Watch the video by Les Johnson of GFTVCA to hear their opinions and go to his channel to see the rest of the meeting!

GFSS 2012 Grads say a fond farewell

Valedictorians Kara Plotnikoff and Evan Laudrum gave a humourous and upbeat speech about the future during the GFSS Graduation ceremonies at the Grand Forks Arena on Saturday, June 16. Photo Erin Perkins.

The 81 graduates of the Grand Forks Secondary School bid a fond farewell to their childhood and gazed excitedly into a promising future during the commencement ceremonies, Saturday, June 16.

The Grand Forks Arena was packed with family, friends and well wishers as the excited and dazzlingly dressed students paraded on to risers to receive their hard-earned diplomas.

The "mobile generation" as SD 51 director of instruction Maxine Ruzicka called them during her speech, will know no limits in what they can do and dream.

Labour board rules teachers can withdraw from extracurricular activities, but must attend meetings

Labour board rules teachers can withdraw from extracurricular activities, but must attend meetings

The B.C. Labour Relations Board has ruled Friday that public teachers in the province do not need to participate in extracurricular activities as part of labour dispute with the government.

However, the B.C. Teachers Federation must instruct its members to participate in parent-teacher meetings and other school meetings.

In a release on the Labour Relations website the board said:

US: Grieving father struggles to pay dead son’s student loans

Francisco Reynoso, with his wife Silvia and daughter Evelyn in the background, co-signed for his son's student loans. When his s

By Marian Wang in ProPublica.

A few months after he buried his son, Francisco Reynoso began getting notices in the mail. Then the debt collectors came calling.

"They would say, 'We don't care what happened with your son, you have to pay us,'" recalled Reynoso, a gardener from Palmdale, Calif.

Hutton students hitting storm drains with fish stencils

Yellow fish will be appearing alongside Grand Forks storm drains on Wednesday, June 20.

Painted yellow fish will be appearing on the streets of Grand Forks next week during an environmental project being done by Amy Perry's Grade 4 and 5 Hutton Elementary School class.

On Wednesday, June 20 her class will be painting bright yellow fish alongside the storm drains of Grand Forks streets as part of the national Yellow Fish Road Program.

Clean, Drain, Dry will help prevent the spread of zebra mussels into the Kootenays

Clean, Drain, Dry will help prevent the spread of zebra mussels into the Kootenays

Clean. Drain. Dry. These simple steps will prevent zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species from spreading into the waterways of the Kootenays.

Aquatic invasive species, such as zebra mussels, Eurasian water-milfoil and New Zealand mudsnails have devastating impacts where they are introduced. They can ruin fishing and recreational opportunities, alter aquatic habitat for plants and animals, and block water intake structures for hydro power.

Selkirk College successfully opens the Aboriginal Gathering Place in Castlegar

Selkirk College successfully opens the Aboriginal Gathering Place in Castlegar

In June of 2010 Selkirk College marked the beginning of construction on their Castlegar campus Aboriginal Gathering Place with a ceremonial blessing and ground breaking. On May 24, 2012 they celebrated the official opening of the facility with over 100 invited guests in attendance.

Clean air day a chance for everyone to think about air quality

Open burning in the Grand Forks valley; Photo, Mona Mattei

Individual action to protect the air and reduce greenhouse gases is the focus of Clean Air Day, which is on Wednesday, Jun. 6 this year.

Clean Air Day started out as a B.C. event in 1992, but has since become a national day. B.C. and Canada face several serious air quality and environmental issues, such as smog, fine particulates, ozone depletion and global climate change.

Grand Forks parents have mixed feelings on proposed Middle School

More than 100 parents and grandparents attended the School Districts' second public forum about the middle school concept at Perley Elementary School in Grand Forks on Wednesday, May 23. Photo Erin Perkins.

Discussions for a proposed middle school were nearly as polarized as the deer issue in Grand Forks during the second School District 51 public forum held at Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary School, Wednesday, May 23.

School consultation process opens with a difficult meeting

School consultation process opens with a difficult meeting

A crowd of angry, protective Christina Lake parents, grandparents and community members told the school board to leave their school alone last week.

School District 51 started a community input process with an opening meeting in Christina Lake Elementary School last Wednesday, May 16 to explore a proposal to develop middle schools in the east and west Boundary. But last week's presentation barely got underway before interjections telling the board to leave well enough alone.

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