Education

Grad will go on, track meet won't for Boundary schools

School District 51 superintendent Michael Strukoff has worked with district principals to save grad ceremonies during the teachers's recent withdrawal of extracurricular activities. Photo Erin Perkins.

Graduation ceremonies in both Grand Forks Secondary School (GFSS) and Boundary Central Secondary School (BCSS) will go on as planned, despite the teachers's withdrawal of extracurricular activities, said School District 51 superintendent Michael Strukoff.

After the B.C. Teachers's Federation announced that as of Monday, April 23 teachers would not be volunteering their time for extracurricular actvities as part of their nine point resistance strategy for Bill 22, Strukoff and school principals met to discuss their strategies.

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Selkirk College 2012 grads

photo by Colin Payne

Selkirk College held its graduation ceremonies last week and extends congratulations to all its new alumni.

Teachers withdrawal help with grad, sports teams starting this week

Boundary District Teachers's Association president Norm Sabourin says as of today, Monday, April 23, teachers will no longer be volunteering their time planning for grad ceremonies, coaching sports teams or heading up the spring concerts. Photo Erin Perkins.

Teacher involvement in graduation plans, spring concerts and team sports will come to an end this week.

Teachers took a province-wide vote late last week about the new B.C. Teachers's Federation's (BCTF) nine point resistance strategy for Bill 22. The province's 41,000 teachers voted 73 per cent in favour of the yet-to-be revealed strategy and officially began their plan of action Monday, April 23.

B.C. teachers vote 'yes' for Bill 22 opposition strategy

B.C. teachers vote 'yes' for Bill 22 opposition strategy

Ed Note: The following is a press release issued by the B.C. Teachers' Federation

A decisive 73 per cent of teachers have voted in favour of a resistance strategy to oppose Bill 22, the controversial Education Improvement Act.  In a province-wide vote conducted April 17–19, a total of 21,625 teachers voted yes and 7,846 voted no.

BCTF President Susan Lambert characterized the result as a strong vote of confidence in the action plan crafted by delegates to the BCTF’s Annual General Meeting in March.

Education Board balances budget despite declining enrollment and funds

Months of meetings for the Board of Education resulted in a balanced budget for School District 51. Photo Erin Perkins.

The School District 51 Board of Education managed to balance a budget, which began with a $600,732 shortfall.

On Thursday, April 12 the school board held a public finance meeting to discuss the budget's inner workings but only one member of the public showed up.

This year the district had to find a way to make up for a projected $600,732 shortfall to balance the budget. The shortfall was mainly due to a 1.5 per cent decrease in provincial funding and a projected enrollment decline of 51 students.

Rick Hansen to attend juvenile sturgeon release

Rick Hansen to attend juvenile sturgeon release

This year’s annual juvenile white sturgeon release, hosted by the Upper Columbia White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative (UCWSRI), promises to be extra-special. The free public event will be opened by long-time sturgeon advocate, celebrated athlete, and Canada’s “Man in Motion,” Rick Hansen. The event, at Hugh Keenleyside Dam (south-west side) near Castlegar on Monday April 23rd, starts at noon and runs through until 3.00 p.m. Rick is scheduled to be on site until 1.00 p.m.

School Board exploring middle school option, school calendar changes

Grand Forks's Perley Elementary school could become a middle school by September 2013. The School Board is exploring this and other options at their upcoming public forums starting in May.

Parents and the community will have an opportunity to weigh in on the new B.C. Education Plan, the possibility of a new middle school, class sizes, specialty programs and even a possible adjustment to the school calendar during the School District 51 Board of Education's Community Consultation evenings beginning next month.

One of the main issues the board would like input on is a proposed middle school.

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