Kootenay Lake School Board rubber stamps school closure with third reading of Facilities Draft Plan

Members of the Kootenay Lake School Board, from left, Dawn Lang, Village of Kaslo; Sharon Nazaroff, Slocan Valley; Heather Suttie, Creston; Chairperson Lenora Trenaman; Kim Morris Secretary/Treasurer and Jeff Jones, Superintendent of Schools, passed its Facilities Draft Plan Tuesday night during a meeting at the L.V. Rogers Gymnasium. — Brendan Quinn, The Nelson Daily

After months of discussion, reports and meetings covering the entire Kootenay Lake School District, the Board conducted third reading of its Facilities Draft Plan on Tuesday night, a meeting that rubber-stamped the closure of several schools.

Despite a power outage and several attempted amendments, the Board carried motions surrounding the closing of schools, including Yahk Elementary by June 30, 2017.

“Zero enrolment has made this a necessity,” said Heather Suttie, trustee for Creston.

New Chemistry Labs at Selkirk College a Catalyst for Learning

Selkirk College’s two chemistry labs saw a major upgrade this year. With $875,000 invested in the labs that dated back to the original construction of the college, they offer a more inviting learning environment with enhanced safety and capacity for a growing student body. The Selkirk College maintenance crew who helped make it happen gathered with faculty and administration to mark the achievement. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Chemistry is a hands-on discipline and with newly renovated state-of-the-art labs opening this spring at Selkirk College, students enter an exciting new era of learning.

The two old chemistry labs on the Castlegar Campus were well-maintained and functional, but dated back 50 years to the original construction of the college. They were in dire need of a renovation and now with $875,000 invested in the labs, learning is enhanced and a safe, inviting environment welcomes students.

Grand Forks and Castlegar students win Interfor scholarship

Grand Forks and Castlegar students win Interfor scholarship

Nine British Columbia students have received $2,000 each this year through Interfor Corporation’s Dal Shemko Memorial Scholarship to help them achieve their academic and career goals.

LETTER: Osoyoos Secondary doors to stay open

LETTER: Osoyoos Secondary doors to stay open

Editor's Note: Osoyoos' only secondary school was scheduled to be closed due to cutbacks. The 2015-16 school year was to be it's last. 

As the MLA for Boundary-Similkameen, I am proud that Osoyoos Secondary School has received the funding required from the provincial government to keep its doors open this fall and in coming years, thanks to the efforts of our hard working community.

Selkirk College Welcomes Hospitality Industry Powerhouse to Faculty

Selkirk College will welcome David MacGillivray to the School of Hospitality & Tourism in the Fall Semester. The industry veteran will arrive to Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus after spending 35 years at some of Canada’s most well-known luxury hotels. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

After more than 35 years on the floor of one of the world’s most recognized hotel chains, David MacGillivray is bringing his wealth of knowledge and experience to Selkirk College.

This autumn, Selkirk College welcomes MacGillivray to its faculty as a new full-time instructor for the Resort & Hotel Management (RHOT) and Post Graduate Hospitality Management programs.

“The timing was right for me to make the next step in my career. It seemed right on so many levels,” says MacGillivray.

Sweet Music — Winlaw, Jewett Elementary schools saved from closure

The crowd listened carefully during the Kootenay Lake School District Special Open Meeting to discuss the School Closure Bylaw Tuesday at the L.V. Rogers High School Gymnasium. — Brendan Quinn, The Nelson Daily

It’s official: Winlaw and Jewett Elementary schools will continue to operate despite initial predictions of potential closure.

Thanks in part to a funding grant from the province, Winlaw Elementary, located in the Slocan Valley, will remain open for business; sweet music to the ears of concerned parents, students and teachers from the area.

Chinese International Student Finds Success at UBC Through Selkirk College

While studying at Selkirk College, Chinese international student Xu Jiaming chose to stay with a homestay family and is captured here with Rick Skinner. The Selkirk College graduate has been accepted into the Engineering Program at Simon Fraser University and at University of British Columbia in their Bachelor of Applied of Science program after getting a strong start at Selkirk College.

When International student Xu Jiaming returned to China after wrapping up his year at Selkirk College, he went secure in the knowledge that two British Columbian universities would welcome him back to study this fall, a dream come true for the young learner.

Xu, who also went by his adopted Canadian name Charlie, was accepted by Simon Fraser University in their Environmental Science program and at University of British Columbia in their Bachelor of Applied of Science program.

Kootenay Lake School Board receives some good news on eve of Tuesday’s Special Open Board Meeting

The meeting at Winlaw Elementary saw the Board take the most heat as the community bands together to try to save its school. — Submitted photo

The Kootenay Lake School District received some favourable news from the Ministry of Education Friday that may assists in the decision-making process when the Board hosts the first of two special meetings of the School Closure Bylaw Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the L.V. Rogers Gymnasium.

The Ministry pre-approved 2017-18 funding for the Jewett Elementary in Meadow Creek and one of the two schools in the Slocan Valley W.E. Graham in Slocan or Winlaw Elementary.

Jewett's pre-approved funding was $46,947 while W.E. Graham or Winlaw Elementary was $295,532 or $347,142.

It's National Fishing Week so make sure to wear a lifejacket

Lifejackets should be just as important as a perfect hook when out fishing. — Submitted photo

It's National Fishing Week in Canada — July 2-10 and The Canadian
Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and the B.C. Wildlife Federation want to remind anglers that wearing your lifejacket is even more important than wearing your ‘lucky fishing hat’.

But they do share one trait. They both have to be worn to be effective.
According to the Canadian Safe Boating Council and the Lifesaving Society, 80 percent of recreational boaters who drown each and every year in Canada were not wearing a lifejacket or Personal Floatation Device (PFD).

COLUMN: A Time of Broken Records

COLUMN:  A Time of Broken Records

Broken records define the climate crisis

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