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LETTER: SD 20 Superintendent discourages student walkout slated for tomorrow

LETTER: SD 20 Superintendent discourages student walkout slated for tomorrow

Dear parents and guardians:

In schools across British Columbia, a student walkout is being promoted for the morning of Wednesday, June 4.

While I respect the desire of students to express their views regarding the current labour dispute, the proposed walkout raises a number of concerns, particularly with regard to student safety.

I am writing to inform you that School District No. 20 (Kootenay‐Columbia) does not sanction the proposed walkout. As a result, parents should be aware that:

Ministry of Education does an about face on pay cut to Kootenay area school psychologist

Dr. Todd Kettner . . . hopeful an agreement can be reached

An open letter to Premier Christy Clark from a registered psychologist from Nelson that received thousands of reads in media circles has prompted the Ministry of Education do an about face a story Saturday on the website of the Vancouver Province newspaper said.

The provincial government needs an education about education

The provincial government needs an education about education

I cannot decide if I should laugh or cry in response to the Provincial government’s exasperating effort to come up with lock-out terms for teachers. The government’s objective is to entice teachers to accept its conditions for a new contract. How can restricting the teachers’ hours at work, reducing their income by an arbitrary percentage, and demanding that they nonetheless continue to perform services essential to education on a volunteer basis motivate teachers to agree?

LETTER: 70+ hours unpaid overtime in Slocan tragedy nets school psychologist pay dock for `job action`

LETTER: 70+ hours unpaid overtime in Slocan tragedy nets school psychologist pay dock for `job action`

May 27, 2014
Christy Clark, Premier
Via email.
RE: $596.82 pay deducted for 70 hours of overtime?

Dear Ms. Clark:

Today wasn’t a great day for me personally. Neither was yesterday. Nor last week. Not even the week before.

Interim Trail/Warfield recreation deal paves way for new councils as election looms

Interim Trail/Warfield recreation deal paves way for new councils as election looms

The City of Trail and the Village of Warfield have reached a new recreation and library agreement.

“Our five-year agreement expired in January and we didn’t renew it,” said Bert Crockett, the mayor of Warfield. “So we met with [Trail] and the negotiations broke down. We figured what they were asking was too much. We opted to go to a reimbursement program in which the citizens [of Warfield] would go in [to Trail facilities] and pay the fees, then bring the receipts back to us and we would reimburse what it cost them.”

Rotating teacher strikes to continue; community rallies

Rotating teacher strikes to continue; community rallies

Rotating teacher strikes will continue next week, with instruction brought to a halt in every school district for another full day (in SD 20, that will be June 2, and June 5 for SD 8. See end of story for all district schedules).

GALLERY: Picket lines in Robson during rotating strike

GALLERY: Picket lines in Robson during rotating strike

Photos courtesy Brandi Dueck

Rotating strike action in the SD 20 (including Rossland, Trail and Castlegar) on May 27 saw protesters at most schools in the district - including Robson Community School, where these photos were taken.

The following day saw picketing in Nelson and area.

Trail begins consultation via mail with residents impacted by boundary extension

Trail begins consultation via mail with residents impacted by boundary extension

Residents who will be effected by the City of Trail's proposed boundary extension can expect to receive a letter this week (if they haven't already) asking them whether they support the move, according to Trail CAO David Perehudoff.

SD 20 track meet cancelled; parent-based alternate event on tap

SD 20 track meet cancelled; parent-based alternate event on tap

The School District 20 annual elementary track and field meet has become the latest casualty of ongoing strife between the province and its teachers, as day two of rotating job action in the district unfolds.

The following letter was issued to local parents yesterday by SD 20 Superintendent Greg Luterbach:

Dear Parents,

Okanagan Correctional Centre breaks ground

A drawing of the new Okanagan Correctional Centre.

There was a ground-breaking ceremony last week as the Province, Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB), local community and construction partners donned hard hats to celebrate the construction of the Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC).

The OCC project, located on the Osoyoos Indian Band’s in the Senkulmen Business Park on Highway 97, will act as a catalyst for the local economy and create family-supporting jobs, generating approximately 1,000 indirect and direct jobs during construction.

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