Board Notes - November 19, 2018

Posted On Monday November 26, 2018
Financial Literacy Westmount
Students Spenser McCue (Gr. 7), Zane Philcox (Gr. 3), Shayla Chadwick (Gr. 7), Ruby Conklin (Gr.4), and Kieran Fellenz (Gr. 6) presented on the topic of Financial Literacy.


Financial Literacy

Principal Susie Mabee and Teacher Kim Edstrom, along with students Zane Philcox (Grade 3), Ruby Conklin (Grade 4), Kieran Fellenz (Grade 6), Spenser McCue and Shayla Chadwick (Grade 7) presented how Westmount Elementary tackled financial literacy head on. With the support of its recent Inquiry and Innovation funding grant from the Board of Education they focused on pedagogy, developing community connections, real-life situations and celebrated their learning with a Financial Literacy Fair.

Leadership Development Program

Certificates were presented to the most recent cohort of educators who successfully completed their Leadership Development Program (LDP). Congratulations to Domenic Comita, Cecile McVittie, Mike Koppes, Jodi Oetter, Dave Conroy, Kim Edstrom, Lana Blais, Steve Scott and Tessica Watson. The program began in 1967 as an on the job training program for future principals at the Centre for Study for School Administration at UBC. The two-year program continues to include hands-on school leadership experience, presentations to district leadership staff and courses at TRU. This is the longest established school leadership program in the province. An estimated 82 per cent of SD73 principals have completed the program.


Westwold Elementary Consultation Process

Assistant Superintendent Rob Schoen informed the Board of the consultation process for thefuture of Westwold Elementary School. The community meeting takes place on Thursday, November 22, at 7 pm at Westwold Elementary. Westwold community members and employee groups are invited to provide feedback on the future of the school at until January 19. Once the feedback is reviewed, the administration will make a recommendation to the Board on January 28, 2019.


Valleyview Secondary Expansion Update

Art McDonald Director Facilities and Transportation submitted the Project Definition Report (PDR) to the Ministry of Education. Further to the submission, the Ministry has requested information on the District’s Local Capital Reserve fund balance and the associated budget for the next two years (2018-2019 and 2019-2020). The Ministry may request further information or clarification on items in the PDR over the next several months. Once the Ministry is satisfied that the business case for the expansion has been substantiated, the Ministry will seek final funding approval. If approved the project would then proceed to the design phase. 

Slash to a Dash

An Order in Council by the Lieutenant Governor has approved the slash to be changed to a dash in the official name of the School District No. 73 (Kamloops-Thompson). The name change will be gradually phased in with the normal replacement of signage and collateral.



Superintendent Alison Sidow has been named as the Vice-President for the BC Superintendents Association. Chair Kathleen Karpuk extended congratulations on behalf of the Board.

McQueen Lake Dinner 

The McQueen Lake Dinner and Auction is Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Henry Grube Education Centre.  There is a live auction event following dinner and a silent auction throughout the evening. The cost of the dinner is $65 per ticket (tax receipt issued for $25). All proceeds go towards the rebuilding and maintenance of the McQueen Lake Centre. Purchase your tickets online.  



















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