Board Meeting Highlights for April 4

Reports from the Superintendent

Focus on Learning Publication ? The 2006/07 Focus on Learning, District newspaper, will be ready for distribution to the community in late April. This year?s edition promises to showcase more student activities and school initiatives than before.

New Smoking Law & Schools ? Recently drafted legislation forbids smoking on School District 59 owned or leased property. The legislation also names ?users of school property?. This will cause us to expand the smoking restrictions that are described within SD#59 policy. We will work with all staff and students to insure compliance to legislation in/on District owned property. The District will seek clarification to establish how the new law will apply to our more complex user agreements, e.g.: Gwillim Lake, McLeod School and Tate Creek School

Randy Miller-Through a Blue Lens ? The RCMP have been working with the School District on a range of strategies to educate students on the problems associated with the misuse of drugs and alcohol. They have been successful in engaging Randy Miller to return to the region and make a presentation in our schools. Mr. Miller relates a sad story of his tailspin into addiction, and his lost years as an addict on the streets of East Vancouver. His talk is a graphic description of the consequences of drug taking, of the many tragedies that his lifestyle brought him, and the painful struggle toward recovery. He will be presenting in each of the secondary schools, as well as doing an evening presentation for the communities of Chetwynd and Dawson Creek.

Ministry Update ? Three (3) Bills have been introduced in the legislature:

Bill 20 – School (Student Achievement Enabling) Amendment Act, 2007

Bill 21 – Teacher Profession (Teacher Registration) Amendment Act, 2007

Bill 22 – Education Statutes Amendment Act, 2007

Attached is a document outlining the new legislation. You can also read more at the BC School Trustees Association website at www.bcsta.org .

Strong Start Centres ? SD#59 has been approved for two (2) Strong Start Centre(s). There will be $50,000 allocated to each centre; one in Tremblay School and one in Parkhill School. These centres will be staffed with Early Childhood Educators, and will welcome all preschool children and their caregiver on a free drop-in basis. They are to promote language, physical and social development. These are also to be linked to services offered by health authorities, community agencies and other social service providers.

Reports From the Secretary-Treasurer

2007/08 Funding ? The District has received its preliminary funding amount for the 2007/08 school year. Highlights include:

a decrease to enrolment of 2.7%

an increase of $21 in the base per student grant amount ? a 0.3% increase

an increase in the per student ESL Grant from $1,100 to $1,174

an increase in the per student Aboriginal Education Grant from $950 to $1,014

Next Regular Meeting ?May 16, 2007 at 1:00pm in Tumbler Ridge