School Board Meeting Highlights

Reports from the Superintendent

·Nutrition in Schools ? September 1 was the deadline for all schools to have eliminated pop, chocolate bars, chips and candy from their machines and concessions. Many other food products typically found in schools, and at special events, were removed as options. While a few machines continue to sport advertising of products that are not permitted, the vendors have been notified that a change is necessary.

·COFI Camp Very Successful ? Twenty-eight (28) students from SD#59 and SD#60 assembled at the Pat O?Reilly-Gwillam Lake Outdoor Ed site to participate in a project hosted by the BC Council of Forest Industries. Students were exposed to the forestry careers available through actual work with professionals in the field. Many volunteers from CANFOR, West Fraser, Tembec, Slocan, and the schools, coordinated to provide 2 exciting days. Over the years, this project has seen students take helicopter flights into log blocks to study species, regeneration and erosion, and fish counts have been done in the creek, by stunning the fish with electric current. In all, the students received an exciting hands-on experience.

·Class Sizes ? the District was in compliance with provincial class size regulations as of September 30, 2007.

For classes with Kindergarten students, the District average class size must be 19 or less and the maximum class size cannot exceed 22. The actual District average class size for K classes is 18.631 and the District?s maximum class size for K classes is 22.

For classes with Grade 1 to 3 students, the district average class size must be 21 or less and the maximum class size is 24. The actual District average class size for Grade 1 to 3 classes is 19.278 and the District?s maximum class size for Grade 1 to 3 classes is 24.

For classes with Grade 4 to 7 students, the district average class size must be 28 or less, and any class with more than 30 students must have a consultation and consent from the teacher. The actual District average class size for Grade 4 to 7 classes is 24.560, and there are four classes over 30.

For classes with Grade 8 to 12 students, the district average class size must be 30 or less, and any class with more than 30 students must have a consultation with the teacher. The actual District average class size for Grade 8 to 12 classes is 25.046, and there are 8 classes over 30.

A consultation with the teacher also occurs if there are four or more students with special needs in a class. In this district there are 9 classes with four or more special needs students.

Overall average class sizes over the past 6 years:

Sept.2002 -24.45; Sept.2003-24.44; Sept.2004-24.00 Sept.2005-23.03; Sept.2006-23.07; Sept.2007-23.97

Reports From the Secretary Treasurer

·Student Enrolment ? the final student enrolment for this year is 4,409 which is a decline of 1.5% from last year. Since 1999, our enrolment has declined 18%. Tumbler Ridge enrolments have increased slightly over the past two years, after several years of decline.

· The Board approved an updated 5-year Capital Plan

Reports From the Operations Manager

·Pouce Coupe School Update ? The gym, library and classroom are all in place (to the lock up stage). Water and sewer are in, and the roof is completed,. We have also installed two 10,000 gallon underground storage tanks to catch water from the roof to be used for flushing toilets and irrigation. The plan is still to have the students in the new school by the beginning of January.

Next Regular Meeting ?November 7, 2007 at 1:00pm in Dawson Creek