School Board Meeting Highlights

anis Enterprise Centre (KEC)

Doris Brocke, Manager of KEC, made a presentation on the KEC which was started in 1986 as a partnership between the Kiwanis Club of Dawson Creek and SD#59. It was conceived to be a business development centre for students and the public. With that mission, it served to incubate numerous community and student businesses, many becoming viable, ongoing enterprises. The KEC has received provincial and national recognition, and numerous awards for business innovation and program design. For 15 years SD#59 incubated the centre, providing ongoing maintenance and leadership. The Centre provided classroom space, student projects, and Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Work Experience, and Business Management credits to students. In the past six years the centre has provided internal leadership, and moved toward social entrepreneurship, and building capacity for marginalized populations.

orts from the Superintendent

Encana Helps with Drop Out Issue

– Encana approached the Ministry of Education with a desire to assist BC School Districts in areas where they are operating. Their desire is to work with School Districts in the north, to reduce the student drop-out rates. District staff met with Encana representatives, MOE staff, SD#60 staff, and the Superintendent of SD#81 (Ft. Nelson) to work on a plan. More details on this initiative will be presented in September.

de Nine Students Tour Trades Programs –

On May 30, all the grade 9 students in SD #59 toured the NLC and BCIT campuses. The students were able to preview the many trades options available for dual credit. The Principal of SPSS also provided a tour of the school as a first step in the transition process to secondary school.

e the Time Booked for 08

Take the time is a program similar to Challenge Days, however targets students in grade 6 and 7. The facilitators for the program have been booked for January, 08 to pilot this program to a grade 6 class in Dawson Creek. The facilitators will spend a few additional days in the communities delivering anti-bullying and anti-drug presentations.

Northern Opportunities Supports SD #59 Work

– Northern Opportunities has contributed $20,600 to SD #59 for its ongoing work in developing and facilitating dual credit programs in the district. The grant is intended to assist the district in coordinating all the partners involved in dual credit programs. The Industry Training Authority, secondary school staff, post secondary partners, industry, Northern Opportunities, parents, and the students are a few of the stakeholders that need to work together, to create seamless transitions between high school and post secondary programs. Northern Opportunities is committed to providing this grant for three years, to assist the district in developing skilled graduates in the trades.

Climbing Wall Excitement Grows

With the climbing wall open for use at Gwillim, we are learning that we have developed a world-class asset at our outdoor-ed site. It appears from the users, that our wall is as challenging and as exciting as any in Canada. Consequently, the interest in using the wall has grown significantly in the past two months. All users of the wall must have someone present who has taken the District safety training on the use of the wall.

Admin Announcements

?Jennifer Sutherland – Vice Principal – Crescent Park Elementary

? Lisa Tenta ? Principal ? Rolla Traditional School

? Doreen L?Hirondelle ? Principal ? Moberly Lake Elementary

Reports From the Secretary Treasurer

Annual Budget 2007-2008

? The Board approved the Annual Budget Bylaw for 2007/08 with a budget amount of $44,397,844.

Board Meeting Schedule

? The meeting schedule for 2007/08 was approved and will be published on the District website.

Policy Committee

Policy 6930: Smoking and Smoke Free Spaces

? The Board approved a new policy on Smoking and Smoke Free Spaces. Recently drafted legislation forbids smoking on School District 59 owned or leased property. This has caused the School District to expand the smoking restrictions that are described within the SD#59 policy.

Trustee Items

Paper Use ? The Board passed a motion to cut paper use by 10% in the next school year.

Next Regular Meeting ?Sept. 12, 2007 at 1:00pm in Dawson Creek