Education Partnership Committee meting of Jan. 12

Highlights of the Education Partnership Committee meeting from Jan. 12

Fauquier School Property Update

A Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner (ROWP) did an assessment on the property, and indicated there is significant claysoil, making it unfeasible to create septic fields. The current school building has sewer access by way of a BC Hydro-builtcommunity sewage system, but BC Hydro has informed the school district that no further connections to the existing systemare possible. The district is working, with assistance from RDCK director Paul Peterson, to pursue other possibilities for aseptic system. The district’s aim remains that the land is sub-divided, and the Fauquier School property is sold at a verymodest price to the Fauquier community. The remaining one or two lots will be sold at market value, with proceeds going tofund future district capital projects.

Professional Development Day on Jan. 18

Raj Dhasi returns to SD 10 to work with teachers, support staff, and school and district leaders on the topic of AssertivelySetting Limits: Dealing with Problematic Behaviour While Building Relationships. Superintendent/Secretary-Treasurer TerryTaylor said it’s important for educators to have skills in managing conflict in respectful ways in the classroom, and also withparents and other staff members. Honing one’s skills in respectfully setting limits on problematic behaviours is part of thecomplex work of being an educator.

 

Lucerne Wiring Upgrade in Progress

Wiring at Lucerne school is proceeding slower that hoped due to a range of factors, including shipping issues of wire fromsuppliers over Christmas, and Christmas vacation. All electrical wiring run work is now completed to the elementary andsecondary classrooms at Lucerne school Fishing wire and connections for network drops is the next stage of the work.Updates will be provided as the work progresses. To support the network wiring upgrade, a realignment of district budgets isbeing done. The manager of operations and IT manager are working closely with the director of finance andSuperintendent/Secretary-Treasurer to project accurate costs and re-allocate budget.

 

New buses in March 2016

The two new buses have been ordered, and will arrive in the district in March, and will be in service after spring break. SD 10offers many thanks to the Ministry of Education for their support in transportation for district students.

 

By-Election Updates

There was a good turnout for the advanced polling in the Central Zone on Jan. 6. The election in the Central Zone takes placeon Jan. 16, in the gym at Nakusp Elementary School. For the Eastern Zone, the nomination period is Jan. 5-15. So far, only onecandidate has been declared. If more than one candidate is declared, there will be a vote on Feb. 20. If no other candidate isdeclared, and the current candidate wins by acclamation, the school board will have two new trustees by the end of this week.