Another NSS team takes part in provincials

Highlights from the Monthly school board meeting for School District 10.

The Senior Girls basketball team is now the third team from Nakusp Secondary School to go to provincials after winning the Zone Tournament held the weekend of Feb. 25 in Nakusp. The team was in Duncan March 8 to 10 with a berth in the Single A Provincial Championships

42 SD 10 students registered for regional RoboGames Tournament

Building on the success at the last two years’ Robo Games, student and teacher interest in robotics continues to thrive in School District 10.

This year, students from four schools in the district will compete in the coding, electronics and hands-on learning competition at Selkirk College in Castlegar, on April 29.

Six of the students are from Nakusp Secondary, eight from Nakusp Elementary School, seven from Edgewood Elementary School, and 22 from Lucerne Elementary Secondary School. Eight of the students from Lucerne are secondary and 14 are elementary.

The games offer students the chance to learn skills involving teamwork, technology and tools, and integrate math, science, applied skills and design technology and more.

Budget planning process for 2017-18

The district’s budget consultation process has so far included consultation at four district schools, with meetings for both parents and staff, a meeting with the Principals and vice-principal, and two of the three Finance Committee meetings.

Susan Brenna-Smith, director of finance and Terry Taylor, superintendent/secretary-treasurer, have developed two budget scenarios for the finance committee’s consideration: a status quo budget, and a budget with some reductions informed by the budget consultation process and other information.

The third finance committee meeting is scheduled for April 11, with the budget by-law scheduled to be passed on May 2, 2017 at a special regular meeting of the Board of Education.

Student learning grant funding

The Ministry of Education has recently announced that an additional $27,400,000 will be provided to districts across the province for the purchase of learning resources to assist with these needs.

Eligible categories of resources and/or supplies include instructional supplies such as electronic learning resources, textbooks, other classroom supplies serving an educational purpose, athletic equipment, and learning resources to assist non-enrolling teachers like career preparation materials.