School District 10 receives 2016 Finalist Premier’s Award

Highlights from the January meeting of the school board and education partnership committee.

School District 10 received the Finalist Premier’s Award in recognition of its innovation and excellence in implementing aCarbon Neutral Capital Program (CNCP) solar grant during the fall of 2015.

In October of that year, Grade 11 and 12 students from Nakusp Secondary School and Lucerne Elementary Secondary School inNew Denver learned key solar industry skills as they installed solar panels at Nakusp Elementary School and Lucerne.

The two projects cost $100,000, 50 per cent of which was paid for by the CNCP grant.

An independent solar consultant was hired by the district to analyze the data. The consultant will report to the school boardon the energy production and savings generated by the two solar installations.

 

Update on the BCTF Supreme Court

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Earlier in January it was announced an additional $50,000 in funds would be added to BC classrooms for Feb to June of thisyear. This funding will help address class sizes and composition needs.

The district and local teacher’s union, the Arrow Lakes Teachers Association, are working together to collect data, analyzelanguage in collective agreements from 1996-2002, and consider the impact of previous class sizes and composition andcommittee language within the 2017 landscape of education.

Successful Maker Day/Skills Exploration Day held

Eighty students, Grades 7-9, from Nakusp Secondary School, Lucerne Elementary Secondary School, and Edgewood ElementarySchool took part in the event on Jan. 4.

One of the things students took part in during the day was a design challenge. This challenge asked students to find problemsand solutions to natural disasters along with identifying ways in which nature causes challenges to our communities.

Community experts, including Terry Warren, fire chief of Nakusp, Constable Lee Bellamy of the Nakusp RCMP, mayor KarenHamling, and Ann Bunka, mayor of New Denver, came together for a panel on the challenges our communities face in thewake of the forces of nature from bears in the villages, to mudslides and forest fires. This made the design challenge thestudents took part in particularly relevant.