Volume 08 | April 29, 2019
Highlights for April 29, 2019
Board Notes are from the regular meeting of the Board of Education for School District No.73 (Kamloops-Thompson). Expect your next issue of Board Notes after the May 13, 2019 meeting. Read the full agenda here.
Place Based Learning
BC’s redesigned curriculum provides teachers with flexibility in creating learning environments that are relevant, engaging, and outdoors. Sally Zryd , Principal, and Dave Conroy , Vice-Principal at Aberdeen Elementary introduced teachers Sarah Kruisselbrink, Stacey Kaczur and Shelley Marsh who presented several place-based learning opportunities their students experienced last year through an Innovation Grant.

Task Force on Student Safety
Implementation of the recommendations designed by the Superintendent's Task Force on Student Safety to help and protect students who face sexual misconduct in schools is now underway. The recommendations have resulted in new District procedures and programming, and are leading to improved staff training and educational programs for students which will begin this fall.

School Fees Report
The revised curriculum for grades 11 and 12 has led to minor changes in the course fee structure. Many courses were renamed, and some were eliminated. Overall, there was a fee reduction for six courses with the delisting of outdated Board Authority Authorized courses. The Board approved the minor fee increases to reflect the rising cost of supplies, including fees for Foods, Woodwork and Photography courses.
Mental Health Literacy Strategy
The Action Plan submitted to the Ministry of Education on March 15, 2019 received a one-time grant of $31,000 to support mental health programming in schools. This funding is a catalyst for an integrated and sustainable mental health infrastructure in the District that will include support for an additional school and family consultant.
2019 - 2020 Budget Approved
Continuing enrolment growth and increased funding for student support from the Ministry of Education has put SD73 in a position to better meet the District’s priorities to improve educational outcomes for all students. The Board approved the annual budget bylaw for a total budget (including special purpose and capital funds) for $181,902,362.

BC School Trustee Association AGM and Leadership Series were well attended.

VSS Recognition – Shout out to Carla Salituro’s Leadership class at Valleyview Secondary for the tremendous job they did in supporting the recent capital funding announcement by Minister of Education Rob Fleming. In appreciation, $1000 has been given to the class for future projects and activities. Go Vikes!

Policy Handbook Update – The review of existing Board Policy is nearing completion. The new condensed manual will be released by the end of June.

Envision TRU - the Board has been asked to participate in setting TRU’s 10-year strategic plan.

Superintendent’s Report As distributed April 12, 2019
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The next regular meeting public Board Meeting is Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm
at the School District No. 73 School Board office, 1383 9th Avenue, Kamloops, B.C.