A synopsis of the November 20, 2018 Board of Education School District No. 83 Meeting
The Board of School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) held its first regular meeting on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the District Education Support Centre (DESC). The Chair of the Board is Marianne VanBuskirk (left) and Vice-Chair is Quentin Bruns (right).
At the meeting, Board Chair Marianne VanBuskirk also announced trustee committee representatives for the 2018-19 year.
Policy Committee - Tennile Lachmuth
Labour Relations Committee/BCPSEA - Quentin Bruns
Education Directions Committee - Marianne VanBuskirk
Finance & Facilities/Audit Committees - Amanda Krebs
Partner Group - Marty Gibbons
The Board also voted that Lachmuth represent the Board on the B.C. School Trustees' Association's Provincial Council with Bruns as the alternative. The BCSTA Provincial Council was formed in 1987 to ensure that the interests of all Boards are represented and to facilitate professional development and an ongoing dialogue around issues facing the Association and its member Boards across the province.
Tidying up election items, the Board approved the motion to destroy the ballots for the election of the Chair and Vice Chair at the November 15, 2018 Inaugural Board Meeting, and, later in the meeting, received the 2018 General School Election Results, which completes requirements under the Elections Act. Thanks were expressed to Chief Electoral Officer Carrie Pratt and Deputy Chief Veronica Deacon for the hours of good work ensuring the election went smoothly and all requirements were met.
After a presentation by Salmon Arm Secondary teacher Gloria Cox and questions on safety, fundraising and chaperones, the Board gave approval in principle for Salmon Arm Secondary students in Grades 9-12 to take part in an EF Tours trip to Ireland, Scotland and England for July 2020. Cox noted the trip is rich with history, art, varied natural landscapes, foreign culture and stunning architecture.
"It's a pretty exciting opportunity for these students," commented Bruns. "I'm wondering about the cost and who students are paying for it."
Cox replied the long planning timeline was to give students time to save or fundraise for the trip. She added EF tours allows students to make monthly payments (with no fees). The estimated cost is $5,000 and Cox is anticipating between 20 and 40 students will take part.
The Board approved the policy initiation for two new policies, one outlining the protocol to be followed if there is a suspected concussion and the other dealing with impairing substances in the workplace. Superintendent Peter Jory reported with the growing knowledge around the dangers of concussion, there is a need for a protocol in place to protect students both in sporting events and day to day activities in our schools. In initiating the second policy, Jory noted that with the legalization of cannabis it was recommended that the district have a policy for employees on impairing substances (including cannabis, alcohol, prescription drugs, etc.). These two initiated policies will now go on to the policy committee for discussion.
In the Salmon Arm Secondary Jazz Combo are (front left) Madeline Wiebe (alto sax), Gray Simms (cornet), Matt Berke (guitar), Luke Rivette (drums), Carson de Vries (bass) and music teacher David Izik-Dzurko. During the performance it was noted that the group is fundraising to take part in the by invitation only national music festival so if you need to book a band keep them in mind! They can be reached at

The Salmon Arm Secondary Jazz Combo performed two numbers at the Board meeting on Tuesday evening at the DESC. This talented combination has qualified to take part in the national music festival in Ottawa in May.
Board Chair VanBuskirk thanked the students for sharing their incredible talent. "We really appreciate you taking time to come here."
"This was a high quality performance and it is clear why you've been invited to take part in MusicFest Canada."
Next regular meeting Tuesday, December 18 at 6 p.m. at the DESC