School board news

School board news


New theatre manager sought

Secretary-treasurer Lynda Minnabarriet reported on a theatre user group meeting held recently to discuss the new 400-seat auditorium being built.

The budget for lighting, audio-visual and curtains is $630,000.

The group also discussed a grand opening in December, followed by a gala event in April of 2014. In addition, the group talked about future funding and the need for a qualified theatre manager.


Inquiry team leaders coming

Two BC educators will be working with local teachers and administrators in August to support them in the new Team Inquiry Model coming to schools this fall.

This model will see students released 90 minutes early from school once a month so that teachers can collaborate to enhance learning outcomes. The visiting educators will help school teams how to best utilize the inquiry process.


Portable city disappearing

Board members and students are glad to see the portables at SOSS leaving the school grounds as renovations are nearing completion.

Seven of the portables are going to School District 23 in Kelowna, and six portables are going to School District 40 in New Westminster.

All costs of moving these portables will be the responsibility of the two districts.

School District 53 will be retaining two portables. The administration building has been sold to Oliver-Osoyoos Search and Rescue for $10,000.


Family Life continues

School District 53 is keeping its Family Life program for another year at least.

Board chair Marieze Tarr said the board was concerned about losing the program due to budget restraints.

But trustees agreed that “the birds and the bees” program taught by Gladys Brooks should continue for another year until it’s reviewed again. It was noted the board needs $20,000 to fund the contract.

Trustee Sam Hancheroff said the program is too important to cancel.

“How many parents are able to talk to their kids about it (the facts of life)?”

Students even have a hard time talking about it with their teachers, he pointed out. That’s why a private contractor is the best way to deliver the program.