School board district 53 trustees turn down request for two pro-d days in exchange for longer school days

The board reviewed all the feedback from our partner groups with regards to moving two ProD days from August back into the calendar bookends

  • Mar. 25, 2014 8:00 p.m.

The board reviewed all the feedback from our partner groups with regards to moving two ProD days from August back into the calendar bookends and although the board understands and supports the rationale and the importance of professional development for our teachers, we feel that we cannot implement the request at this time.

As trustees elected by our communities we value feedback from our communities and partner groups and we heard that they are not comfortable with the loss of two additional school days in lieu of four minutes extra on other school days. They are also concerned about the cost of extra daycare and the timing after the introduction of Team Inquiry Model (TIM time) last year.

The board will be exploring all options with our partner groups in the coming year. Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback to the board.

We are very proud of all of our students who participated in the SkillsBC Okanagan Regional event that took place on the Okanagan College campus in Kelowna. Our students placed first in every event we entered apart from the Culinary Arts where we had to compete with students from Okanagan College. Congratulations to Dalton Rose (OSS), Jagdeep Sumal (SESS), Zac Beaudoin (OSS), Foster Kane (SOSS), Cowan Kye (OSS), Brody Porter and Parmeet Brar (SESS) who all placed first in their events and who will now be competing in the Provincial Skills Canada contest in Abbotsford on April 9,.

Good Luck to all of you.

We are excited to announce that our Cawston Primary Preschool will open on April 1. We now have preschools in every one of our elementary schools and we know that this is a very valuable service to our parents and to the development of our students.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me (Marieze Tarr) at mtarr@sd53.bc.ca or 250-498-1333.