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Ministry rejects All Day Kindergarten proposal for SD 48

Our friends and colleagues in School District 48 (Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton) have come up with the best proposal to solve the 50%-All-Day-Kindergarten-for-2010-11 conundrum that I’ve heard.

Here’s a related article from the Chief: http://www.squamishchief.com/article/20100219/SQUAMISH0101/302189838/ministry-rejects-local-kindergarten-proposal

Basically, they suggested implementing All Day K for all kids halfway through the year, rather than implementing All Day K for half of the kids for the entire year. It sounded like a great compromise to me, and ensured that the spots would be spread equitably across the district. It also would have given the entire district an opportunity to “ease into” the new schedule. Also seemed like it would cost the same.

At any rate, like many good ideas, it has been rejected (although I haven’t heard an official response from the Ministry.)

The Ministry’s decision to only provide funding for 50% of the kids in the province to attend All Day K next year has put all boards in the difficult position of deciding who will get the spots and who won’t. 

We will discuss the matter of All Day K in our district at our next public meeting: March 16, 2010, 7pm, School Board Office.

Any suggestions?

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Is this the “Hill to Die On” for BC School Trustees?

Here is an excerpt from Crawford Killian in the Tyee regarding the vote to pass a “needs” or deficit budget in School District 27 Cariboo-Chilcotin:

“In a move similar to other financial crises dating back to the mid-1980s, the trustees of School District 27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) have voted 4-3 for a budget that would break provincial law by running a deficit.

The decision, taken at a meeting on January 28, puts the board on a collision course with Victoria and could result in the firing of the trustees.”

Read the full article here

See Janet Steffenhagen’s piece on the subject here

It’s a move I’ve thought about, and might take if I’m convinced it’s the best thing for our children’s education. It’s a bit drastic, but most Boards are feeling backed into a corner on the issue of ever dwindling funding to our districts. We are frustrated and many Trustees feel like we are banging our heads on the wall over this issue. The public is feeling the same, as we’ve been hearing clearly during our consultations in the last few months.

It would certainly be taking a stand. Much cooler than writing another letter. There aren’t that many options for taking a stand (or being cool, for that matter) as a Trustee, so a move like this would certainly get some attention. It might be the only way to finally say “enough is enough.” Continue reading

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Three halves of ruined life

Ferguson
Ferguson

Ok, so I haven’t posted for awhile. I shamelessly blame my new son, Fergus, who is now three months old!  All and all this go around has been less maddening than the first time, but any spare time I’ve had I’ve spent with my growing family. Or sleeping. Or sitting in the dark rocking and humming lullabies. By myself.

We received a joke card with a quote something like, “The first half of your life is ruined by your parents, the second by your children.” Kind of funny, though not true–there’s also that half of your life you ruin yourself. So, that’s like three halves of ruined life, but who’s counting?
The Trustee duties have been steadily increasing as well, as we get closer to the end of the school year. We’ve been going through the budget process, which has been an illuminating experience. It has been my first real taste of the ire and loathing of the public. I joke, of course, but it’s good to remember that the budget is more than a stack of paper–it’s people’s livelihood and our children’s education–and I truly thank people for their input on the process. I can honestly say that this input will help guide the Board in making the decisions that need to be made.
So far, so good. I am really enjoying representing you all on the Board of Education. We have a great district full of amazing people, and a lot to be proud of as a community.
Let me know what you’d like to see in the next couple of years.

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