The next regular meeting of the Sunshine Coast Board of Education will be Tuesday October 11, 2011, 7:00pm, at the School Board office. Did you know that the agendas for regular public meetings are available on the Friday prior to meetings? You can find the full October agenda here. If you can’t attend the meeting, express yourself here, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’ve been frustrated awaiting SD46’s decision regarding All Day K, the good news is you won’t have to wait much longer.
At the next Board of Education meeting (April 13th, 7pm, School Board Office) Staffs will present the information gathered concerning ADK, and the Board should be deciding where the ADK spots will go, based on the information. I only say “should” because I can’t guarantee a decision will be made–turns out I don’t get to control what the rest of the Board does–, but that is the plan.
I’m sure it seems like a long process, but we are trying to gather as much information as possible, in order to make as fair a decision as possible, given an imperfect (and probably inherently unfair) situation.
I can understand the frustration with not knowing what your child’s schedule will be next year–I’m in the same boat! My boy is also entering kindergarten in the fall, and I honestly don’t know anymore than you do about where ADK will end up.
How do you feel about ADK, anyway? I’ve heard from quite a few parents opposed to the whole concept, and I have some mixed feelings about it as a parent. I have no doubt about ADK’s educational and social benefits, but I have some emotional hesitancy about sending my delicate little angel to school for 5 full days a week! The childcare aspect of ADK doesn’t really impact me either way, as I also have a one year old at home anyway. I haven’t heard talk of 13 month old kindergarten from the Ministry of Education. Yet.
So, which schools do you think should get the ADK spots, and why? Post below and/or bring your thoughts to the public meeting on April 13th!
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.
All three school closure bylaws were defeated. The Kinnikinnick and Sechelt elementary bylaws were defeated unanimously, while the Davis Bay closure bylaw was defeated 2-4. The Davis Bay bylaw generated the most debate, with Trustees weighing the pros and cons of its closure.
After the bylaws were defeated, the following motion was made, and passed unanimously:
“That effective for the 2010-11 school year, the K-7 program and staff of Sechelt Elementary be amalgamated into Kinnikinick Elementary pending renovations, repairs and the pursuit of a Neighbourhood of Learning at the Sechelt Elementary site.”
Halfmoon Bay Elementary School scored at the top of the province in the Foundation Skills Assesment testing, done in grades four and seven. The tests are meant to assess where kids are performing in the key areas of reading, writing, and numeracy.
There is some controversy around the effectiveness of the testing, but whatever your feelings around FSA testing, you have to be proud of the kids and staff at HBES. Way to go!
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.”
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 →