Important upcoming public meetings
Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the DESC – Public Consultation meeting on the disposal of excess property on Okanagan Ave.
Wednesday, April 11 at 6 p.m. at the DESC – DPAC meeting including SD83 Transportation Review report and recommendations to adjust some of the Salmon Arm bus routes. View report and recommendations by clicking here.
Monday, April 16 at 6 p.m. at the DESC – Public Budget Consultation for the 2018-19 Preliminary Budget.
Monday, May 7 at 6 p.m. at the DESC – Trustee Information Session
Spring Break approaching
Just a reminder the last day of school before Spring Vacation is on Friday, March 16. Schools will be closed from March 19-29. This year the statutory holidays of Good Friday (March 30) and Easter Monday (April 2) fall at the beginning of the month so schools will not re-open until Tuesday, April 3. Have a wonderful break!
The latest edition of the North North Okanagan-Shuswap Newsline is now available! Please click on the link to check out stories about our elementary chess tournament, art fair, trustee variance and more! 2018-03-14 March Newsline
Also, reports made at the March Board of Education meeting (on items including the district calendar, policy updates, healthy schools update and the sale of some property) can be read here: 2018-03-13 March Synopsis
We are delighted to announce the launch of our new website!
We hope you like the fresh new look to the website and the improved navigation that will allow you to find the information you need more quickly and easily. New features include the blogs Message from the Superintendent Peter Jory and Learning First by Director of Instruction Carl Cooper, which we hope you will find informative.
The SD83 News section will contain posts about activities & news in the district which we hope parents and the community will find interesting. We are continuing to work on our site and school sites to provide you with useful information, so please check back frequently to see how things evolve.
Please also let us know if you cannot find something or would like to make any suggestions for new information or topics. Many thanks for your ongoing support and we look forward to hearing from you.
Art Fair workshops popular
Trustee variance decision from Ministry
When elections for a new School District No. 83 Board of Education are held in October, the North Okanagan-Shuswap area will be electing five trustees.
Minister of Education Rob Fleming notified the district on Thursday that he had signed a Ministerial Order changing the composition of the board to five trustees from the former nine. The decision is in keeping with Official Trustee Mike McKay’s recommendations. The order also outlines each of the areas that trustees will represent:
• North Shuswap/Sorrento/Carlin – one trustee
• Salmon Arm – two trustees
• Sicamous/Malakwa/Enderby/Grindrod – one trustee
• Armstrong/Spallumcheen/Falkland/Silver Creek/Ranchero – one trustee
“I’m pleased with the Minister’s decision. The school district’s communities now know what the structure of the board will be, and individuals interested in standing for office can begin planning and moving forward,” stated McKay.
McKay added he has directed district staff to develop sessions for people considering running for trustee. Information will be shared through the website and media when details are finalized.
“With the work that has been done to meet the recommendations of the Watson Report, I am confident that the district will be in a good place for the incoming board to take on its governance role.”
To arrive at his original recommendation, McKay held discussions with local area government agencies, First Nations Band representatives, and considered options at the Partner Group Table through a Working Group sub-committee. Face-to-face meetings were held and feedback was also invited from the general community on-line.
“Throughout the feedback process, it became clear that there wasn’t a single option that was universally supported,” said McKay. “But after much consideration, I felt this option would best serve the communities of our district.”
Gear Bots Maker Space workshops full
The SD83 Careers Department is offering a FREE Coding and Robotics workshop for students aged nine and over in March at the new Salmon Arm Innovation Centre. These workshops (plus an additional one that was added to try to meet the demand) are all full! Your support for our Maker Space workshops is very much appreciated!