Discussions on moving ahead

The next steps for the Board as it develops the long range facilities plan, determining parameters for livestreaming of board meetings, and next steps for the Board’s climate action plan were discussed by trustees at the School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) Committee of the Whole meeting on Friday, October 9 at 10 a.m. at the District Education Support Centre (DESC).

A link will also be posted on the SD83 website (www.sd83.bc.ca) under Board of Education (click on Board Committees and then scroll down to Committee of the Whole). The Board does not make motions at these meetings. They are an opportunity to have a more in-depth discussion on a topic before deciding on a motion to present at a Board meeting.

The Board discussed the Long Range Facilities Plan, and will be holding an additional consultation session for another option to configuring the schools in the Salmon Arm area, which would leave the current school configuration as is, except for Jackson and Sullivan, which would both become Grade 9-12 schools.

The other option which has been added and which will also be put forward to consultation is the possibility of building a high school in the Sorrento area.

Hybrid public meetings, with trustees and staff at the DESC and the public joining via livestream, are being proposed for November. As with earlier consultations, a survey will also be available for parents and the public to express their views.

The other option which has been added and which will be put forward to consultation is the possibility of building a high school in the Sorrento area.

Hybrid public meetings, with trustees and staff at the DESC and the public joining via livestream, are being proposed for November. As with earlier consultation, a survey will also be available for parents and the public to express their views.

During discussions around the Climate Action Belief Statement it was suggested the Board should have its Policy Committee revamp any related policies and that an ad hoc committee be formed to determine actions that are achievable, measurable and can save energy. Motions on these two topics will be brought to the regular meeting of the Board on October 21.

Trustees also discussed their wishes around livestreaming and recording of Board meetings, what they’d like to see in the policy around this and how long the recordings should be accessible. It was noted that even with the meetings recorded, the minutes are the official transcript of the meeting.

Trustees also had a discussion around the budget shortfall, and the changes this has necessitated, along with additional costs being incurred because of COVID-19.

Committee of the Whole meetings provide the Board of Education an opportunity to discuss an issue before bringing recommendations/motions to a regular Board of Education meeting. The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Wednesday, October 21 at 6 p.m. at the DESC (please note change of date).