October 2018 Election will be for five trustees

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, March 1, 2018 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.”

Update on SD83 Teacher On Call Posting

-excerpt from letter to parents, February 22, 2018

You will be pleased to know that our posting has also generated the interest we had hoped it would. As of Friday we had received ninety-four applications from non-certified candidates, and from this list, we are now ready to activate eight to our TTOC roster. Four of these candidates are trained as teachers but have been engaged in other professions, two have PhDs and have been university instructors, and two have science degrees and extensive experience working with young people in a leadership capacity. We will also be considering more candidates from our application pool in the coming weeks, which, thanks in part to the extensive media coverage, now includes an additional thirty-six trained teachers from all across the country.

Where are we going from here?

      • We are pleased to receive the news from the province regarding increased funding for teacher training and recruitment and we anticipate that will lead to some long-term relief;
      • We will continue our recruitment efforts for certified teachers in BC and in other parts of Canada. There were additional resources assigned to this task last summer and through the fall and that area remains a focus for our Human Resources staff;
      • We will continue to reach out to retired teachers to explore their interest in TTOC assignments during this period of peak demand; and
      • We anticipate that some of the non-certified personnel hired will pursue certification as a result of their positive experiences working in classrooms in our district.


2018 Kindergarten / French Immersion Registration begins October 2/17!

The kindergarten registration date, typically held in April of each year, is being moved forward and is being held in October instead. This year registration for kindergarten September 2018 will be on October 2, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at elementary schools throughout the district. LEARN MORE >

2018 Outdoor Learning Program Registration

Update! Registration is now full at 111 students. A waiting list is now in place.
For more information, visit www.sd83.bc.ca