The Board of Education has established a public engagement process in order to provide opportunities for meaningful consultation between the Board of Education, staff, communities and education partners.
The Board will engage with partners in a bold, learner-centred, and future-focused manner in order to support alignment between the Board of Education and all of its communities and partners.
We received 76 responses to our online survey about the draft School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) 2022-2023 Budget. We are currently looking for efficiencies in all areas of the budget so we can provide a balanced budget for approval at our Board of Education meeting on May 24, 2022. Information on the current budget year and the 2022-2023 SD8 Preliminary Draft Budget Overview as well as the Public Webinar 2022-2023 Budget Presentation are available on our budget page.
We will share more information about the final budget and inclusion of public feedback, after our May 24, 2022 Board of Education meeting.
Past engagement about the budget:
- A total of 34 people attended the SD8 Public Budget Webinar (18 members of the public) on April 27, 2022 at 5:00 PM PT via Zoom. Secretary-Treasurer Johan Glaudemans provided an updated 2022-2023 Draft Budget and presented an overview of our public Budget Survey results as part of his webinar presentation. We also received a number of new questions and comments that will be included in our final summary of feedback.
- Seventy-six people participated in our online budget survey. The survey closed at 4 p.m. on April 22 and we have compiled feedback from our staff, student trustees, student leaders, partner groups, and the public. We will use the feedback we receive in the survey and from the webinar to help inform our final budget document.
Public engagement on our draft 2022-2023 District School Calendars is now completed. We received 41 responses to our request for online feedback between February 25 and March 25, 2022. We've compiled that feedback which informed our final calendars. All calendars have now been approved by our Board of Education and submitted to the Ministry of Education.
The School Act requires that all school districts in British Columbia develop their own school calendars. School calendars must provide the minimum number of prescribed instructional hours identified in the School Calendar Regulation.
A public engagement process to develop an anti-racism policy for SD8 (Kootenay Lake) took place in January and February 2022, inviting students, parents, staff and the community to share their voice. The Anti Racism Advisory Council has collated all input and drafted a collaborative policy to submit to the Board of Education at the May 17th meeting.
A public engagement process was completed in November-December 2021 to decide on a new name for the Creston secondary school. An online survey was conducted inviting students, parents, staff and the community to share their voice. Focus Groups and a virtual Town Hall event took place in November 2021.