Board of Education Meeting Highlights - May 24, 2022

May 26th 2022

An overview of discussion items and major decisions of the Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake). For meeting agendas/minutes and a schedule of upcoming board meetings visit our meetings and minutes page

Annual Budget Bylaw Passed

The Board voted unanimously in favour of adopting the Annual Budget Bylaw 2022-23. The total budget for the 2022/2023 school year is $71,383,736. Of that total, about $59 million is for day-to-day operations including salaries, benefits, services and supplies. The remaining $12.5 million is dedicated to Special Purpose Funds, capital assets, capital funds and reserves for future years.

The Ministry of Education and Child Care requires every school district to submit a balanced budget for the next school year by June 30. A draft budget presented earlier in 2022 projected a deficit of $1,420,290, but the district looked critically at all operations to find efficiencies and cost savings outside the classroom to reduce our expenditures in 2022-23.

Examples of budget adjustments include ceasing the Student Laptop Pilot Program. Laptops already leased will be integrated in schools across the district to improve equity and access to technology, supporting all students’ learning. The district will also adjust back to pre-COVID-19 custodial services.

Climate Change Accountability Report and Five-Year Capital Plan Approved

SD8 reports annually on its activities related to capital planning and climate change and its efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. Each year, the Board updates its 5-Year Capital Plan that outlines various facilities and transportation initiatives to reduce the district’s carbon footprint.

Building Designs and Retrofits Completed in 2021-2022

  • Brent Kennedy Elementary School: Upgraded four rooftop unit compressors.
  • Kootenay River Secondary: New air handler for the annex building.
  • Trafalgar Middle School: renovation, dust collector system upgrade.
  • WE Graham School: mechanical upgrade classrooms.
  • Salmo Secondary School: installed new variable frequency drives (VFD) for circulation pumps.
  • Direct Digital Control (DDC): Additional new digital controls were installed in various buildings. Nearly all DDCs in district facilities have now been modernized.
  • All Schools: To date 11 schools have had complete interior and exterior LED lighting upgrades. Replaced all air filters to Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values (MERV) 13.

The Green House Gas (GHG) offsets in 2021 represented 2,604 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e), valued at $25 per tonne, which represents a total Offset Investment of $65,100.

Kootenay Lake International Education Program (KLIP) Update

Director of Instruction, Innovative Learning Ben Eaton provided an update on Kootenay Lake International Program (KLIP) to the Board.

KLIP sees participation from students around the globe. It fosters social, cultural, and economic benefits for SD8 and the region, offering international students’ numerous opportunities to participate in the educational and social environment of district schools.

The KLIP seeks to continue to increase international student enrolment and intercultural opportunities for all students. The goals for the Kootenay Lake International Program are to actively seek intercultural, employment and value-added opportunities to SD8, communities, local students, and international partners.

Policy Changes

The Board approved the following policies:

  • Policy 250: Tobacco and Electronic Smoking Devices
  • Policy 260: Scent Free Environment
  • Policy 311: Illegal Use of Drugs and/or Alcohol
  • Policy 320: Student Attendance
  • Policy 411: Schools and Programs of Choice
  • Policy 412: Independent Homeschooler
  • Policy 430: Fees, Deposits and Financial Hardship
  • Policy 451: Physical Restraint and Seclusion of Students
  • Policy 460: Language
  • Policy 480: Parent Advisory Councils/District Parent Advisory Council
  • Policy 490: School Closure
  • Policy 530: Public Interest Disclosure

The Board approved the following policies for field testing:

  • Policy 330: Sexual Orientation Gender Identity
  • Policy 331: Anti-Racism and Cultural Safety
  • Policy 410: School Choice and Catchment
  • Policy 450: Equitable and Inclusive Educational Services for Learners
  • Policy 791: Naming / Re‐Naming of Schools & Facilities

All policies are available on our Board Policies page.

These highlights exclude confidential information such as business negotiations, personnel issues and legal matters. For other information or to provide feedback, please contact our Public Engagement Manager at 250-505-7005 or .

About the Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake):

The Board of Education of School District No. 8 provides educational services to numerous diverse communities in the East & West Kootenays, including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel and Yahk. Its dedicated team focuses on providing the best possible educational opportunities for over 5,400 students and their families. Its mission is to focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.