Board of Education Meeting Highlights - September 13, 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 .

Educational and School Learning Reports

Director of Instruction – Innovative Learning Services Ben Eaton presented the 2021-2022 Enhancing Student Learning Report (ESL) to the board who approved it. The board also approved the 2022-2023 School Learning Plans.

Director of Instruction – Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Deanna Holitzki presented the 2022-2023 Inclusion, Equity and Diversity Report to the board for information. This is the first of five continuous learning reports staff will present to the board in the 2022-2023 school year. Each report aligns to goals and objectives related to continuous learning in intellectual, human and social, and career development. Information from all five continuous learning reports will be incorporated into the 2022-2023 Enhancing Student Learning Report in June 2023.

Anti-Racism and Cultural Safety

District Principal - Aboriginal Education Gail Higginbottom and District Principal - International Education Jann Schmidt presented the Anti-Racism and Cultural Safety Report to the board for information. It outlines the district’s anti-racism work led by students, and that has resulted in the creation of Policy 331: Anti-Racism and Cultural Safety. The report also outlines district accountabilities described in Administration Procedure 331.1 Anti-racism and Cultural Safety.

Youth Trades Training

District Principal Secondary and Innovative Learning Tamara Malloff presented information about SD8 Kootenay Lake Trades Training and how students are funded in programs across the district, in response to a trustee inquiry made at the last board meeting on June 21, 2022.

Student Trustee Program

Director of Instruction – Innovative Learning Services Ben Eaton presented information about the SD8 Student Trustee Program that demonstrates the importance of student leadership and the contribution students make to the learning process. Student trustees may serve up to a two-year term beginning in their grade 11 year and two student trustees will represent each high school in SD8. To be selected as a student trustee, the student must be an SD8 student, in Grade 11 or 12 in the year they serve as trustee and have parental/guardian consent.

Capital Operations Projects Fall Update

Director of Operations Chris Kerr provided an update to the board about projects completed as part of the Capital Operations Plan. Contractor and staffing shortages, higher costs and shipping delays were among the challenges that led to reduced project scope and longer timelines for some projects. Nonetheless, the district completed multiple projects over the past summer.

Facility Ventilation Systems

Director of Operations Chris Kerr presented information about SD8’s ventilation systems. Following the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Education’s current Provincial COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for K-12 Settings, SD8 has investigated and developed an overview of the HVAC systems in all of its schools and facilities. SD8 will continue to meet provincial recommendations by installing MERV-13 level filters where applicable and exceeding recommended fresh air intake levels. The estimated cost to the district to upgrade these systems to include MERV-13 filters is $45,760 / year.

New Special Purpose Funds 2022-2023

Secretary-treasurer Johan Glaudemans outlined two new special purpose funds provided by the Ministry of Education and Child Care to SD8 for 2022-2023:

  • $175,000 to expand child care on school ground through and Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Capacity fund. The funding is to be used to fund a leadership position or position(s).
  • $553,554 through the Student and Family Affordability Fund to assist families with rising food costs and costs of goods and services.

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.