District Context

SD8 meets the learning needs of about 4700 students within 23 schools. The district serves an area of 55,000 square kilometres which includes the two main population centres of Nelson and Creston, and the surrounding rural areas.

SD8 employs approximately 900 staff. The district’s overall operating budget for 2021–2022 is $73 million.

All SD8 decisions are guided by a clear vision and core values and are based on evidence and extensive consultation. District initiatives and resources align with Ministry of Education and Child Care goals. SD8 school plans aim to develop each student’s individual potential to acquire knowledge, skills and abilities. These will help students contribute to a healthy society, and a prosperous and sustainable economy.

The Enhancing Student Learning Report reflects the district’s strategic priorities for all learners. These priorities are also guided by SD8’s vision, mission and values, supported by school learning plans.

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