The Vancouver School Board is teaming up with BCIT and the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at enhancing career and training opportunities for young skilled workers interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
Admiral Seymour Elementary in partnership with Keefer Street Pre-School and the Ray-Cam Cooperative will be commemorating their newest program addition to Seymour’s school ground. The new StrongStart program offers a high-quality early learning program that has proved to be successful amongst families and caregivers. The program operates at no cost to families.
Last night the Vancouver School Board passed a motion calling on both regional and national media to follow best practices outlined by the Canadian Psychiatric Association when reporting on the sensitive issue of teen suicide within British Columbia.
Vancouver’s newest school will soon be given a permanent name. The Vancouver School Board is reaching out to the community to help find a name for the West Side school currently known as ‘Acadia Road’. Located near UBC, the new school is currently undergoing construction and is expected to open its doors to students in the fall of 2014.
In the lead up to another challenging budget year, the VSB has asked for and received a report from PwC on recommendations on potential revenue sources and cost savings to help reduce the Board’s projected $8 - 8.5 million funding shortfall this year.
The Vancouver School Board is committed to ensuring that costs are kept to a minimum following the Ministry of Education’s direction to all school districts earlier this month requiring them to generate and distribute report cards even though they will be without marks during the current teachers’ job action.
Last night the Planning and Facilities Committee of the Vancouver Board of Education received a preliminary draft report from Coriolos Consulting outlining the current seismic risks facing many of the district’s oldest schools. The assessment detailed three options for each school and provided preliminary estimated costs required to seismically upgrade, renovate and/or replace 48 aging schools.
The Vancouver Board of Education should not consider the closure of five elementary schools at this time according to one of nine recommendation from senior staff in the Administrative Report: Public Consultation on School Closures and Recommendations to the Vancouver Board of Education.
Vancouver School Board Chair Patti Bacchus is pleased to hear the province will fund the teachers’ provincially negotiated salary increase and reinstate at least for 2010-2011 the Annual Facilities Grant that was canceled last August, but warns the district still faces $17.6 million in unfunded costs.
Eight hundred teachers in the Vancouver school district will be receiving letters today advising them of possible layoffs and requesting they update their qualifications on file with the Vancouver School Board.