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 Recent Board News

Board News for the Meeting of June 17, 2014

Superintendent's Report: District Achievement Contract 2014-2015

Superintendent of Schools Suzanne Hoffman presented a near-final draft of the District Achievement Contract to the Board of Education. The achievement contract must be submitted to the Ministry of Education by July 15th.

Of note this year is the incorporation of the Aboriginal focus document into the main document - the Aboriginal focus document used to be completely separate, then it was added to the achievement contract but as a separate section, until now when it has been fully included. "The District Achievement Contract now reflects responsibility for all students together", said Superintendent Hoffman. Completion rates were addressed as usual in the contract and this year the district has stretched the targets even higher from 88% to 93% for all students (inlcuding Evergreen), to 80% for Aboriginal students and to a potential 80% for special needs students. View the presentation here.


 

 Superintendent's Report: District Literacy Plan 2014-2015

Literacy Outreach Coordinator Kaily Erickson from the Langley Literacy Network highlighted initiatives from the past year and the future goals of the LLN. The District works closely with the LLN via our Instructional Services department, in particular District Teachers Lynie Tener and Kathy Nelson. The purpose of the Literacy Plan is to bring together, coordinate and enhance all the literacy initiatives around early learning, K-12 students, adults and the Aboriginal community in the district (and those around the province). View the presentation here.


 

James Anderson Learning Centre/APEX Transition Planning

James Anderson Learning Centre (JALC) and APEX Secondary are amalgamating and Principal Patrick Thomas provided an overview of the transition plan. Since the move was announced Mr Thomas has met with staff, students and parents to address concerns and challenges. "...fear has turned into excitement", said Mr Thomas in reference to the amalgamation and Superintendent Hoffman thanked Mr Thomas and outgoing APEX Principal Ms. Susanna Eppich noting there has been "...a great team effort". View the presentation here.


 

 New District Logo Unveiled

Superintendent Suzanne Hoffman unvelied a new Langley Schools logo as the District works to incorporate its new vision, mission and core values into its new identity. The logo will be introduced over time and replaced on letterhead and signage as those items are updated and replenished.

Within the choice are the following:

  • An 'L' and 'S' for 'Langley Schools'
  • Green fields
  • Blue and green for the agricultural heritage
  • A river, path or highway
  • A grad cap

The colours of the District will shift from the current pink and blue to blue and green as well as add a highlight orange.


 

Eligibility Requirements for Attending Yorkson Creek Middle School

Student capacity at Yorkson Creek Middle School is about 840 for September (utilizing Neighbourhood Learning spaces). With a current registration of 785 and more expected, plans are in place to reduce potential crowding. One measure is to alter the eligibilty requirements for Yorkson Creek by no longer allowing non-catchment or non-school district students. Parents of non-catchment area and non-school district children attending grade 4 and below in a Willoughby school next year will need to make other arrangements to attend a school for grade 6 outside of the Willoughby area. In short, there will be no room to accomodate non-catchment and non-school district children at Yorkson Creek Middle School for the 2016-2017 school year. It is hoped that this two year notice will allow families to best plan for the 2016-2017 school year.

2014-2015 Annual Budget Bylaw

The District is required to submit an annual budget by June 30th of each year and was submitted for third and final reading, which it passed. The first and second readings were approved at the June 2nd meeting of the Board. The budget amounts to $189,813,931 and conforms to the new PSAB guidelines.

Trustee Election Bylaw No. 2014-01

The Board of Education passed all three readings of the Trustee Election Bylaw No. 2014-01 in order to move forward with the election process. The new bylaw addresses considerations caused by legislative changes in 2011 and 2014. Considerations relate to disclosure of financial information, advanced voting opportunities, access to trustee candidate documents and the use of the bylaws of the municipalities conducting the elections.

Policy No. 7200 - Student Harassment Renamed

Policy No. 7200 - Student Harassment has been renamed Policy No. 7200 - Student Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination. Inclusion for the LGBTQ community has been a priority in the revision of the policy and an emphasis on LGBTQ issues. All discrimination and harassment has been acknowledged and the language of the document has been chosen to be progressive and not easily 'dated'. A ten member writing team made up of a cross-section of staff consulted multiple times with the District Leadership Team, BC School Trustees Association, the LGBTQ Committee as well as existing policies in other districts. Review the presentation here.


 

Staff Report: Secondary School Options

In April of 2014, the Board of Education passed a motion requesting staff prepare a report on options related to a new secondary school in Langley. The report includes numerous options and the District Leadership Team is recommending that a public consultation process be undertaken in the fall to explore these options with the Langley Schools community. A consultation plan would take about 2-3 months to complete and start in September of 2014.

 

 
 

 Recent & Upcoming Board Meetings

9/30/2014 7:00 PM
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10/28/2014 7:00 PM
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 Board Members

Name:School Board Office
Title:General Enquiries
E-mail:
Phone:604-534-7891
 
Wendy Johnson
Name:Wendy Johnson
Title:Chair
E-mail:wjohnson@sd35.bc.ca
Phone:604-888-7786
 
Rob McFarlane
Name:Rob McFarlane
Title:Vice Chair
E-mail:rmcfarlane@sd35.bc.ca
Phone:604-530-8263
 
Candy Ashdown
Name:Candy Ashdown
Title:Trustee
E-mail:cashdown@sd35.bc.ca
Phone:604-309-5440
 
Name:Megan Dykeman
Title:Trustee
E-mail:mdykeman@sd35.bc.ca
Phone:604-763-5019
 
Alison McVeigh
Name:Alison McVeigh
Title:Trustee
E-mail:amcveigh@sd35.bc.ca
Phone:604-534-1293
 
Name:Cecelia Reekie
Title:Trustee
E-mail:creekie@sd35.bc.ca
Phone:604-816-2125
 
Rod Ross
Name:Rod Ross
Title:Trustee
E-mail:rross@sd35.bc.ca
Phone:604-866-6895