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 Recent Board News

Board News for the Meeting of September 30, 2014

Secretary Treasurer Recognized

Secretary Treasurer Daivd Green was recognized by his peers at the BC Association of School Business Officials with the Larry Ozero Leadership Award. Board Chair Wendy Johnson presented the plaque and announced the honour to the Board at the start of the September Board meeting. The Larry Ozero Leadership Award  was presented to Mr Green 'For outstanding contributions in the pursuit of the highest professional standards of ethics, competence, and leadership in school district corporate and business administration, and for the promotion of the highest ethical standards amongst and for our members'.



Yorkson Creek Middle School

"An incredible space for learning", said Assistant Superintendent Gord Stewart referring to the newly opened Yorkson Creek Middle School.Principal of YCMS Tim Everson presented a full report on the opening day, the parking woes that have had to be readdressed and the great attitude and atmosphere within the building. Mr Everson went on to praise the administrative team of Deah Paton and Mike Carlyle, the teachers and support staff saying, "'s the people that are going to do it and their attitude that is going to make it happen...[and]...that attitude rubs of on the kids too". Superintendent Suzanne Hoffman also recognized that the admin team and a lot of the teaching staff gave up a lot of their personal time to prepare for the school year at YCMS and many other District schools. View the presentation here.

Superintendent's Report

Superintendent of Schools Suzanne Hoffman presented an update on District activities since the last Board meeting in the spring. There are many changes underway in the District like the new logo roll out and technology plan as well as Ministry of Education changes to the BC Ed Plan and curriculum. View the presentation here.


Collaboration Implementation

Assistant Superintendent Gord Stewart presented information on the the new collaboration implementation plan. The collaboration time involves taking already existing professional development time and re-distributing it into late start days for students. The late starts, as opposed to half days, allows for hour long classes for students and valuable collaboration time for teachers and staff. Mr Stewart believes a this collaboration coupled with other District initiatives make Langley "world class" in our vision, mission and approach to providing the best for students. Mr Stewart goes on to say that research consistently points to collaboration between staff members as the " bang for your buck..." in terms of making a difference in classrooms. View the presentation here.



Preliminary Enrolment Report

Secretary Treasurer David Green provided the Board with a preliminary enrolment report but warned against taking it too seriously at this time. Enrolment is literally changing daily and the numbers in the report were outdated almost the moment they were prepared. The late start to the school year has had an impact on the information gathering and we will know much more in the coming weeks. 


Report on Long Term Facilities Plan Recommendations for Willoughby Slope

"The goalposts have moved" said Board Chair Wendy Johnson in reference to the Province and long term facilities plans for school districts. The Ministry of Education is no longer accepting facilities plans and therefore, not likely funding more schools for the time being. The District will now undertake a consultation process with the families of the Willoughby slope to determine the best course of action to take in regard to the ever increasing need for new schools in the area. Sobering statistics like projecting current students, which excludes all those that may move into the area through new developments, to the year 2020 shows shows YCMS and REMSS at well over capacity. Community consultations are being planned now.


Changes to the 2014-2015 Calendar

The Board passed a motion recommending a change to the dates for semestered schools to 'even out' the fall and spring terms. Schools are making the adjustment around the Province and Provincial Exam schedules have been adjusted also. Details will be forwarded to affected students and families in the near future.

The half day non-instructional day that was scheduled for September 26th has been moved to Friday, February 6th. The original date was much too close to the start of this year's school year.

Learning With Technology Plan

Laptops for teachers, projectors for classrooms and more access to technology are highlights of the Learning with Technology Plan presented by Assistant Superintendent Claire Guy. The goals of the Learning with Technology Plan are to align resources to enhance the goals of the District Achievement Contract which include literacy, numeracy and transitions. View the presentation here.





 Recent & Upcoming Board Meetings

9/30/2014 7:00 PM
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10/28/2014 7:00 PM
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12/8/2014 8:00 PM
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 Board Members

Name:School Board Office
Title:General Enquiries
Wendy Johnson
Name:Wendy Johnson
Rob McFarlane
Name:Rob McFarlane
Title:Vice Chair
Candy Ashdown
Name:Candy Ashdown
Name:Megan Dykeman
Alison McVeigh
Name:Alison McVeigh
Name:Cecelia Reekie
Rod Ross
Name:Rod Ross