High lights from September 19th Meeting.
At the September 19, 2012 Meeting of the Coast Mountains Board of Education, trustees and the public in attendance heard from senior students of Mount Elizabeth Secondary School who attended the 2012 Summer Cultural Camp that took place from July 21 to 30, 2012 in Beijing, China.
Fifty secondary students from B.C. between the ages of 14 to 18 were invited by the Beijing International Education Exchange in affiliation with the Beijing Municipal Education Commission and in partnership with the British Columbia Council for International Education. A PowerPoint presentation recapped their visit to Beijing which illustrated the variety of cultural student activities they took part in. A fascinating and enriching experience!
Trustees then proceeded through their meeting agenda that included the following items:
-authorized the transfer of $600,000 from the 2011-2012 Operating Surplus to Local Capital Reserves;
-approved the 2011-2012 Audited Financial Statements Version: 5310-4564-2852 for submission to the Ministry of Education;
-approved the request to the Minister of Education to carry forward $274,704 surplus in Aboriginal Education targeted funds to the 2012-2013 fiscal year;
- adopted the Capital Project Amendment Bylaw No. 126353 relating to Playground Equipment
On June 21, 2012, the Provincial government announced the third and final phase of the government’s $8 million playground equipment program.
Kitwanga Elementary School was eligible for Phase 3 funding and received $50,000 towards a playground replacement.
The three schools within the district that qualified on September 2, 2011, for the allocation of funds under this program for 2011/12 included:
$50,000 each to Mount Elizabeth and Skeena Middle Schools for new playground equipment and,
$12,000 PAC reimbursement to Cassie Hall Elementary School;
- directed staff to begin planning to engage trustees with members of the school communities in Kitwanga and Hazelton in conversations about how the district can best meet the learning needs of their children in their cultural context. These conversations will take place on a timeline that makes actions resulting from what the Board learns to be implemented for the 2013/2014 school year;
Trustees enjoyed the Mount Elizabeth Middle School Open House held on August 30, 2012 and the Skeena Middle School BBQ held on September 7, 2012 welcoming students back to school. Both these events reflected the enthusiasm and excitement with the introduction of the Middle School Program this school year.
Further information on meeting proceedings can be obtained by contacting the School Board Administration Office at 638-4401 or from the district site at www.cmsd.bc.ca