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NEWS RELEASE · 12th February 2010
School of Choice Steering Comm
On February 10th, 2010 the School of Choice Steering Committee (SoCSC) celebrated the Coast Mountain School District’s announcement to further accept a detailed proposal for the implementation of an aboriginal School of Choice (SoC) in principle for Terrace. This announcement marks a new relationship between home and school for aboriginal families and their children.

The SoCSC consists of educators, parents, youth and aboriginal community representatives. The goals of the SoC are to improve academic achievement, provide language and cultural education, as well as increase parental and community involvement in education.

”We are celebrating this announcement and applaud the CMSD for accepting the SoC in principle,” said Charlotte Guno, Chairperson. “We look forward to working in partnership with the school district.”

The SoCSC plans to reach into the community to get feedback and ideas for a SoC in Terrace. A detailed proposal will be submitted by the SoCSC in May 2010 to the CMSD Trustees. The submission will outline the policies, philosophies and principles that are unique to this School of Choice.

“We believe in our people and our children. We want to build on what is working. We want our families to know that we believe in their abilities and that education is key to lifelong success,” said Debbie Moore, Co-Chair. “We want our families and children to know that there is a community of support that surrounds them and welcomes them.”

Pictured above are;

L-R: Colleen Austin (Community Member), Marion Laval(Parent Rep), Debbie Moore (Co-Chair, Kitselas Education Coordinator), Charlotte Guno (Chairperson, Kitsumkalum Education Administrator), Christine Eide (Community Member), Dr. Verna MacDonald (Community Member). Missing are Leona Wells (Parent Rep) and Maggie Laval (Youth Rep).