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Message from the Chair – October 2016

It was a pleasure to have an update at our October 12 Board meeting that our schools are rapidly moving to be models of sustainability.  Many are having "Garbology" days for students to learn how to recycle and reduce waste. In fact, West Sechelt Elementary leads the group in going "garbage free.” That means taking home reusable lunch containers and no garbage creation! Congratulations, students and staff of West Sechelt Elementary School.  What a great way to model the future!

Several schools are also in the final stages of creating community gardens. This has been a goal both for partnerships and enhanced student learning for many years.  Davis Bay Elementary will soon have a greenhouse for gardening, whatever the weather. More evidence of excellent practice in our schools.

An important item for all to review is our draft Long Range Facility Plan (LRFP).  It is now available and was first discussed at the September Operations Committee meeting. The Board hopes to adopt the plan very soon as it will guide our facility decisions for many years. Highlights are the demographic trends showing a shortage of school space in West Sechelt, especially, and some space available in both the Pender Harbour area and Gibsons and surrounding areas.  Our top two priorities for capital upgrades are West Sechelt Elementary School and the Sunshine Building in Sechelt.  In applications to the Ministry regarding capital replacement or upgrading, these two facilities will be our focus.  The LRFP is available on our website.  We urge the community to read it and let us know your thoughts.


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