Having spent the majority of my summer watching in awe as our district staff hustled to ensure a safe and welcoming school year, I must begin my report by showing my appreciation to all staff for their efforts. For those who worked on the preparation as well as those who will be working in the schools with our students tomorrow and onward, I commend you and I thank you! Helping our students, and their families transition into this temporary new normal is no small feat.
I am delighted to report that the board supported the renewal of Superintendent Bocking’s contract for a further five years and compensation increase to align with provincial norms for superintendent compensation. This contract renewal follows an extensive evaluation process that included interviews with nineteen SD46 staff and included DPAC, principals, union representatives, managers and district principals. His efforts over the last few months have been exemplary, and we are so pleased to have his services continue.
Trustees are happily in the process of moving back to the board office for meetings and committees. We are not a school and we are not in each other’s learning group. Therefore, we must follow different protocols and procedures, but we know that we should do our best to practice what we preach. As such, we are following Worksafe BC guidelines for safe use of office space.
School District 46 has approved the renewal of the Third Wave contract (school bus service) for three years, with a transportation review to be completed by the board.
The board knows that this year is going to look a little different; We want to assure everyone that we are doing our best to keep our Mission, Values, and Goals that have our students, staff and community members’ health and welfare first and foremost, at heart.