Serving and Supporting BC’s Boards of Education

Advocacy: Minister of Education Rob Fleming to Boards of Education RE: Long-Range Facilities Plans

[Received April 12, 2019] “I am pleased to bring your attention to the Ministry of Education’s new approach to long-term capital planning for boards of education. The Ministry’s guidelines for the development of Long-Range Facilities Plans (LRFP) for school districts have undergone a significant revision from the initial version that was produced in March 2017 under the previous administration.”

Spotlight on Students: School Student Experiment Going Into Space

School District 69 was invited to participate in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — and students from Ballenas Secondary responded.  In fact, their experiment was judged to be worthy of being sent into space this summer!  Their project, called Investigating the Growth Patterns of Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) Sprouts in Microgravity: A Potential Nourishment for Future Manned Spaceflight is intended to inform further space flights about feeding astronauts. 

BCSTA Leadership Series

In the book “Vanishing School Boards: Where School Boards Have Gone, Why We Need Them, and How We Can Bring Them Back” Patrick Rice asserts “school boards keep the public in public schools, have a positive effect on student achievement, function as trustees over district resources, and serve as advocates for public schools.” He backs up these claims with research and experience. Fortunately, in British Columbia, there is significant buy-in to this assertion, and the recent signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the BCSTA and the Ministry of Education is concrete acknowledgement of the value of boards in our province.