Serving and Supporting BC’s Boards of Education

Media Release: BC School Trustees Respond to the 2019 Provincial Budget

[Vancouver, BC – February 19, 2019] Today’s provincial budget has once again delivered a stable year ahead for British Columbia’s 60 public school districts by funding growing student enrollment as well as the school buildings needed to house them. The British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA) supports this significantly increased spending on K-12 public education

Media Release: BCSTA Responds to BC Government’s Speech From the Throne

[Vancouver, B.C. – February 14, 2019] Affirmation of the current positive direction for K-12 education in B.C. is the theme of this week’s provincial speech from the throne, in the opinion of BCSTA President Gordon Swan. As stated by Premier John Horgan in a subsequent press release, “People deserve the opportunity to build a good

Media Release: BCSTA and Ministry of Education Sign Updated Memorandum of Understanding

Minister Rob Fleming and BCSTA President Gordon Swan sign the 2018 MOU

[Vancouver, B.C. – December 3, 2018] On Friday, November 30, President Gordon Swan of the British Columbia School Trustees Association and the Province’s Minister of Education, the Honourable Rob Fleming, signed an updated memorandum of understanding between BCSTA and the Ministry of Education as part of BCSTA’s academy program. The MOU acts as an agreement

Media Release: BCSTA Pleased After Government’s EHT Announcement

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[Vancouver B.C. – July 4, 2018] On Wednesday, July 4, the Ministry of Finance released an announcement regarding implementation of the new Employer Health Tax (EHT), as part of the next steps toward the elimination of Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums and transition to the EHT.  The announcement stated: “The transition to the EHT includes funding

Media Release: BCSTA Responds to Government’s Investment in Educational Leadership

Speaker at conference

[Vancouver B.C. – June 13, 2018] The British Columbia School Trustees Association is very supportive of the government’s recent move to invest more in the development of leaders within the K-12 public education system. The Association also looks forward to working with the sector’s various partner associations, along with government, to create a leadership development framework.

Media Release: Response to Playground Equipment Program Announcement

signed agreement with BC Ministry of Education

[Vancouver B.C. – May 8, 2018] The British Columbia School Trustees Association is pleased to see the government investing in local school and communities with the announcement of the Playground Equipment Program. The program will see the province investing $5 million into new playground equipment for schools every year. “Students, parents, school staff and local community

Media Release: BCSTA Installs New Board of Directors

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[Richmond B.C. – April 28, 2018] The BCSTA held their 114th Annual General Meeting at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, B.C. during which the membership voted for the 2018-19 board of directors. The following candidates were successfully elected to the board. President: Gordon Swan – SD58 (Nicola-Similkameen) Vice-President: Stephanie – Higginson SD68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith)

Media Release: BCSTA Responds to Maintenance Funding Announcement

[Vancouver, B.C. – March 27, 2018] The recent announcement of $198 Million in maintenance funding for school districts was positively received by the British Columbia School Trustees Association. “BCSTA has strongly advocated for quite some time that the government provide local boards of education and schools with the additional funds needed to appropriately address concerns