After collaborating with District staff and school finance clerks we have a newly established PAC Gaming Revenue - Recommended Process in place throughout SD61. The hope is to reduce any possible triggers for Gaming Audits and to be more compliant with the expectations on PACs especially when it comes to gaming event proceeds. We recommend adopting a means to communicate with the school office what events funds can pay for according to your event license application and a copy of your budget to facilitate this process. If you have any questions about this recommended district process please email Audrey Smith VCPAC president or
Monday, August 29, 2016
VICTORIA, BC – Responsive to preliminary water testing completed in June noting elevated lead levels in some schools, every school in the Greater Victoria School District will have new filter systems in at least two of the highest use fountains, all staff rooms, and all cooking facilities, prior to students and teachers returning to school in September. The remainder of required upgrades will continue on a prioritized basis through September and be completed by the end of October.
It was initially thought that most fountains would need to be replaced, however it was determined that in many cases, filtration systems could be added to the impacted water fountains and sinks at a lesser cost while effectively addressing the elevated levels of lead. In addition to new filters, the established routine of flushing water systems three times per day, will continue across all schools until all filters have been installed. Fountains or sinks not yet upgraded will be clearly marked for students and staff.
A program and budget for system wide testing of all schools and necessary upgrades was approved by the School District Board in June upon receiving preliminary testing results. The program remains within the approved budget of $200,000.
Testing by an independent environmental consultant, Goode Environmental Services, recommended by Island Health, has now been completed in all 47 schools. The detailed results are available on the District website.
The Greater Victoria School District is proud to provide quality education for approximately 19,000 students in 27 elementary schools, 10 middle Schools, and seven secondary schools. Each year, over 650 adult learners register with our Continuing Education Program. Our District also offers a variety of programs of choice and two elementary schools of choice.
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Almost $15 million will make transportation more affordable and accessible for B.C. families https://news.gov.bc.ca/11715
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:15 PM
Students and families throughout B.C. will soon have access to expanded and
more affordable transportation options thanks to $14.7 million, under the new
Student Transportation Fund. Education Minister Mike Bernier made the announcement with school district officials today at the Dawson Creek school board office. School districts can apply for the funding to help parents with transportation costs and services, whether they use the usual yellow bus program or work with local transit operators.
The handful of districts that currently charge families a transportation fee for a student’s local or catchment area school must eliminate those fees to be eligible for the funding. All districts need to use the funding for transportation services to be eligible.
Funding can also be used in a variety of ways, including:
• improving service by adding new or amended routes;
• improving access to local transit services;
• providing accessible services for students with disabilities;
• reducing ride times;
• boosting student safety by relocating bus stops and improving bus supervision; and,
• funding existing transportation services and investing the savings in enhanced student services.
To be eligible for funding, districts must submit a plan to the Ministry of Education by Sept. 30, 2016, outlining how they will use the funding to boost transportation services for students and families. Districts will hear back shortly after they submit their applications on how much funding they will receive.
The amount of funding a district is eligible for is based on a formula tied to the Ministry of Education’s student location factor, which is used to determine the rural makeup of a school district. Districts will also be required to report back on the outcomes and the benefits they achieved as a result of the funding.
As a result of B.C.'s strong economic growth and fiscal discipline, government is able to make key investments like the Student Transportation Fund to improve the lives of British Columbians.
Mike Bernier, Minister of Education –
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Education
“As a parent in a rural community, I know about the challenges of getting kids to school on time and then getting them home at the end of the day. This funding will help districts provide better bus and transportation services at lower costs to parents.
“This past June, government returned $25 million in administrative savings to districts – and many of them had found those savings in their transportation money. With close to $15 million more funding flowing to districts parents will see districts enhancing services and eliminating fees.”
Pat Pimm, MLA for Peace River North –
“I am extremely pleased that Minister Bernier and the ministry have found a way to fund busing for the constituents in my riding. This is an issue that I have been working very hard on and I am extremely pleased we have got it over the goal line.”
John Bird, president of BCCPAC –
“We welcome today’s announcement that the province is stepping up to eliminate fees and boost transportation services. It is an acknowledgement that parents should not be financially responsible for transportation and addresses some of the inequities faced by families living in suburban and rural areas.”
Richard Powell, board vice chair, Peace River South School District –
“We’re pleased that the minister was able to change the way transportation is funded because it means we can operate our bus systems more efficiently and in ways that better support rural students in the public school system.”
Ida Campbell, board chair, Peace River North School District –
“We’ve been working on this issue for a long time and this is great news for parents. Transportation is vitally important in a rural area like ours and we are excited to be able to eliminate fees for busing thanks to this money from the provincial government.”
• The Student Transportation Fund builds on government’s recent investments to further strengthen B.C.’s education system and support student learning, including:
◦ $25 million of administrative savings returned to school districts to invest in students;
◦ $2 million Rural Education Enhancement Fund to help keep schools open;
◦ $28 million to ensure enrolment increases and labour settlements are covered; and,
◦ $6 million to train teachers on coding and new curriculum and to buy computers.
New Student Transportation Fund to benefit parents and students
The Province is investing almost $15 million under the new Student Transportation Fund to make
school transportation more affordable and accessible for B.C. families and students.
All school districts are encouraged to apply for the funding. To be eligible for funding, districts
must submit a plan to the Ministry of Education by Sept. 30, 2016, outlining how they will use the
funding to boost transportation services for students and families.
Districts are eligible for up to the following amounts:
5 Southeast Kootenay – $361,459
6 Rocky Mountain – $369,399
8 Kootenay Lake – $419,602
10 Arrow Lakes – $42,675
19 Revelstoke – $49,847
20 Kootenay-Columbia – $242,977
22 Vernon – $361,094
23 Central Okanagan – $600,000
27 Cariboo-Chilcotin – $739,024
28 Quesnel – $274,209
33 Chilliwack – $329,456
34 Abbotsford – $253,969
35 Langley – $260,000
36 Surrey – $72,999
37 Delta – $41,933
38 Richmond – $21,608
39 Vancouver – $53,423
40 New Westminster – $6,073
41 Burnaby – $24,841
42 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows – $185,990
43 Coquitlam – $81,641
44 North Vancouver – $40,566
45 West Vancouver – $84,722
46 Sunshine Coast – $380,465
47 Powell River – $91,754
48 Sea to Sky – $265,534
49 Central Coast – $80,277
50 Haida Gwaii – $149,851
51 Boundary – $153,588
52 Prince Rupert – $117,597
53 Okanagan Similkameen – $209,099
54 Bulkley Valley – $163,737
57 Prince George – $687,663
58 Nicola-Similkameen – $170,292
59 Peace River South – $441,458
60 Peace River North – $425,785
61 Greater Victoria – 20,027
62 Sooke – $358,365
63 Saanich – $280,000
64 Gulf Islands –$328,264
67 Okanagan Skaha – $167,035
68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith – $244,630
69 Qualicum – $426,341
70 Alberni – $71,717
71 Comox Valley – $421,375
72 Campbell River – $316,860
73 Kamloops/Thompson – $666,817
74 Gold Trail – $366,932
75 Mission – $188,900
78 Fraser-Cascade – $184,576
79 Cowichan Valley – $283,524
81 Fort Nelson – $32,744
82 Coast Mountains – $557,786
83 North Okanagan-Shuswap – $561,925
84 Vancouver Island West – $57,593
85 Vancouver Island North – $118,179
87 Stikine – $51,181
91 Nechako Lakes – $503,247
92 Nisga'a – $130,091
93 Conseil scolaire francophone – $150,415
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The Vancouver Island Parent Conference is the largest regional parent education event in the province. The committee is looking for new members to help do the work of planning this popular event. Any parent interested in joining the committee please send your contact information and a short description of what you hope to do on the committee to: