Some significant changes taking place in SD 73

Educational issues by school trustee Rhonda Kershaw

What a busy fall it’s been!  Students, teachers and trustees are all settling into the 2012/2013 school year.   There have been significant changes throughout School District 73 in the past few months.

Starting in September, the Board was saddened to see the Brennan Creek school open, but no students in attendance. Board members and School District 73 staff will be working with community members to determine the future of the Brennan Creek school, beginning with a community meeting taking place on Nov. 6, in the community of Brennan Creek.

The other significant change in Barriere schools this fall is the retirement of Phil Janicki from Barriere Elementary at the end of October.  Phil was an excellent principal and I will certainly miss him around the school, as I know the kids will miss his yoyos and magic tricks.  While saying goodbye to Phil though, I am very excited to welcome Shelley Ewashina as the new principal to Barriere Elementary, starting on Nov. 1.

At the Board table this fall we have had the opportunity to attend meetings in both Logan Lake and Clearwater, in addition to our regular meetings at the Board office.  It is always a pleasure to travel to the schools around the District to see the various student presentations and special programs being implemented.

School District 73 is fortunate to have staff at all levels that are constantly pursuing new ways to engage children in learning.

I’m looking forward to a busy winter as the Board reviews the district transportation plan, capital plan and budget, and various education topics.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.

I can be reached by phone at 250-319-7328, or email at: rkershaw@sd73.bc.ca.