School trustees agree on new wage policy

School District 73 Board also approves ban on those e-cigarettes

By Kamloops This Week

Kamloops-Thompson school trustees have approved a formula that will guarantee their remuneration will go up or down, depending on what school-district staff receive.

A proposal by trustee Gerald Watson that involves a formula of weighted values based on wages paid to teachers, principals and vice-principals and excluded staff was approved at the board’s meeting earlier this week at Haldane elementary in Chase.

Board of education chairwoman Denise Harper said the formula removes the issue of debating trustee-salary increases in the future.

The board of education also approved a change to its smoke-free schools policy to include a ban on electronic cigarettes.

Watson said the devices are starting to show up at schools and, after consultation with Health Canada and the Interior Health Authority, the policy was revised to ban them, as well as all other smoking, on school buses or other vehicles, in school buildings and on school grounds.