School operations in Sicamous remain status quo for the 2016/17 school season

School district enrolment may exceed projections

Sicamous one of the communities projected to see higher enrolment numbers this year.

Summer holidays are virtually over and it’s back to the books.

Classes resume Tuesday in the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District.

“Every year is a fresh start,” said Glenn Borthistle, superintendent, of students entering new grades and reuniting with their friends.

“It’s an exciting time.”

Firm enrolment figures won’t be known until the end of September, but the district is projecting 5,911 students for 2016/17 — down from 40 last year.

However, that scenario could change.

“The reports from registration at all schools are positive,” said Borthistle.

“We had a family show up in Armstrong with 10 kids. We are encouraged by the reports.”

It’s projected enrolment could be down in Armstrong and Salmon Arm, while it may increase slightly in Enderby and Sicamous.

Fluctuations in enrolment, though, can impact the district financially.

If there are an additional 39 students, the district is removed from the Ministry of Education’s  funding protection.

Funding protection doesn’t provide funding for additional students.

“If we are out (of protection), we will receive additional funding per student,” said Borthistle.

While students have been out of class in July and August, schools have been a busy place as regular cleaning is done.

A new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system has also been installed at Hillcrest Elementary while a new library/commons area has been constructed at Carlin Elementary Middle School.

Technology rewiring has also been done at all schools in the school district.

“Our schools couldn’t operate without the good work of our maintenance staff,” said Borthistle.

On tap this year is a new curriculum mandated by the Ministry of Education for kindergarten to Grade 9 (this is a pilot year for Grades 10 to 12).

Students will get hands-on experience in collaboration, critical thinking and communications. The goal is to help students learn by exploring their interests and passions.

“The renewed curriculum focuses on big ideas. The teachers have more flexibility to present those ideas,” said Borthistle.

Also moving into the new school year, district administration will work with trustee Mike McKay to implement the special advisor’s report after the previous board was dismissed by the government.

“We look forward to communicating with our communities,” said Borthistle.

 

Just Posted

Legion bell prank hits sour note

Anger erupts after Summerland Legion member removes bell from Peachland Legion

Former optician guilty of assaulting minor

Sex offence took place in Salmon Arm more than 25 years ago

Kelowna Parkinson’s SuperWalk team donates to local shelter

Good Vibrations donated $300 to Inn from the Cold

Video offers aerial view of future Salmon Arm

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure shares digital rendering of Salmon Arm West project

No snow, mild temperatures for Okanagan-Shuswap

You shouldn’t need your shovels anytime soon

SAR score new machine

Vernon Search and Rescue win Kioti Tractor contest

Vehicle with dog inside stolen from Oliver gas station

A black Honda CRV was stolen from the Oliver Chevron early Sunday morning

Site C decision coming Monday

Premier John Horgan to announce fate of dam project at B.C. legislature

California couple name daughter after Revelstoke

Revy Elle Atashroo was born on Nov. 27. Her name honours the town her parents loved exploring.

VIDEO: Vancouver Whitecaps acquire star striker Kei Kamara

Kamara has 103 goals and 39 assists in 298 appearances over 11 Major League Soccer seasons

Smartphone pedometers underestimate steps, but valuable health tool: study

UBC researchers found the iPhone underestimated steps by 21.5 per cent

VIDEO: ‘Last Jedi’ premiere kicks off with droids, Daisy Ridley

Latests Star Wars film premiered in style ahead of Dec. 15 theatre debut

UPDATE: Poor ventilation likely cause of carbon monoxide incident at B.C. farm

All 42 patients have been released from hospital, according to Delta Fire

Most Read