School board going to school

  • Oct. 31, 2003 2:00 p.m.

The school board is going to school, and it’s going to cost about $9,000.
Trustees-all six of them-have decided to go to the three-day BC School Trustees academy in Vancouver, between December 4 and 7, and to take two members of the administration with them, for a total of eight people. With airfares, hotel accommodations etc, that’s expected to cost about $9,000, a significant chunk of the boards annual travel budget, which is about $28,000.
Acting chair Wayne Wilson said that the academy offers a lot that will benefit the board, while Sandspit trustee Gail Henry said trustees have not all gone to the academy for many, many years, and they think it’s money well spent this year.
The academy, mid-way through the trustees’ terms, will focus on helping trustees ensure they are improving student achievement in the district and communicating that improvement to the community. It includes sessions on meeting student needs, aboriginal education, influencing public opinion and more.