School District boosts Sandspit transportation assistance

  • Feb. 7, 2015 6:00 a.m.

By Rhonda Lee McIsaacHaida Gwaii ObserverSchool District No. 50 has voted in favour of boosting Sandspit’s transportation assistance from $10 to $13 per family. SD 50 made the decision at their regular board meeting in Masset Jan. 27. The increased assistance went into effect this monthThere was also a motion voted upon to investigate the viability of tendering a small van or school bus from Sandspit to Alliford Bay for student travel. The board will review the motion at their next meeting. Tuesday’s discussion was part of the second sitting for the new board. With all trustees present, they breezed through the 94-page package in under three hours.It was approved that 16 students will be taking part in an upcoming Trades Program at George M. Dawson Secondary School. This program aims at introducing the trades to these high school students in two-week periods for 10 weeks. The course will be taught by a Red Seal tradesperson and will also involve other teachers and community members involved in the trades. Students at Queen Charlotte Secondary School will also be traveling to experience this program. Board trustees further accepted a motion to change the graduation date, which many students had lobbied for. There were also 10 field trip applications, which were all approved. Superintendent Angus Wilson addressed the new board and their need for a Visioning Session. This all-day meeting was set for Feb. 28, enabling the board to get acquainted with their roles, the policies and to set priorities for education on Haida Gwaii. Parents, students, and other stakeholder’s views will be heard at an Educational Symposium to be held after the Visioning session. “We’re a team” said board chair, Kim Goetzinger as she concluded the meeting, thanking the dozen people who were present for staying the extra 45 minutes in order to finish.

Just Posted

Wind warning in effect for Haida Gwaii on Wednesday

Environment Canada is forecasting the first significant southeaster of the season

Ørsted drops partnership with NaiKun Wind Energy

A planned partnership between NaiKun Wind Energy and Ørsted is over. In… Continue reading

Election results for Haida Gwaii

Latest results for Haida Gwaii’s civic and school board elections

Crews refloat HaiCo fishing lodge

One month after breaking free from its mooring and grounding on Lina… Continue reading

“Your neighbour has your back”

First responders from Q.C., Skidegate honoured at community dinner

‘She’s charging. Oh God’: Mama grizzly runs at B.C. man armed with shotgun

People online were quick to question – and defend – a man’s decision to shoot a grizzly bear charging him on a Bella Coola front yard

Canada announces $20M fund for women entrepreneurs

New federal program will provide up to $100,000 for female business owners to grow their operations

Vancouver Island man claims falling ice smashed his truck windshield

Man discovered volleyball-sized chunk ice on his truck Saturday, near Nanaimo, B.C.

B.C. vegan butcher to appear on Dragons’ Den

Victoria’s Very Good Butchers will star in Nov. 29 episode

Fast ferries from B.C. spotted in Egypt

Controversial aluminum BC Ferries vessels ’big white elephants covered in dust,’ eyewitness says

Canadian troops, families take shelter in hotel after Florida hurricane

Most of the Canadians were evacuated from the military base before Hurricane Michael

B.C. jury trial hears police-sting audio of man accused of killing girl, 12

Garry Handlen has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of Monica Jack on May 6, 1978.

5 tips to keep trick-or-treaters safe this Halloween

BC Children’s Hospital has a few suggestions to keep Oct. 31 fun

B.C. man gets seven years in prison for baseball-bat attack on Kamloops teen

Kamloops man who beat Jessie Simpson into a coma has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. He was originally charged with attempted murder and assault with a weapon.

Most Read