Public goods should be funded by public money through sufficient taxes to provide optimum operation. Both public education and public health – hospitals – are critical public goods, yet both are dependent on fundraising or the  personally favoured  cause of  wealthy philanthropists. Education and hospitals should not have to turn to bake sales and golf tournaments   for funding.

SD61 Budget information can be found here. Special Budget Meeting – Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7 p.m. Operations Policy and Planning (OPPS) Committee Meeting –Monday, April 16, 2018, 7 p.m. Special Budget Meeting –  Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 7 p.m., or Comment in writing to  Present: McNally, Nohr, Paynter, Watters, Whiteaker Regrets: Board Chair Loring-Kuhanga, Orcherton Absent: […]

Aboriginal Education Report: Meetings with Esquimalt and Songhees Educational Dept. / Collaboration and discussion with a common focus / “How are on-reserve students really doing in literacy?”
/ Determining what baseline data is needed and how to begin to collect it / Collecting baseline data to determine next steps
/ Partnering with IT to create a basic framework to input the data efficiently and effectively

1. That the Board give special consideration to the identified Equity Seeking Schools in all discussions of resource allocations, so that these schools may be provided with additional resources.
2. That the Board adopt and fund the recommendations of the District Facilities Accessibility Plan.
3. That the Board fund the application of the Base+ Model for sensory rooms.
4. That the Board fund the application of the Base+ Model for elementary school counsellor allocations.
5. That the Board seek avenues to provide additional support for mental wellness and social- emotional needs at middle and secondary schools.
6. That the Board support standardizing emergency response materials, procedures, and training across the District, so that each school is afforded the same level of emergency preparedness.