PAC MINUTES MAY 09, 2023
Meeting called to order 6:00 pm
Sherry Desy (President), Tina Etchart (Secretary), Quinn Rooke (Treasurer),
Adrianne Mouland (Principal), Gordon Swan (School Trustee)
Teachers: Krystal Thompson
Parents: Candice Rizzardo
Motion to approve minutes from April 11, 2022 Sherry and Quinn. No edits or omissions found, minutes passed. Motion carried.
PAC Funding Requests
Teacher: Krystal Thompson, representative of the Link Leaders, has brought forward a request for any amount in the range of $900 -$1,800.00 to fund the program. New t-shirts were ordered for the group and the fundraising was anticipated to be a higher return than it was. They hosted a community carnival fundraiser to make this purchase and raise money for the program but only ended up breaking even with the overhead cost of supplies and rentals to host the event. Link Leaders volunteer their time to the community for special events and it helps to have a small stipend to start each year.
School Trustee report: Gordon Swan
Board Meeting will be live streamed tomorrow May 10th will be reviewing budget, Trustees stipend increase policy, childcare pilot program, SD 58 Rocks (promote kids interested in heavy equipment). Last meeting hosted 576 people attending online at different times over the duration of the 2 hour meeting.
-Interviews upcoming for new Principal and VP for Central school
-Highschool Rodeo held this past weekend
-Cameras will be installed over the Summer
-Chiefs of the Valley meeting May 2nd
-Met with Princeton’s Mayor and Council yesterday May 8th. Starting to resume meetings with municipal councils after fires and floods
-Waking up the communities May 5 students from elementary schools attended
-AGM for BCSTA was held April 27-29th. Our small rural district sees John Chenoweth elected with 81% of the ballot and represents us with a seat at the table at a provincial level.
-Ministry of Health approval pending for Childcare before and after school program at Diamondvale School. It has been approved for the Vermillion Forks through the Similkameen Interior Health Authority and Merritt’s approval would come through Kamloops Interior Health Authority. This is a Pilot Program beginning in September 2023 at the Kindergarten level through ECE and EA collaboration. The program will be limited to the catchment of the Diamondvale area before being expanded throughout the district.
MSS Principal’s report: Adrianne Mouland
Some MSS students through our Indigenous Education team travelled to Victoria to visit UVic and see the sights.
SD58 was a partner in the Education and Career Fair that took place at NVIT on April 13th. Jen Denton and Dave Andersen served on the planning committee and brought our Grade 11 and 12 students to participate. There were roughly 60 employers and post-secondary schools present along with many community members there as volunteers or job seekers.
Our mental health speaker series brought in two guest speakers. We hosted Laura Grizzlypaws who spoke to Land Based Education and wellness practices and Justin Brien who addressed depression, anxiety and substance abuse through his personal journey.
Presenters from Kiwet Construction, the company currently building and repairing bridges on the Coquihalla came and spoke to career opportunities and their pathways into the construction industry.
WorkBC Find Your Fit was here at MSS all day in our Multi-Purpose room offering career exploration to students in Grade 8-12. Find Your Fit sets up several kiosks where students are able to learn more about in-demand careers in BC. The flight simulator was particularly popular.
MSS LINK Leaders put on the Spring Carnival for our community. It was well attended by families and was a rewarding experience for our students to play host.
Board has approved interior and exterior cameras to be installed at MSS. A letter to families will go out in coming weeks.
Treasurer’s report: Quinn Rooke
The PAC chequing account sits at $ 290.52
Gaming account balance $3,159.53
Motion to approve the request for funding made by Sherry and unanimously approved in the amount of $1,500.00 for the Link Leaders.
Meeting adjourned 6:31 pm