New Year’s Message from the Board Chair

I’m pleased to share with you this New Year’s message on behalf of the North Vancouver Board of Education. As Chair Stratton notes, we have much to look forward to as a School District in 2012. Welcome to the New Year!

January 3, 2012

Welcome to the New Year: A message from the Chair

On behalf of the North Vancouver Board of Education, it’s my pleasure to extend these New Year’s greetings and reflect upon several indicators of revitalization and renewal that we are experiencing in the School District.

In September, we were honoured by a visit from Education Minister George Abbott to celebrate the reopening of Ridgeway Elementary. Minister Abbott will be returning to our School District in January for a ground-breaking ceremony for the heritage restoration of Queen Mary School. Meanwhile, our construction projects for Carson Graham Secondary, the Environmental Learning Centre and the Education Services Centre and Artists for Kids Gallery are on schedule for completion this year.

As a Board we are proud of the work our staff has done to create a new District Learning Centre and Community Learning Program to provide specialized support for students with diverse learning needs. This initiative is reflective of our commitment to the concept to personalized learning that resonates with students as individual learners.

With regards to the current BCTF job action, we understand parents have concerns, particularly around the reporting of student progress. We are fortunate in our school district to have many channels of communication to maintain open contact, including emails, blogs, the Synervoice system and for updated news and information. I would encourage you to continue to access these channels, and maintain contact with your child’s teacher regarding their needs and progress.

In December, we welcomed a new Board of Education to serve the School District for the next three years. With every Board comes a breadth of perspectives and experiences to provide good governance in our School District. With the School District’s 10-year Strategic Plan now in place, supported by a 3-year operating plan, we have the foundations and direction for parents, staff and community members to support student learning and student success. It is an honour for every trustee to represent our community and serve students and we look forward to the work ahead.

On behalf of the entire Board: Lisa Bayne; Barry Forward; Cyndi Gerlach; Mike McGraw; Christie Sacré; Susan Skinner and myself, I wish you an educational and successful 2012.


Franci Stratton