School District 60

10112-105 Avenue
Fort St. John, British Columbia
Canada V1J-4S4
Voice - 250 262-6000
Fax - 250 262-6048
After Hours Emergency - 250 785-6781

Tech Services - 250 785-4357

Digmore! – Digital Learning Commons

Digital media objects and resources for e-learning Featured Service Learn360 video service available to teachers and students in schools.

STEAM at Prespatou’s Harmony Lab

School District 60 has numerous options and opportunities that support STEAM education (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics) in all of our schools. Below is a non-comprehensive list of many opportunities that are supported in schools and in district because of Provincial ADST curriculum (Applied Design Skills Technology), partnerships with local, provincial and national bodies, support from teachers, facilities staff, administrators, parents, and our community.

  • Robotics in elementary to secondary (Spheros, Ollies, Lego, VEX)
  • ArtStarts
  • Theatre
  • 3D design and printing
  • Hand tools in schools or available through a travelling trades trailer
  • Hour of Code
  • Maker Days and Maker Spaces
  • Local, Regional, and National Science Fair
  • Genius Hour
  • Gravity Car Competitions
  • SumoBots
  • Spaghetti and Popsicle Bridge competitions
  • Skills BC and Skills Canada
  • Project Heavy Duty
  • Residential Construction
  • And More!

Thank you to our many partners and supporters! If you are interested in supporting any activities, please contact your local school!

Below are some pictures and videos from the Prespatou Harmony Lab where students have an opportunity to participate in many of the above STEAM activities and go beyond!

Declared candidates for the Office of School Trustee in the 2018 General School Election

2018 General School Trustee Election

This fall, province-wide elections will be held for local government representatives and school board trustees. Two officials have been appointed to conduct the election in our School District and they are:

W.K. (Bill) Lindsay, Chief Election Officer

H: (250) 783-5557
E: cygne@pris.ca

Dori Alger, Deputy Chief Election Officer
W: (250) 262-6009
E: dalger@prn.bc.ca

Please contact them for information about the school trustee elections.

School Trustees are elected for four-(4) year terms.

The following persons have been declared as candidates for the Office of School Trustee in the 2018 General School Election:

In Trustee Electoral Area 1
Melanie EDWARDS
of Cecil Lake, B.C.; and
Madeleine Gertrud LEHMANN of Cecil Lake, B.C.

In Trustee Electoral Area 2
David Darren CHRISTIE
of Taylor, B.C.; and
David SCOTT-MONCRIEFF of Fort St. John, B.C.

In Trustee Electoral Area 3
Nicole Lynn GILLISS
of Hudson’s Hope, B.C.

In Trustee Electoral Area 4
Ida Debra CAMPBELL
of Taylor, B.C.

In Trustee Electoral Area 5
Erin EVANS
of Fort St. John, B.C.;
Helen Norma GILBERT of Fort St. John, B.C.;
Darrell Don PASICHNYK of Fort St. John, B.C.;
Jeff RICHERT of Fort St. John, B.C.; and
Bill SNOW of Fort St. John, B.C.

CAMPAIGN PERIOD EXPENSE LIMITS

In accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, for the 2018 general school election, the following expense limits for candidates during the campaign period apply:

  • $5,000.00 for each candidate in Trustee Electoral Area 1, 2, 3 or 4.
  • $10,807.92 for each candidate in Trustee Electoral Area 5.

THIRD PARTY ADVERTISING LIMITS

In accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, for the 2018 general school elections, the third party advertising limit is $750.

For further information on campaign period expense limits and third party advertising limits, please contact Elections BC:  Toll-free phone: 1-855-952-0280

Email: lecf@elections.bc.ca  Website: www.elections.bc.ca/lecf

Trustee Electoral Areas:

Seven trustees form our Board of Education representing five trustee electoral areas described and shown below:

  • Area 1 – includes Cecil Lake, Goodlow and Clayhurst – one (1) trustee;
  • Area 2 – includes Prespatou, Buick, Rose Prairie, Doig RiverFirst Nation, Blueberry River First Nation, North Pine, Montney and Wonowon (east) – one (1) trustee;
  • Area 3 – includes the District of Hudson’s Hope, Upper Cache, Tsay Keh Dene Nation and Williston Lake – one (1) trustee;
  • Area 4 – includes the District of Taylor, Baldonnel and Two Rivers – one (1) trustee; and
  • Area 5 – includes the City of Fort St. John, the Upper Halfway, Halfway River First Nation, Wonowon (west), Charlie Lake, Pink Mountain and north to Mile 225 on the Alaska Highway – three (3) trustees.

For a larger PDF version of the above map click here – https://www.prn.bc.ca/wp-content/SD60_Electoral_Areas.pdf

Key dates for this election are set out below:

Election period Monday, January 1, 2018 – Friday, September 21, 2018
Nomination period – this is when nominations for trustee can be accepted. Tuesday, September 4, 2018 – Friday, September 14, 2018
Campaign period – this is when election campaigning takes place and related expenses during this time are recorded. Saturday, September 22, 2018 – Saturday, October 20, 2018
General Voting Day Saturday, October 20, 2018
Campaign financing disclosure statement filing deadline Friday, January 18, 2019
Campaign financing disclosure statement late filing deadline with $500 late filing fee Tuesday, February 19, 2019

There is a British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA) and its mission is to support and advocate for effective public boards of education in this province. The BCSTA’s will be hosting a Trustee Academy in Vancouver from November 20th to December 1st, 2018; and a New Trustee Academy in Vancouver from January 25th to 26th, 2019. Our School District is very committed to supporting its trustees to attend these learning events. In addition, plans are in the works for our School District to have a local one or two-day event on Governance.

The BCSTA has published A Guide for School Trustee Candidates and it can be downloaded by clicking on this link: http://bcsta.org/resources-and-services/trustee-elections-2018/

For answers to questions about board of education elections, please contact:

Ministry of Education
Legislation, Policy and Governance Branch
Telephone: (250) 387-8037
Email: educ.governance.legislation@gov.bc.ca

www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/administration/legislation-policy/school-trustee-election-procedures

For answers to questions about election advertising, third party sponsors and campaign financing disclosure, please contact:

Elections BC
Telephone: (250) 387-5305
Toll-free: 1 (855) 952-0280 / TTY 1 (888) 456-5448
Fax: (250) 387-3578
Toll-free Fax: 1 (866) 466-0665
Email: lecf@elections.bc.ca

www.elections.bc.ca/lecf

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has provided a webpage for local government elections – www.gov.bc.ca/localelections. Although the focus is on municipalities and regional districts, there is some overlap for school districts. Brochures are available at municipal and regional district offices and can be downloaded via the above-noted website.

Although each Trustee is elected as a representative from one of the five areas noted above, they operate as a Board which is committed to reaching and supporting group decisions. The Board establishes policies and enacts bylaws for the operation of schools and programs under its jurisdiction. There are usually two regularly scheduled meetings each month, but trustees are also appointed to committees and there may be additional meetings to conduct committee business.  The following URL is a link for scheduled 2018 – 2019 meeting dates: http://district.prn.bc.ca/mod/resource/view.php?id=1521

School Trustees do not become involved in the specific operations of each school.  Questions from parents or the public about such matters should be referred to the applicable Principal/Administrator or the Superintendent of Schools.

The Board assigns individual trustees to be liaisons with schools and their respective Parent Advisory Committee (PAC).  It is attempted to apportion these assignments equally, so the average is three schools per trustee.

School District #60 trustees receive an annual indemnity of $13,045 that is paid monthly.

 

The Notice of Election was posted previously at https://www.prn.bc.ca/?p=3729

Inclement Weather and Busing Info

In School District #60 our schools are open in inclement weather even when buses do not run. Safety is the paramount reason. We want to ensure that any student who arrives at the door is welcomed inside. Many students in our district ride school buses every day. Bus drivers will not operate their buses if they feel that it would be unsafe to do so. In most cases, bus cancellations will be decided on a route-by-route basis in consultation with the Transportation Supervisor. Each route, in our large district, has unique road conditions as well as unique weather.

By policy, drivers will contact families if their route is cancelled. Please make certain that transportation and your school has up to date contact information for your family.

Parents make the decision about whether their child will attend school during inclement weather.

When Environment Canada forecasts extreme temperatures all students are reminded to dress in layers and dress warmly. Students taking the school bus or city transit are reminded that buses may be a few minutes late due to driving conditions, so please ensure you are dressed properly for the weather. Parents may wish to wait with their child at the bus stop until the bus arrives.

Anyone driving to school during inclement weather should allow extra time for travel. Slow down and arrive safely at your destination.

Bus cancellations affecting most of or the entire district will be be posted to www.prn.bc.caTwitter, and Facebook. Individual route cancellations are communicated by the driver to families.

For bus registration information please see http://www.prn.bc.ca/transportation/

Trustee Election Nomination Period Ends Friday, September 14th, 2018

There are only a handful of days left in the Trustee Nomination Period!

Please see https://www.prn.bc.ca/?p=3729 for more information if you are interested in running for a Trustee position on the Board of Education in the upcoming election.

School Zones: Raise Your Right Foot for Student Safety!

School speed zones are back in effect on Tuesday, September 4th! In school zones please slow to 30km/h from 8am-5pm on school days and watch for excited kids that may not be watching for you!

Decreasing your speed to 30km/h will only increase your commute a minute or less and help to protect our kids. Will you take a minute to help keep our kids safe?

For more information on back to school safety please see the BC RCMP Back to School Infographic at – http://bc.cb.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=2075&languageId=1&contentId=43213#description