New school year funding and curriculum changes

North Peace Secondary School. File photo

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As it gears up for another school year, the Peace River North School District has already stopped collecting student transportation fees which will be one of the issues before trustees at their next meeting on Monday.

Superintendent Dave Sloan says the board is now looking to access new funds on offer from the province and upon successful application the bussing fees will be rescinded.

Mr. Sloan also says it’s still too early to make any definitive projections on student enrolment, and in what is another economic downturn year, “The number of for sale signs is alarming.”

However he also says.

The district has ten new portables and is coming off a school year when the enrolment was projected to rise, by about 80 students, but the final increase was close to four hundred resulting in a total of roughly 5700.

Meantime, province wide, in addition to new funding, the Ministry of Education is also rolling out a new curriculum, with personalized learning at the heart of the changes.

While still teaching the basics, the new curriculum will encourage students to learn in their own way and aims to connect them to the real world.

Kathy Puharich, is the Director of Instruction, for the largest and fastest growing school district in the province, the one in Surrey.

As reported earlier, the new curriculum will include aboriginal perspectives, new content on the history of East and South Asian immigrants, and a renewed emphasis on environmental sciences.