Education funding

With close to 1,700 students currently enrolled at Nanaimo District Secondary School, School District 68 staff are exploring options to ease enrolment burden. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district looking at options for addressing overcrowding at NDSS

Close to 1,700 enrolled at Nanaimo’s largest high school, according to staff report

 

Lisa Frey, Cilaire Elementary School principal, left, speaks with Shauna DeBodt and Mark Walsh, SD68 spokesperson and secretary-treasurer, respectively, on Nov. 26, by one of the buttresses added to the school as part of seismic upgrade work. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district shows off newly upgraded Cilaire Elementary

School received $11 million from B.C. government for seismic upgrades and other improvements

 

Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association is recommending against ratification of a tentative deal between the Province of B.C. and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation. (Stock photo)

Nanaimo teachers’ union advising members to vote against new agreement recommended by BCTF

Tentative deal doesn’t adequately address teaching conditions, inflation, says NDTA president

 

While Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools has continued its trend of increasing enrolment, the number of elementary school students is fewer than what had been forecast. (News Bulletin file photo)
While Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools has continued its trend of increasing enrolment, the number of elementary school students is fewer than what had been forecast. (News Bulletin file photo)
Mitchell Miller, CEO of Atlas Power Technologies in Abbotsford, gives a tour of his facility to ministers Ravi Kahlon and Anne Kang on Aug. 24. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Student research gets $8.6M boost from B.C. government

Funding will increase work opportunities while developing ideas, projects around clean energy

Mitchell Miller, CEO of Atlas Power Technologies in Abbotsford, gives a tour of his facility to ministers Ravi Kahlon and Anne Kang on Aug. 24. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
The B.C. government announced a one-time $60-million back-to-school fund Aug. 29. It will be divided between 60 school districts. (Unsplash)

$60M between 60 school districts: B.C. announces one-time back-to-school fund

Each district will receive at least $250,000 to be used at its discretion

The B.C. government announced a one-time $60-million back-to-school fund Aug. 29. It will be divided between 60 school districts. (Unsplash)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ trustees have passed the preliminary 2022-23 school budget. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo school district’s budget includes new support for students on autism spectrum

Nanaimo-Ladysmith trustees approve preliminary budget at May 25 board meeting

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ trustees have passed the preliminary 2022-23 school budget. (News Bulletin file)
Jaclyn Spittle, a parent of a child with autism, said the province’s decision to move to a hub model of care would “rip away” the supports that have made her son self-reliant. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

B.C. families rally in Victoria against changes to support for children with autism

New model a step backward, removes effective individualized care, advocates say

Jaclyn Spittle, a parent of a child with autism, said the province’s decision to move to a hub model of care would “rip away” the supports that have made her son self-reliant. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools has seen enrolment higher than projected, with 14,775 full-time students. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district enrolment sees 415 more students than projected

As anticipated, more Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools students have migrated from distance learning

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools has seen enrolment higher than projected, with 14,775 full-time students. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ business committee is recommending 2021-22 surplus money be allocated for such items as Wi-Fi upgrades at schools. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district to spend surplus dollars on Wi-Fi upgrades, solar panels

$4.7 million in surplus means SD68 can spend on a list of projects and initiatives

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ business committee is recommending 2021-22 surplus money be allocated for such items as Wi-Fi upgrades at schools. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools. (News Bulletin photo)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district passes budget, adds educational assistants

COVID-19 again has an influence as SD68 settles on $173-million budget for 2021-22

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools. (News Bulletin photo)
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Nanaimo school trustees decide not to establish COVID-19 contingency fund

Up to $1.5 million for continued enhanced cleaning and mental health supports had been proposed

(News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ superintendent Scott Saywell at a May 6 press event showing off two new electric school buses. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district shows off electric buses

New buses anticipated to reduce 17 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from SD68 buses

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ superintendent Scott Saywell at a May 6 press event showing off two new electric school buses. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools will write both the governments of B.C. and Canada, seeking a continuation of COVID-19-specific funding for the 2021-22 school year. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo school board to ask governments for continued COVID-19 funding

Trustees eyeing pandemic uncertainty as they plan for 2021-22 school year

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools will write both the governments of B.C. and Canada, seeking a continuation of COVID-19-specific funding for the 2021-22 school year. (News Bulletin file)
Work aimed at mitigating seismic risk, and to improve air quality, is set to begin in June for Cilaire Elementary School in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)

Seismic upgrades proceeding at Cilaire Elementary in Nanaimo

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning work will be done concurrently

Work aimed at mitigating seismic risk, and to improve air quality, is set to begin in June for Cilaire Elementary School in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ district administration centre. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district gets started on new budget amid unknowns

Ministry’s per-student funding increase doesn’t fully cover pay raises for teachers and support staff

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ district administration centre. (News Bulletin file)
Last July, the B.C. government announced Childcare B.C. New Spaces Fund money for 406 child care spaces at Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district facilities. (Stock photo)

Nanaimo school district figuring out how to provide promised child-care spaces

Province funding 400 new child-care spaces located at public schools

Last July, the B.C. government announced Childcare B.C. New Spaces Fund money for 406 child care spaces at Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district facilities. (Stock photo)
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Vancouver Island mom feels the pinch of school fees

‘Where does it stop?’ asks Lisa Hartt

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B.C.’s Minister of Advanced Education Melanie Mark is Indigenous and she grew up in government care. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. announces funding to support post-secondary students with disabilities

The province is investing $275,000 in the new BCcampus website

B.C.’s Minister of Advanced Education Melanie Mark is Indigenous and she grew up in government care. (B.C. government photo)
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools passed a $166 million budget for 2020/21 school year. (News Bulletin file)

COVID-19 considered as Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district passes budget

$200K for coronavirus contingency in Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ 2020-21 financial plan

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools passed a $166 million budget for 2020/21 school year. (News Bulletin file)