March 12, 2020 --
The Board of Education for School District No. 57 (Prince George) is committed to working with the public throughout a process of engagement to inform its upcoming decision on how to incorporate Shas Ti into the new school building in the Hart area of Prince George. This comes as a result of the Board approving a motion at its Regular Public Meeting of Feb. 25, 2020 to engage in a process to rename Kelly Road Secondary School.
The Board will collect information on how to honour and preserve the ancient history of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation as well as recognize and preserve the more modern history of Kelly Road Secondary School. Information will be formally collected through a questionnaire and a series of face-to-face engagement sessions.
Dates and locations of public engagement sessions are as follows:
- April 1 – Hart Community (Location TBD)
- April 5 – Hart Community (Location TBD)
- April 6 – Hart Community (Location TBD)
- April 15 – House of Ancestors
Please note, due to public health concerns about COVID-19, dates and locations of these sessions are tentative.
“We will work with you to ensure that your concerns and aspirations are heard and considered in determining how to preserve the past and present in the new school building,” said Board Chair Tim Bennett. “We will issue ongoing updates on the process and participation opportunities and also provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision when it is made.”
The Board of Education will make the final decision regarding the naming of the new school building, under construction on a site adjacent to the current Kelly Road Secondary School, on April 28, 2020.
The public engagement process getting underway was developed by the Engagement Process Working Group over a series of four meetings and has been designed to gather purposeful feedback from the public.
Superintendent Anita Richardson was impressed by the dedication and input of the members making up the working group.
“The working group had a complex job to complete in a short period of time,” Richardson said. “Every individual represented their organization or group with integrity and a positive mindset to create a fair, thorough and mindful process.”