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Public Feedback: 2022-2023 Draft Annual Budget

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May 16, 2022 - The Board of Education at School District No. 57 (Prince George) considered first and second reading of the 2022/23 Draft Annual Budget at the May 16, 2022 Special Public Meeting.  Third and final reading is scheduled for the May 31, 2022 Public Meeting. The Board would love to hear your input prior to third and final reading.

The total draft budget bylaw for the 2022/23 school year is estimated at $175.5 million and is comprised of three separate funds:

  • The Operating Fund represents 85% of the total annual budget and funds the delivery of education in the district through staffing, programs, supports and services
  • The Special Purpose Funds represent 10% of the total annual budget and are for specific program delivery such as Classroom Enhancement Funding, CommunityLINK, Learning Improvement Funding which all support the delivery of education in the district
  • The Capital Fund represents 5% of the total annual budget and in addition to reflecting the amortization of the Deferred Capital Revenue and Tangible Capital Assets each year also provides funding for the ongoing maintenance of aging facilities

    For the next five years, the priorities guiding the work of the district, and therefore informing budget development will be: 

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Please review the 2022/23 Draft Annual Budget Discussion and the 2022/23 Draft Annual Budget Presentation and provide your feedback at budgetfeedback@sd57.bc.ca or complete the online survey

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School District Calendars

Please refer to the below school district calendars as approved by the Board of Education.

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Honouring Indigenous Language Day

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Hadih. Danachea. Weyt-kp. 

These are the ways hello has been said on School District 57's footprint for thousands of years, in, respectively, the languages of the Lheidli T'enneh, McLeod Lake and Simpcw people – dialects of Dakelh, Tse'Khene and Secwepemctsin.

With that, welcome to a day of special celebration: Indigenous Language Day!

This is a commemorative event for the many mother tongues of the Canadian landscape, and especially important to recognize for those of us in the education field. Consequently, we will be celebrating the value of Indigenous language far longer than just the single day. 

Truth and reconciliation are calls to action for everyone in the national education world. It is a truth that education was used in an attempt to erase Indigenous culture from the colonial view of Canada.

Education was used as an excuse to operate the Residential School system, and education was used as a way to hide the truth from those who didn't know what was going on in those places.

One of the main goals of the Residential School system was to stop the spread of every First Nation's language.

It almost worked. Some Indigenous languages of Canada are indeed lost forever as a result. But many still have fluent speakers and eager learners. In some cases, like here in our school district, those numbers are critically small. That's where we in education can play a part in sparking interest and knowledge once again.

We in School District 57 honour those original languages of our land and the knowledge-holders who can still pass them forward. We can play a vital role in fostering that learning, and in so doing also foster healing…reconciliation. We are so proud that our district's original languages are Dakelh, Tse'Khene and Secwepemctsin.

(Thanks to SD57's own Jennifer Pighin for the greeting graphic. Greatly appreciated.)  

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Raising the B.A.R.: Bystanders Against Racism

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The District Student Advisory Council (DSAC) can now call themselves filmmakers.

The committee of young leaders from schools across the district combined their efforts to shine a light on racism and bias-based bullying. They created four videos that break these issues down into experiential mini-documentaries.

They were officially unveiled on Wednesday night (March 2, 2022) at a ceremony held at Vanier Hall.

The evening included a big-screen viewing of the videos, an introduction by each of the students involved, and a panel discussion that included Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall, School District 57 Superintendent Cindy Heitman, and SD57 Trustee Tim Bennett.

"Biases seep through our pours. It becomes poison to our very nature of being human beings," said Lheidli T'enneh Nation Elder Darlene McIntosh, who opened the event with a prayer and observance. "We need more people to partake, participate and support."

The film series was collectively entitled Raising the B.A.R.: Bystanders Against Racism. Production support was provided by local filmmaker Darrin Rigo.

One of the evening's masters of ceremony, Harsh Dhaliwal, said, during her introduction, "We wanted to impact people through the heart and through storytelling."

Chris Zimmerman, another of the masters of ceremony, explained that the students intended to make only one video, but they came away from the filming process with eight hours of meaningful footage. They wanted to honour and make positive use of all that material, so the scope grew. 

The four parts depict personal stories of students and former students who shared their memories and impressions of prejudice and bias, sometimes with disclosures of personal pain, powerlessness and anger at what they had experienced in local schools.

Katie Marren, School District 57's Vice-Principal of Indigenous Education, said the project gave voice where none had been before. She and DSAC teacher Dylan Clifford did their best to enable the students to do this work, but not interfere with the content, since the youth involved had the most important view.

"This movement is powerful. This movement is transformational," Marren said. "This movement encompasses not only the demand for anti-racism work here in SD57 but also the push for creating spaces across all levels where students can be a part of decisions that are made that directly impact classrooms, schools, and the greater community.

"The role of DSAC historically has been to liaise with the board of education on issues that are important to the student body. This group has taken their role of student voice and moved it into student agency. Not only have they practiced and perfected voicing their concerns and opinions, but they have also created, encouraged, and supported change and transformation.

"Sometimes adults forget to include and listen to those that we need to hear from the most, so please be mindful of ways that YOU can include students and youth in making decisions in whatever role that you have. I'm honoured to learn alongside these incredible humans."

Darlene McIntosh considered the moment a challenge for all the adults in the room. "If our young people can face racism, so can we," she said.

All four can be seen at the School District 57 channel on YouTube or click these links: 

Part 1: "Stories and Experiences" Stories and Experiences

Part 2: "Impact" Impact

Part 3: "Hope and Allyship" Hope and Allyship

Part 4: "For Educators" For Educators

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Giscome Elementary

21840 Upper Fraser Road, Prince George, BC, V0J 3C0 Phone: (250) 568-2204 |Fax: (250) 568-2422 | We respectfully acknowledge that School District No. 57 resides on the unceded ancestral lands of the Lheidli T'enneh First Nations, McLeod Lake Indian Band and the Simpcw First Nation. It is our honour to walk alongside our indigenous communities in educating our students.