Friday, November 6th, 2020
Kootenay Lake School District hosts Virtual Town Hall on Learning
Public education in the Creston Valley is a century old, with generations of families having grown up in the hallways and school classrooms in this region. Old timers still swap memories of one room schools and more recently, the day the high school burnt down in 1980.
Currently the Kootenay Lake School District supports 1425 students and their families and employs 124 staff at five SD8 school locations in the Creston Valley. And on November 17th, the District is inviting everyone to participate in a Virtual Town Hall on Learning.
“The return to school this fall has been very successful. 95% of our students across the district are back in the classroom.” Commented Lenora Trenaman, Board Chair of Kootenay Lake School District. “But it’s important we keep communicating, so that we can better understand the unique challenges our schools face during these times.”
The virtual town hall will be held on zoom, in order to comply with safety protocols and interested participants must register in advance at https://www.sd8.bc.ca/creston-learning. Questions for discussion at the Town Hall can also be submitted in advance when registering online.
“There are so many great things happening in Creston!” exclaimed Superintendent Dr. Christine Perkins. Community collaborations and the establishment of more inclusive education services are providing additional support and capacity building to support youth and families in need. $30K in food equity funding through LINKS for school food programs and $50K through Valley Community Services has been directed to student services support for the PCSS HUB.
Established community partnerships with the College of the Rockies, Town of Creston and the Lower Kootenay Band continue to support all learners on their educational journey. An additional $19K has been allocated to Early Learning initiatives, supporting our youngest learners with the goal to strengthen the transition process to Kindergarten. Support is also now available to students coming from the community of Bountiful, for a successful transition to the high school.
Flooring and ventilation upgrades as well as concrete sidewalk additions and repairs at various school locations are underway this fall and a new lower level renovation at Adam Robertson Elementary (ARES) is now complete, providing the students and staff at ARES a new music area and two new classroom spaces. “Technology upgrades, an expansion at Wildflower and a new Vice-Principal for Homelinks, all will help improve to learning outcomes for our students,” shared Superintendent Perkins.
The safe return to school plan this fall prioritized the health and safety for all the staff and students, requiring additional Custodial and Transportation staff to be hired to support new protocols. Additional mental health support has been made available to staff with Mental Health/Addictions, SafeSchools coordinator and Inclusive education Psychology support being assigned to Creston schools for ongoing and consistent services.
“I grew up in Creston, and this community means a lot to me,” says Trenaman. “I hope that parents and staff will join us for the Virtual Town Hall on the 17th. It will be a wonderful opportunity for our community to listen to one another and keep learning. Always, and especially during COVID-19, we would like to acknowledge the hard-working staff providing for our students’ care and success.”
For more information:
Dr. Christine Perkins | Superintendent & Chief Executive Officer
School District 8 Kootenay Lake
811 Stanley Street, Nelson, B.C. V1L 1N8
About the Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake):
The Board of Education of School District No. 8 provides educational services to numerous diverse communities in the East & West Kootenays, including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel and Yahk. Its dedicated team focuses on providing the best possible educational opportunities for over 5,400 students and their families. Its mission is to focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.