Terry Fox Run

October 6th

Primary Students will stay on site and participate in cohort runs.

Div. 13 Shinoda & 12 Downs- 9:07 am

Div. 11 Pratt & 10 Hall- 10:04 am

Div. 9 Gadicke & 8 Jones- 10:48 am

Div. 7 Hooper- 1:05 pm

October 8th

Intermediate Students will be running on the following path.

Div. 1 Huntington & 2 Pyle- 10:04 am

Div. 5 Easthope & 3 Kolotylo- 10:48 am

Div. 6 Dell & 4 Reimer- 1:05 pm

A message from our Superintendent

Good morning,

Many of you would have seen the article published by Castanet, yesterday. Our Superintendent, Mr. Peter Jory, has responded to it from both a district and M.V. Beattie perspective. Below is the response in its entirety.

I want to thank our parent community for the support you have shown, but sadly we continue to see a decrease in enrolment. As I have mentioned before, these are difficult decisions. We have come to accept the fact that an effort “to save our division” would be to simply to pass the problem to another community. As a staff, we understand that is unacceptable given that we have lost more students than almost all other elementary schools in our district. While we are saddened by this situation, we are ready to move forward and create adaptations that will continue to show the support and caring that you have come to expect from our school. One thing that has not changed is the commitment we have made to create a great year for your children. I will be sending a letter home tonight with a timeline for these changes and any new developments.

Mr. Jory’s Response:

“The surplussing of teachers is a standard practice whenever there is a mismatch between our staffing as based on projections and the students who actually show up. 

We start considering student enrollment and classroom organization charts as soon as students are in our buildings, then begin to communicate with principals if we see numbers that are concerning. This year, we have had additional volatility in our enrollment, and we were forecasting surplusses in the range of 12-18 teachers, given our district budgets and typical Ministry enrollment procedures. 

With the recently announced flexibility of the Ministry’s transitional enrollment strategy and the infusion of Federal funding which can be used to support online staffing, we are in a much better place and have landed on just three reductions for now, at the schools with the largest enrollment drops. These decisions have limited the impact across the District, but they have come at substantial financial cost. Given the additional expenses required by our District Safety Plan and staffing adjustments mentioned, even with the additional provincial and federal funding in place, we expect to experience significant financial pressures this year. 

In the case of M.V. Beattie, enrollment has dropped significantly below projections so there now more than 30 spaces, even when we count students whose parents who have indicated their interest in returning sometime during the school year. If we do not count those students, which would be our normal practice, the number of available seats approaches 50. The two other schools experiencing a teacher reduction at this time are Shuswap Middle School and Highland Park Elementary. 

The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District has enjoyed several consecutive years of increased enrollment prior to this year, and has added staffing through reorganization of classes each September as a result of those increases.