School Board

Since her election in 2014, Carol and the Coquitlam School District 43 Board of Education have accomplished the following goals, and plan to continue to build on these successes:

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

  • Provided a diverse offering of programs to meet the learning needs of all students including: early learning, trades and career, transitions, EAL, alternative education, aboriginal education, program of choice, gifted, international and others.
  • Supported the needs of inclusion, diversity, equality, student self-assessment and personal learning experiences.  
  • Ensured students have access to learner support services to increase academic, social and emotional development.  
  • Welcomed refugees and immigrants to our region and ensured all students are treated with respect and dignity.  
  • Supported International Education programs to benefit our entire district and region in many ways including adding personal, social, cultural and economic value to our students, employees, families and businesses community-wide.  
  • Implemented new BC Ministry of Education school curriculum.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Paid off SD43’s remaining debt ahead of schedule bringing further financial stability and ressources to the district.  
  • Approved advancing funds to start and expedite new school construction projects, school additions, hiring of more teachers to support the SCC implementation, technology investment in schools, and other needs. 
  • Approved annual budgets over $300 million that led to funding additional teachers, staff, administrators, clerical and other positions.  
  • Supported and approved funding for CUPE staff to transition to the Municipal Pension Plan, removing required solvency payments.
  • Implemented “incremental multi-year financial planning” strategies that continue financial stability.

CAPITAL PROJECTS

  • The annual Capital Plan was approved which prioritized new schools, seismic upgrades/replacements, and other projects for student safety. For seismic replacement, schools included Ecole Banting Middle, Centennial Secondary, Irvine Elementary, Minnekhada Middle and Moody Middle. New schools include Burke Mountain Middle/Secondary School, Smiling Creek Elementary, Sheffield Elementary and the Educational Learning Centre.
  • Attained government funding for seismic replacement projects, additions and smaller upgrade projects.  
  • Approved funding to increase student spaces to meet enrolment growth in some schools and key regions. Schools included Panorama Heights Elementary, Glen Elementary, Dr. Charles Best Secondary, Westwood Elementary and Blakeburn Elementary. 
  • Expedited new school construction projects by advancing SD43 funding prior to receiving government funding.  
  • Continue advocating to the government for district needs and advancing funds where possible.

ORGANIZATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

  • Approved funding and supported the implementation of a record number of new devices into schools. Nearly 6000 new devices district-wide, including 4000 new laptops and 1500 iPads.
  • Supported and funded the implementation of technology initiatives including enhanced WiFi at schools, a new data warehouse, computational thinking curriculum, adaptive technologies and others to support technology-based learning.

ADVOCACY AND STAKEHOLDERS RELATIONS

  • Enhanced positive and collaborative relations with municipal and provincial governments and elected officials.
  • Advocated to governments (Ministers, MLAs, Mayors, Councils) in support of SD43’s educational and capital needs.
  • Developed more community partnerships with agencies and organizations in support of students needs. 

BUDGET PROCESS

 

The 2014 - 2018 Board of Education devoted more of its operating budget to instruction and less on administration than the provincial average.  Budget processes are collaborative involving many stakeholders including the Board of Education, the District Leadership Team, Teachers, Administrators, Support Staff, Parents and Community Members.  Multiple opportunities are provided for everyone to contribute more input throughout the process at public meetings and online.  

SD43 Budget Process