Vancouver Enrolment Meets or Exceeds Projections

Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2008 11:11 AM
Subject: Student Enrollment

I am writing to advise that, since receiving up-to-date student enrollment figures from all schools and programs as of Tuesday, Sept. 23rd, and Friday, Set. 26th, it has been determined that our enrollment has either met or positively exceeded our projections in the wide majority of enrollment categories. This is good news for our district as our funding and operating budget – ie. our financial stability – depend directly upon the accuracy and fulfillment of our projections.

At this time, I would like to thank all school administrators, support and teaching staff, and all district personnel who were responsible for ensuring our enrollment was fully accounted for.

A detailed report on enrollment is being prepared and will be presented to Committee V in the near future.

Thank you.


Chris Kelly
Superintendent of Schools
Vancouver School Board (District No. 39)

Does youthful activist have what it takes to be a trustee?

Young activist among COPE school board candidates

Some might wonder why a young man in the bloom of his youth would want to spend the next three years toiling away as a trustee on the school board.

But for 24-year-old Alvin Singh, nominated by COPE this past Sunday as a candidate for the board, it’s a no brainer.

“I don’t consider three years of being a school board trustee to be a waste of some of the best years of my life,” said Singh. “It’s really, really important actually. Especially now.”

Vancouver Secondary Teachers Endorse 8 candidates from COPE and Vision

The final endorsements of the secondary teachers is out -they went with a set of eight trustees: all five COPE candidates plus three of four Vision (Bacchus, Clement, Lombardi). Controversial school trustee Sharon Gregson was not endorsed: “guns and schools don’t mix,” said one observer at the general meeting. That’s a sentiment that I endorse.

(Previous post.)

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Sharon Gregson is also on the Vision Vancouver/COPE slate but not on the union’s list. Guthrie Warman explained: “The issue of Sharon Gregon is that teachers are very leary of someone who has a stated philosophy that everyone should be able to carry a concealed weapon. That is our only issue with her but when that story broke a couple of years ago, we had a great many calls in this office from teachers about our support of her in the last election.”