Community dialogue sessions collecting ideas
There’s still time for people in School District 69 (Qualicum) to have their say in the community dialogue process to help trustees make decisions around enrolment and budget concerns.
The fourth of seven scheduled public sessions was scheduled for Errington last night (Oct. 27), with sessions planned for Ballenas Secondary Nov. 2, the Coombs Fairground Nov. 5 and Lasqueti Island at a time yet to be announced.
Around 60 people attended the Oct. 24 dialogue at Kwalikum Secondary, including district staff, trustees, facilitators and an array of candidates in the current municipal and school board elections.
Superintendent Jim Ansel said the turnout has been lower than hoped, but the feedback they are getting is excellent.
The process grew out of dissatisfaction with the way an external report was introduced last year that suggested schools could be closed due to declining enrolment.
Designed by an independent committee, the dialogue process is meant as a fresh start, not based on the now notorious report.
Overseen by noted local facilitator Dr. Neil Smith the current process is meant to build on the expertise in the community and find out what resident’s priorities are.
Extensive notes and questions and answers from each session are being put on the district website at www.sd69.bc.ca soon after.
This is the first of three phases, phase two will delve into the options and look in detail at what sort of tradeoffs the community would make based on the priorities from phase one.
The third phase will reflect the input and present a narrowed list of recommendations to the board.
Pre-registration is required to ensure there are enough facilitators and space for the small table discussions so everyone can be included.
Register with the school board office at 250-248-4241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.