Qualicum school district can’t keep strike savings

Also, secretary-treasurer Erica Bailey submits resignation

School District 69 Superintendent Rollie Koop said the provincial government’s instruction Friday that districts return any money saved during the teachers’ strike is not a surprise.

He said the local districts were allowed to keep 20 per cent of any savings in May and June, but it was understood that the money saved in September would go towards covering the $40 a day promised to parents of students under age 13.

“We feel some expenses we incurred relate to the strike, it would be nice to have some recognition of that,” he said, but they will figure out what it did cost and review their budget.

• Secretary Treasurer Erica Bailey is leaving School District 69.

Bailey became secretary treasurer and chief operating officer in July 2012 and will leave effective December 31, 2014 “to follow her husband to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan where he has taken employment,” according to a news release.

“While this is challenging news for the district, trustees and senior staff support Mrs. Bailey in her decision…” it continues. “Mrs. Bailey has provided sound advice to the Board of Education on all matters and has ensured that adequate resources have been available to ensure top quality programming for students in the District.”

“It is a very difficult decision to leave the district and the Parksville-Qualicum area,” she said. “There are some really exciting developments happening here under the leadership of Rollie and the board. And this is a beautiful place to live. But for family reasons, I needed to make this decision.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach soccer club assists young player in quest to attend elite European academy

Eagles donate $750 to Franks, who plans to further career in Portugal

WATCH: Berwick Qualicum Beach residents back with another music video

Residents and staff dance to ‘Drunken Sailor’ by The Irish Rovers

Virtual Qualicum school district meeting includes talk of return to class, masks and more

SD69 to hold town hall discussion featuring questions from parents

‘Don’t kill my mom’: Ryan Reynolds calls on young British Columbians to be COVID-smart

‘Deadpool’ celebrity responds to premier’s call for social influence support

Captain Horvat’s OT marker lifts Canucks to 4-3 win over Blues

Vancouver takes 2-0 lead in best-of-7 NHL playoff series with St. Louis

Garbage truck knocks down lamp post onto pickup in north Nanaimo

Emergency crews respond to Dickinson Crossing plaza mall Friday afternoon

Widow of slain Red Deer doctor thanks community for support ahead of vigil

Fellow doctors, members of the public will gather for a physically-distanced vigil in central Alberta

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

Taking dog feces and a jackhammer to neighbourhood dispute costs B.C. man $16,000

‘Pellegrin’s actions were motivated by malice …a vindictive, pointless, dangerous and unlawful act’

Racist stickers at Keremeos pub leaves group uneasy and angry

The ‘OK’ hand gesture is a known hate-symbol

Most Read