A major report on safety and security, a review of the school calendar, and a push to revamp and rebuild some schools are in the cards for the final year of the school district’s long-year plan.
Supt. Terry Sullivan delivers an update on his plan to Kamloops-Thompson school trustees during a board meeting Monday night. He will cover off what was completed last year and things he’d like accomplished during the 2013-2014 school year.
“By looking at it, it’s about 95-per-cent complete,” Sullivan said Friday. “Some things are still in progress.”
Leftovers from last year include construction of the NorKam Trades and Technology centre and a review of the school calendar, which Sullivan would like to see completed, he said.
The province gave school districts the ability to set their own school calendars last year. The district’s education committee intends to have the Kamloops-Thompson calendar set for the next three school years by November.
New in the cards this year is a major report on safety and security in the school district that will be delivered on Sept. 24.
“That’s a major piece that will affect all of our buildings,” said Sullivan.
With enrolment declines slowing, Sullivan said it’s time administrators take stock of all facilities. This won’t mean school closures, but upgrades at some, as well as the construction of more buildings.
School board chairwoman Denise Harper said school upgrades and the construction of new facilities is a priority.
Unfortunately, the province hasn’t readily delivered money to the district for more than a decade, she said, adding it took seven years to fund the NorKam trades school.
Sullivan’s report also touches on improving the high-school completion rate, a review of special-education programs and creating a class for children who suffer from severe trauma.