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News: Monday, May 15th, 2017

Board News for May 2017

Below are highlights from the last Board meeting for the Abbotsford School District.

District continues work with Abbotsford Community Services

Representatives from the Abbotsford Community Services (ACS) attended the May 2nd Board meeting to update Trustees on their programs. The district and ACS work together on a number of key initiatives, including:

  • Abbotsford Early Years;
  • Character Abbotsford;
  • In It Together, a youth prevention program;
  • Settlement Workers in the Schools (SWIS);
  • New Beginnings and Abby Dads, a program that supports young families in finishing their secondary education;
  • Star-Fish Program, which has provided over 5,472 meals and 263 backpacks to students in our district; and
  • Volunteer Crossing Guards.

The organization is launching a new initiative, Foundry Abbotsford. Foundry Abbotsford will be a youth-integrated wellness centre for young people (between the ages of 12-24), who can access a variety of base-level wellness and mental health services.
 

Sports Academy Fees passed for 2017-18

The Board of Education approved the Academy Fees for 2017-18, which have been reviewed by the respective parents’ advisory councils. Fees for all academies other than the W.A. Fraser and Yale Hockey Academy will remain the same for the 2017-18 school year.

2017-18 Fees for the following Hockey Academy programs are as follows:

  • Wm. A. Fraser Middle School Hockey Academy (Grade 6 &7) - $1,600 per year
  • Wm. A. Fraser Middle School Hockey Academy (Grade 8) - $1,700 per year
  • Yale Secondary Hockey Skills Academy -$2,500 per year
  • Yale Hockey Academy (U15 Team) - $13,500 per year
  • Yale Hockey Academy (U16 Team) - $13,000 per year
  • Yale Hockey Academy (U18 Team) - $14,000 per year

Fees for the above programs have increased due to the fact that the Hockey Academy training facility is no longer located next to the school. Students are now being bussed to Goodlife Fitness in central Abbotsford, attributing to increased transportation costs for the program.
 

School upgrades approved via Annual Facility Grant

The district’s Annual Facility Grant (AFG) allocation from the Ministry is $ $3.19 million for 2017/2018, to fund maintenance and repairs in schools. The Board approved the bylaw, with a schedule of upgrades and improvements set to take place at a number of schools across the district.

The largest upgrades and improvements include:

  • $716,677 in Mechanical Upgrades (Ten Broeck, Chief Dan George, ASIA North Poplar, Jackson, Margaret Stenersen, Matsqui, Terry Fox, Upper Sumas, Robert Bateman, and the School Board Office)
  • $345,000 in Functional Improvements (Prince Charles, Clearbrook, Jackson, and Abbotsford Senior)
  • $267,419 in Exterior Painting (Abby Middle, Colleen & Gordie Howe, Eugene Reimer, Rick Hansen, and W.J. Mouat)

View complete list of upgrades »
 

2017-18 Budget entering final phase of review

The district is facing a projected budget shortfall of $960,000 for 2017-18, with student registration projections up by 140 students for the new school year. While there are no significant changes to the Operating budget, the newly created Classroom Enhancement Fund (CEF) will cover all costs related to implementation and maintenance of the restored 2002 teacher Collective Agreement.

The district is aware of a few emerging Issues that may pose budget challenges as the year progresses, including: facility improvements required to support increased classrooms; staffing changes/shortages related to the restored 2002 Collective Agreement; technology costs related to improved data protection and security; and increased administrative costs for the management and oversight of 2002 Collective Agreement provisions.

The final 2017-18 Budget goes to the Board for approval at the May 30th Board meeting.

View 2017-18 Budget Proposal »
 

New website URLs and emails expected next month

As the district continues to focus on its unified communications plan, an emphasis is being placed on uniting our public facing brand (Abbotsford School District) and moving away from the “SD34”. After careful review and with the desire to maintain consistency with our app, emails and website, URLs will be updated to the following:

To ensure communication channels are not disrupted, IT will keep the dormant “SD34” domain active as an alias for two-three years. This function will automatically forward users to the appropriate email or website connection.

The new emails and website URLs will roll out district-wide at the end of May.