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Board of Education Holds Virtual Meeting
 
For its first regular meeting since the declaration of the national health emergency, the SD73 Board of Education used technology to broadcast their public board meeting through Facebook Live to nearly 40 members of the public who watched from the comfort of their homes. With an additional 500 views of the video recording within 24 hours, it is evident there is interest from the public and stakeholders for easier access to the work of the Board of Education.
 
The Board of Education will continue to hold its meetings through Zoom and live-stream them through Facebook until the directive to maintain physical distancing is lifted by the Provincial Health Officer. Given the positive response from the public, however, the Board may opt to stream more public meetings from its office on Ninth Avenue in Kamloops.

On Thursday, April 9, the Budget Information Meeting will also be held via Zoom and live-streamed on Facebook. More details are posted on the calendar.
REPORTS FROM SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
 

Special Education Audit
Director Vessy Mochikas reported on the Ministry of Education’s compliance audit of 284 special education files, which equates to $5,030,400 of revenue to the district. The audit team was very complimentary of the work SD73 is doing in Inclusive Education and highlighted the excellent processes clearly outlined in the Inclusive Education Services Handbook. The audit caused only two category changes, resulting in a financial adjustment of $42,400. The audit process served as an excellent learning opportunity for school and district teams that will inform future processes and practices to better serve and support students in the district. Superintendent Alison Sidow noted the extensive work, led by Assistant Superintendent Trish Smillie, Director Vessy Mochikas, District Principal Grant Reilly and Inclusive Education Services Coordinator Pam Gurney in leading school staff in preparation for the special education audit.
 
Pandemic Response Requirements
The Board unanimously approved the allocation of $699,500 to address the estimated incremental costs of the COVID-19 health emergency. Superintendent Alison Sidow provided an outline of the expenditures, coupled with the estimated revenue loss for the District. Revenue losses included an estimated reduction in investment income of $28,500 with community rentals reduced by $23,000, while the loss of International Student Program revenue is not yet known. These costs are significant but are expected to be off-set by an under-expenditure of the budget in categories such as transportation fuel, utilities, staff development, and replacement costs. Departments and schools have been asked to carefully consider every expenditure during the next few weeks as it is not known at this time the length of the current COVID-19 situation or the entire financial impact on the district. Senior staff are actively tracking the incremental costs of COVID-19 by creating cost centers within the financial and payroll system. If an operating deficit is unavoidable, the district has some room within its operating reserves to manage the financial impact. However, Director Trina Cassidy’s initial estimates indicate these funds are not likely to be required.
 

The next Regular Public Board Meeting will occur on: Monday, April 20, at 7:00 PM at 1383 – 9th Avenue, Kamloops, BC. The public is invited to attend the meeting via Facebook Live.
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Board Notes are highlights from the regular meeting of the
Board of Education for School District No.73 (Kamloops-Thompson).
Expect your next issue of Board Notes after the April 20, 2020 meeting.  
 
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