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Board approves strategic plan


School District No. 46 (SD46) board of trustees has adopted a new strategic plan that focuses on improving three main areas over the next three years — student achievement, relationship building and learning environments.

The plan was approved at the Nov. 13 school board meeting and will be in place until 2015. It’s the second consecutive strategic plan crafted by the board.

“Our first plan proved to be successful in articulating a community-oriented vision, mission and values as a foundation for positive learning and working environments. Through the plan, we also clarified the governance role of our elected board and stabilized our financial operations,” said board chair Silas White. “If there is a general theme to these next three years, it is now to successfully implement the district’s vision, mission and values in our schools in support of student achievement.”

The board’s mission is to “enable and inspire our students to realize their full potentials, as knowledgeable, confident and contributing citizens in a global community.” Their vision is “a community engaged in lifelong learning and educational excellence.”

In the strategic plan’s three main areas of student achievement, relationship-building and learning environments, goals are provided along with ways to reach them.

Under student achievement the plan states SD46, “will emphasize educational excellence, lifelong learning and student achievement in every facet of our operations and decision-making.”

In order to reach that goal, the plan calls for things like expanding the career and apprenticeship programs offered, supporting early learning programs, exploring improved coordination and promotion of outdoor learning, enhancing distributed learning initiatives and reviewing the budget model to “ensure the greatest impact on student success.”

Under relationship-building, the plan states SD46 will “engage the community in our vision and mission by building and strengthening relationships within our organization and throughout our region.”

In order to do that, the plan talks about things like increasing communication, promoting facilities and grounds for community use, expanding partnerships with Capilano University and building relationships with the Sechelt and Squamish Nations.

Under the heading of learning environments, the plan states SD46, “will promote safe and healthy learning environments that are welcoming, culturally responsive and environmentally responsible.”

To do that, the plan points to things like rebuilding Gibsons Elementary School as a neighbourhood learning centre, developing an international program to prepare students for “a culturally diverse global community,” ensuring schools are safe and welcoming for everyone and addressing future school over-crowding issues.

“To achieve the objectives of the plan at the operational level, our administrators have constructed a complementary implementation plan with concrete actions, schedules and measurement,” White noted.

To view the entire plan, see



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