The Board of Education Highlights provide updates on presentations and decisions made during the Board Meetings. For more information, please visit our District website where you can view the full agenda and video stream of the meeting: www.sd61.bc.ca/board-of-education/meetings/
Board Meeting Highlights – November 2019
Victoria High Land Exchange and Lease
The Board approved the disposition of land near Victoria High to fund the District’s portion of the school’s seismic upgrade project. The decision was made after determining the land is surplus to future educational needs.
The Board has advanced the following arrangements subject to concluding negotiation, Ministry approval, and City of Victoria zoning approval:
- The District and City of Victoria will exchange lands that are surplus to the District’s future educational needs in return for land closer to the school
- The District will lease 2.15 acres of that land to the Capital Regional Housing Corporation for the purpose of affordable housing by developing the Caledonia Project
- The lease will be for 60 years
- The lease payment of $4.1 – $4.5 million will pay for the seismic upgrade shortfall of $2.6 million and amenity enhancements at Victoria High.
Annual Board Elections
Nominations were called for the position of Board Chair, Vice Chair, and Board representatives for the British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) and the British Columbia School Trustees’ Association Provincial Councillor (BCSTA).
Jordan Watters was voted as Board Chair. This will be her second term serving as Board Chair. Ann Whiteaker was re-elected as Vice Chair of the Board of Education.
Trustee Rob Paynter was voted in as the Board representative for BCPSEA. Trustee Ryan Painter was elected as the Board Representative for BCSTA.