PROGRAMS OF CHOICE
New Programs considered will:
- Have a clearly articulated Program Rationale.
- Acknowledge parental desire for programs with a particular educational emphasis.
- Fulfill a recognized educational need separate from existing programs and services.
- Be free from any religious or ethnic affiliation.
- Be consistent with Board policies.
- Be funded at the same levels with respect to resources and staff as those established for elementary, middle and secondary schools / grades / programs.
Any additional costs for establishing or maintaining the Program will be the responsibility of the school.
- Conform with collective agreements.
- Identify the potential impact on other schools in the District.
- Not affect operational needs of the School District.
- Be available to all students in the Greater Victoria School District, within school space.
- Be housed in facilities where space permits and which are suitable to the Program.
- Be maintained without transportation assistance from the Board.
- Be subject to normal planning and staffing schedules established by the district.
- Be subject to evaluation on an ongoing basis by the Board.
Process for Submitting Proposals
A. Prior to submission of a proposal to the Board consultation with the Superintendent or designate must occur.
B. A written proposal including clear rationale for the Program will be submitted to the School Board. The proposal will contain:
- An overview of the Program accompanied by the goals and objectives and implementation time line for the program.
- A statement which outlines the educational value of the program for the district; including how the proposal is distinct from existing educational programs or fills a particular educational need not currently offered in the District.
- A clear indication of the intended school population to be served including age, grade levels, learner characteristics, and the number of students to be served.
- A clear description of the qualifications and nature of teaching support staff required to offer the Program.
- A clear description of the facilities required to offer the Program both in the immediate and long-term.
- An analysis of the possible impact on other schools in the District.
- Evidence of PAC and community support for the Program which demonstrates parents have an understanding of the proposal and have or will have children who will enroll in the Program.
- Student registration guidelines, including how students will be selected.
- Evidence of such similar programs’ success where operating in other school districts.
- Sources and sustainability of additional funds (where necessary).
- A sample of the Program registration and promotion form (or flyer).
C. Upon receipt of a proposal, the Board may direct the Superintendent to conduct a feasibility study, which will set out costs and other issues that may include:
- Staffing / human resource requirements.
- Facilities, both interim and long-term requirements.
- Program development and implementation.
- Administrative requirements.
- Sources of funding / revenue including government, private, or corporate services and any obligations of the Board in the event outside funds are provided.
- A proposed implementation timeline.
- Effects on other schools.
D. Where a program is approved, the implementation will be the responsibility of the School Board and the school hosting the Program.
Greater Victoria School District
- Approved: December 9, 2002