DPAC is looking for a few volunteers to participate on the School District’s parent consultation group regarding custodial services. As mentioned at the May 15 DPAC meeting, the School District is seeking the participation of 4 to 6 Burnaby parents who are able to attend two consultation group meeting(s) between May 29 and June 9. The consultation group will provide feedback/input on the School District’s Custodial Services and the recent review. Currently, the tentative meetings dates are 5:30 pm on Tuesday, June 6 and 5:30 pm on Thursday, June 8. If you are interesed in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org@burnabydpac.com by this Monday, May 22.
At the May Burnaby DPAC General meeting, the 2017-2018 Executive Committee elections will be taking place. The May General meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 15 at 7 PM at Burnaby Central Secondary School (6011 Deer Lake Parkway, Burnaby, BC V5G 0A9).
An official call for nominations was sent out to all Burnaby DPAC representatives via email on April 13, 2017.
Per Section VI of the Burnaby DPAC Constitution,
1. A maximum of two DPAC representatives will be elected from each zone of the school district yearly to serve on the Executive Committee. Representatives’ elected to the Executive Committee must have a child enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 12 in the Burnaby school system.
2. In addition to the two DPAC representatives from each zone, one member at large position can be appointed at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
3. Executive Committee shall select when required from its membership a chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary and treasurer.
4. No employee or elected official of any school district or the Ministry of Education shall be eligible to serve as an Executive Committee officer.
Section VII of the Constitution outlines the responsibilities of the Burnaby DPAC Executive Committee:
SECTION VII EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES
It is the responsibility of the Executive Committee:
1. To be the formal liaison between the School Board and DPAC representatives regarding parent involvement in school district operations.
2. To identify and appoint parent representatives to represent DPAC on school district and community committees.
3. To ensure that there is representation from Burnaby parents at appropriate educational workshops, meetings and conferences.
4. To take responsibility for the operations of the DPAC including chairing district meetings, recording the proceedings and managing the financial affairs of the DPAC.
5. To identify topics and plan meeting format and agenda for district parent meetings
6. To act as group leaders and recorders in group discussions at district meetings and to be the communication liaison between DPAC representatives in each of the district’s zones.
7. To inform DPAC representatives, on an ongoing basis, of the issues and topics being discussed at Executive meetings and at the various committees where DPAC has membership.
A full copy of the Burnaby DPAC Constitution is available at on the Burnaby DPAC website at: http://www.burnabydpac.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/dpac.constitution.rev11.04.18.pdf
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the elections and/or the role of DPAC Executive Committee members, please don’t hesitate to a member of the current DPAC Executive.
The Burnaby DPAC received a written response from Education Minister Mike Bernier regarding the letter we sent the Ministers of Finance and Education in support of the recommendatinos on K-12 Education as found in the November 2016 report of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.
A copy of the Minister’s letter can be found here.
The Burnaby DPAC will continue to advocate for predictable, sustainable and adequate funding for capital and operational expenses in BC’s public schools.
On April 3, Secretary Treasurer Russell Horwsill and Deputy Secretary Treasurere Roy Uyeno presented to DPAC representatives on the 2017-2018 School District operating budget process.
A copy of their presentation is available here.
Handout on the 2017-2018 Operating Grant Allocation Formula: Overview of the 2017-18 Operating Grant Formula
Tuesday March 28, 7pm at Burnaby Mountain Secondary School.
The Ministry of Advanced Education is working to better understand the student journey from high school to post-secondary, and the resources and tools required to help student and their supports make this transition. One of these resources is EducationPlannerBC, an initiative to consolidate online post-secondary resources, enabling students to search for programs, compare admission and tuition requirements, and apply directly to the public post-secondary institution(s) of their choice through a common online application platform.
The Provincial Government’s Service Design team is visiting post-secondary institutions, high schools, counselling offices and parent advisory councils, conducting user research to validate assumptions and make recommendations for subsequent EducationPlannerBC development beyond 2017.
During the approximately 1 hour long PAC session, we will lead brainstorming exercises on your top areas of concern when talking with students about post-secondary, what resources you use to support your children and what might help make those conversations easier.
At the February 20 DPAC General meeting the following motion was passed unanimously:
MOTION: That Burnaby DPAC send a letter to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance in support of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services’ recommendations, in particular, Recommendation 49: “Provide predictable, sustainable and adequate yearly funding to enable school districts to fulfill their responsibility to continue to provide access to quality public education.”
A copy of that letter is available here: Letter to Finance and Education Ministers
On January 16, Doug Louie, Assistant Director of Engineering – Transportation Services for the City of Burnaby, presented at the DPAC General meeting on Traffic Safety in Burnaby.
A copy of his presentation came be found here: DPAC Presentation Jan 16 2017