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Pratt: Entering a new era of governance for School District 46

Pratt: Entering a new era of governance for School District 46

The Board of 2014-2018 is in its last few days of office and with the retirement of several long-term trustees, there will be a new era of governance in School District 46.

The past several terms have boasted strong strategic plans, allowing for advances in several advocacy and leadership opportunities.  Many other school districts have used our strategic planning process as an exemplar of community engagement.

Our district is a leader in the province for student voice, environmental stewardship and governance.   We’ve successfully advocated for increased student engagement provincially and will hopefully continue to see an increase of students at board tables.

Our facilities department tracks district reduction in water usage, electricity and fossil fuels and it is impressive to watch our environmental impact shrink each year.  The solar projects at Pender Harbour, Davis Bay and Langdale are the largest school arrays in the province, lessening our fossil fuel requirements and creating educational opportunities.

Our district governance structure is a respectful collaboration with senior staff, with a strong communication plan.

The new board will face many challenges as they take office; a steep learning curve with only one incumbent at the table, developing a new strategic plan, contract negotiations, a new provincial funding model and increasing cost pressures.  They are set up well to tackle these challenges – skilled senior staff, a positive work culture in the district and community and many opportunities to learn and grow as a team.  We wish you all the best for a successful tenure as our next Board of Education.

Thank you, Sunshine Coast. It has been an honour.

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