SD51 seeks ‘profile’ input

School District 51 (Boundary) will soon begin advertising to find a replacement for retiring BCSS principal Louise Bayles.

School District 51 (Boundary) Board of Education held their January meeting in the library of Boundary Central Secondary School on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

The purpose of the change of venue was to allow for parents to meet with the board after the meeting to provide input into the search for a replacement for principal Louise Bayles, who will be retiring at the end of this school year.

The meeting provided the BCSS Parent Advisory Council members as well as any interested parent to provide input into a “Principal Profile”—basically what parents feel are the vital attributes that the new principal coming in next year should possess.

Six parents and four kids attended. Superintendent Kevin Argue said parents were divided into two groups, each of which generated their own ideas. The ideas were then shared and voted on by all. Further input was gathered from an online survey, which the parents present at the Tuesday night meeting were given to complete as well.

Argue said the school district will be advertising the position very soon.

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Secretary-Treasurer Jeanette Hanlon reported that after adjusting the budget based on the numbers of students enrolled last September, etc. there will be a projected surplus available for future use of $1,297,000.

She gave the board an overview of finances for the current school year based on the amended budget. “We only need to use $112,578 of our shortfall,” Hanlon said, “leaving $1,297,480 in future surplus.”