The BRSD Board of Trustees was very pleased to welcome three students to the September meeting, who shared their perspective on being part of the Registered Apprenticeship Program.
The students spoke of the value they receive from being part of RAP — learning marketable trade skills and logging first-year apprenticeship hours, while also earning high school credits.
According to RAP Coordinator Clayton Roe, students who take part in RAP during both Grade 11 and 12, as well as work through the summer, can complete most of the 1000 hours required for a first-year apprentice before they graduate from high school. In addition, Mr. Roe shared information with the Board about grants that are available to support employers in welcoming students into their workplace.
The BRSD Board of Trustees is planning a series of Community Engagement events over the coming year. One of those will be a survey to invite input into the school calendar for the 2023-2024 year, which will be open during the month of October.
The board also intends to seek input on school attendance boundaries.
In addition, the BRSD Board is looking forward to meeting with municipal partners and hopes to arrange meetings with at least two local municipalities in the near future.
Watch for the annual Report to the Community, which will be coming soon to mailboxes across the division.
Meeting the Minister of Education
Members of the Board met with the Hon. Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education, on September 12. This was an opportunity to provide the Minister with an update and outline concerns facing the school division.
Moving Forward Together
The Board of Trustees was pleased to approve a new contract for the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Rita Marler.