District News

As part of our COVID continuity planning, we recognize public participation in Board business is important but will be different for the coming months.  

Agenda Items

For Standing Committee/Board Meeting agendas and presentations, please scroll down and click on the meeting date in the calendar below.

To Watch 

To access the live-stream for all meetings, please visit our YouTube page: www.youtube.com/channel/UCRtyy8Uak0lVS-wxlwPeuXw/featured

Standing Committee Meeting Participation

To participate virtually in standing committee meetings please contact Kelly Gorman, Executive Assistant to Deputy Superintendent and she will provide you with the Zoom link to the meeting.

Kelly Gorman available at: or 250-475-4117.

Board Meeting Participation 

During Board meetings, the public may submit questions to  at the beginning of the meeting. These questions will be answered during Question Period by the Chair of the meeting, or staff, through the Chair, if an answer is readily available.

On Monday,  the Operations, Policy and Procedures committee will be discussing some things that parents have been discussing and have had a strong opinion about. Specifially; the regulations on Student Dress Code Policy and enforcement, Technology acceptable use policies, equity committee's 6 recommendations, and a method for getting funding for childcare space on school property.   If you wish, you can join in the conversation during the meeting.  

The meeting will be held at the Administrative Offices (Tolmie Building) in the Boardroom on Monday, April 16, 2018.

Here's the link to see the agenda and documents https://www.sd61.bc.ca/board-of-education/meetings/operations-meetings/

The proposed operating budget will be shared tomorrow at a Special Budget Meeting at 7 p.m. at the Tolmie Board Office. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

The Greater Victoria School District prepares a budget for the upcoming school year each spring. Over the month of April, several meetings will take place to determine the budget for the 2018-2019 school year. The meetings will outline how funds are allocated and invested in the upcoming year to support students and staff while delivering on the School District’s objectives.

“In the coming weeks, the draft operating budget will be shared broadly,” noted Board Chair, Edith Loring-Kuhanga. “We hope to hear from our community about what they value in our world-class education system.”

In the fall, the School District sought budget input from our educational partners and Parent Advisory Councils. The public will have several opportunities to provide feedback on the 2018-2019 Budget prior to its final consideration on the evening of Wednesday, April 25th:

  • ·Special Budget Meeting – Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7 p.m.
  • ·Operations Policy and Planning (OPPS) Committee Meeting – Monday, April 16, 2018, 7 p.m.
  • ·Special Budget Meeting – Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 7 p.m., or
  • ·In writing to 

All information will be compiled and shared with the Board of Education. For more details on the proposed budget please visit:www.sd61.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/91/2018/04/18-19-Budget-Process-Presentation.pdf

The Greater Victoria School District is planning for seismic upgrades to Vic High School. Opened in 1914, the high school has an H-1 seismic ranking, the highest level of priority need. The Ministry of Education has supported the seismic upgrades and the school district must submit seismic options to the Ministry for final funding approval. The school district is seeking community input to inform decision-making by the Board of Education.

Two open houses will be held in April to provide an opportunity for the community to learn more about the options and provide input about what’s important to them when planning for the future. Further consultation with community stakeholders and an online survey will also occur in April. All input will be presented to the Board of Education before considering options.

VIC HIGH OPEN HOUSES: Learn more about the options and provide input about what’s important to you when planning for the future. Further consultation with community stakeholders and an online survey will also occur in April. All input will be presented to the Board of Education before considering options.

Saturday, April 7, 2018
9 a.m. – 12 noon
Vic High gymnasium

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Vic High gymnasium

https://www.sd61.bc.ca/news-events/news/title/greater-victoria-school-district-seeks-public-input-on-vic-high

For those who cannot attend the second open house, please share the link to an online survey to help us gather as much input as possible. 

SURVEY: www.sd61.bc.ca/news-events/community/vic-high-planning-for-the-future/