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Crescent Park Expansion Project-UPDATE-May 15, 2024

Crescent Park Addition Progress Report to the Board of Education - May 15, 2024

Since last month the following have occurred:

  • Meeting with engineer to review Fee Schedule Proposal.
  • Meeting with engineer to go over tender spec requirements.
  • Meeting with Engineer, Mechanical Engineer and Electrical Engineer at site to review requirements for design and tender specs.

Geo tech testing is scheduled for May 11th pending drill truck availability. Force Engineering will be doing existing building design confirmation May 6 – 10.

A conceptual design based on Crescent Park staff, PAC feedback as well as follow-up discussions between Principal and Facilities staff is shown below.

Crescent Park Expansion Design

Use of School Facilities Policy & Regulation for Review

The Board of Education has approved to circulate Policy and Regulation 5190 Use of School Facilities for review.

Feedback will be accepted in writing to cfennell@sd59.bc.ca until June 15, 2024.

Please review the changes made on the "mark-up" version of the policy and regulation.  

The complete revised policy and regulation can be viewed on the "revised" version.

Peace River South School District 59 creates 74 new child care spaces

May 6, 2024

DAWSON CREEK, BC – School District 59 is creating 74 child care spaces in Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge to provide support for families with young children. The District has secured capital funding through the ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund.

"Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge families will benefit from more high-quality new child care spaces in their growing communities,” said Mitzi Dean, B.C.’s Minister of State for Child Care. “Improving access to child care spaces gives kids the best possible start and supports parents to plan a brighter future for their families.”

Design is underway for 12 spaces each in Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge for children under 36 months as well as 25 spaces in each of the two communities for children aged 36 months to school age.

“The creation of these much-needed additional child care spaces will make life easier for more families in Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge,” said Jenna Sudds, federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “By providing them with reliable and affordable child care, our government is helping more families save more money. We are committed to providing affordable, accessible, inclusive and high-quality child care to communities across the country, ensuring all children have the best possible start in life.”

“Child care on school sites assist working families with getting their children to and from school while managing busy schedules. When we extend child care options in our schools, our schools become even more valuable community hubs.” said Board Chair Chad Anderson.

With $7.95 million in funding through the federally and provincially supported ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund, the design of the child care facilities has begun. The District applied for funding in 2022 and secured support for the construction of child care spaces at school sites in two municipalities: Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge. The new centres will be located at Tumbler Ridge Elementary School and Tremblay Elementary School.

“I am so excited to see this investment in School District 59 for much needed child care spaces” said Mike Bernier, MLA for Peace River South. “The need for affordable and available child care is paramount in our communities as we work to recruit professionals and their families to our region, as well as supporting those who have been desperately looking for this opportunity.”

Superintendent Christy Fennell, “We are very excited to announce our new spaces for Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek, which will help families access affordable, quality, and inclusive child care. This helps youth develop their early cognitive and social skills to prepare them for success in learning.”

Child care centres will have an office space, full kitchen, washrooms, outdoor learning space and include a wheelchair lift for accessibility. The additional child care spaces are expected to be completed in April 2026.

For more information visit: Child Care Facilities | School District 59 (sd59.bc.ca)

For more information contact:

Kim Morris, Secretary-Treasurer
School District No. 59 (Peace River South)
Office: 250.784.6329

Kindergarten Registration is Open

Kindergarten

Schools in SD59 are now accepting Kindergarten registration for the 2024-25 school year.

Starting Kindergarten is an exciting time for everyone. We look forward to welcoming you and your child into our learning spaces. All children who will be five years old by December 31, 2024 (children born in 2019) are eligible for the Kindergarten program beginning September 2024.  Please visit the Kindergarten Registration page for more information.

Please call your local school to set up an appointment for Kindergarten registration. If you are unsure about what school to register at please use the catchment area map.

When registering your child, you will need to provide your child's birth certificate, healthcare card, and proof of residency.

Erase Bullying

Erase is all about building safe and caring school communities. This includes empowering students, parents, educators and the community partners who support them to get help with challenges, report concerns to schools, and learn about complex issues facing students.

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