The Revised Curriculum
Curriculum Implementation Days:
Day 1: Friday, January 15, 2016
Teachers will have the opportunity to meet in their Family of Schools along with two facilitators. Part of the morning will be spent on reviewing the revised curriculum and comparing what has changed and what has stayed the same. In the afternoon teachers will have the opportunity to engage in individual and collaborative time working with the curriculum.
Day 2: Friday, April 22, 2016
Plans have not yet been finalized as to the structure of this day. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
NDTA Meeting Dates 2017-18
All Executive Meetings are held at LVR in the Library at 4:15 on Mondays:
* combined with a General Meeting
General Meetings: held at LVR in the Library at 4:15:
Mar. 5 (BCTF AGM Resolutions and Recommendations discussion)
Apr. 23 (NDTA AGM and Elections)
Pro-D Committee Meeting Dates
Ministerial Policy, Orders, and Regulation
Facilities Planning Review
At the Tuesday, May 3, 2016 Board meeting the trustees moved into a committee of the whole in order to have discussions around deciding on consideration for school closures. Below is the result of the discussion and vote. This starts the 60 day consultation period which will include meetings in the communities affected by proposed school closures.
"That the board amend the draft facilities plan as follows as recommended by May 3, 2016 Committee of the Whole:
That the board identify as schools to be considered for closure as follows:
Consideration of closure of Winlaw Elementary School
Consideration of closure of Creston Education Centre
Consideration of closure of Salmo Elementary School
Consideration of closure of Trafalgar Middle School
Consideration of closure of Jewett Elementary School
Consideration of closure of Yahk Elementary School;
Any SD8 property that does not house SD8 students be disposed of on a case by case basis."
The Board will be holding special open public meetings on July 9 and 12, 2016. At the July 9 meeting there will be the first and second readings of the bylaw followed by debate of the above proposed considerations. The July 12 meeting will be the third reading and final decision regarding the facilities plan.
Pension Plan Update
At the 2016 BCTF AGM the resolution to make changes to the Teacher Pension Plan passed. That the Teachers’ Pension Plan design change of the pension formula include:
1. delinking from the Canada Pension Plan’s Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings (YMPE).
2. a single accrual rate of 1.85% be applied to Pensionable Service.
3. an Early-retirement Reduction Factor of 4.5% at age 61.
4 removal of the 35-year Pensionable Service cap.
5. an unreduced pension for those with 35 years of Contributory Service.
The Plan Member Partner (BCTF) and the Plan Employer Partner (BC Government) will draft language that will implement this decision. This will be presented to the Teachers’ Pension Board of Trustees to direct Teachers’ Pension Plan (TPP) in its implementation. Along the way, there will be several levels of checking compliance to pension regulations and tax rules.
There will be no changes in pension calculations for current service up to and including December 31, 2017. The annual Member’s Benefit Statements (MBS) from TPP, sent to members in May–June will not show any change of service until a full year of service in the new plan has occurred. That is, the new service will be reflected in the MBS issued in May of 2019 for the first full year in the new plan, 2018.
The BCTF will continue to provide support to plan members who are in need of pension information. You may contact the BCTF Income Security Division for assistance:
BCTF, Income Security Division
100 – 550 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2
604-871-1949, toll free 1-800-663-9163, Local 1949, fax 604-871-2287
2016 BCTF AGM pension presentations
Executive Committee recommendation on pension plan change