Characteristics and District Strengths
continues to face the challenges associated with declining enrolment
due to a weak primary industry based economy. The fiscal reality
facing the District has been how to keep small rural schools
open with a full range of programs and services. During the
2002-2003 school year, the District moved to an altered calendar
as well as the four-day school week to save costs. The adoption
of the Four Day Week has permitted the District to move from
a deficit to a surplus situation and this has allowed the District
to fund programs targeted to early literacy and student achievement.
District has also partnered with other community agencies; Ministry
for Children and Family Development, Public Health, and Boundary
Family and Individual Services Society to create an integrated
service model (Boundary Integrated Services Model or BISM) for
each of its community catchments areas. As a result of this
model every elementary school in the District has a Family Center
located in the school or on the school property. Family Centers
provide a variety of community services for families and children
including parenting programs, pre-school literacy programs,
health and nutrition counseling, etc.
The District offers an alternate school
program at Walker Development Centre in Grand Forks and has 2 one room schools; one at Big White (grades K to 9) and at Beaverdell (grades K to 3).