North Okanagan-Shuswap trustee tackles report

The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District is working towards achieving some of the 41 recommendations from a special advisor

  • Oct. 15, 2016 6:00 p.m.
Mike McKay is the lone North Okanagan-Shuswap School District trustee.

Mike McKay is the lone North Okanagan-Shuswap School District trustee.

Carli Berry

Black Press

The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District is working towards achieving some of the 41 recommendations from a special advisor.

The report was received in June and resulted in the Ministry of Education dismissing the previous board and replacing it with Mike McKay as lone trustee.

“The first of those recommendations put me in this chair. The remaining 41 recommendations, I can tell you this is a work in progress,” said McKay.

However, some of the recommendations are in the jurisdiction of the provincial government.

“Some of them are out of our direct ability to control, but we will certainly recognize the spirit of what is intended,” he said.

“There is policy being reviewed and updated, some of the financial policy is being reviewed for refreshing. We will figure out some methodology to put it in a package.”

McKay gave the example of 14 on the list, which requires trustees, both newly elected and re-elected, to have mandatory orientation training which encompasses: good governance, financial literacy and an overview of the educational sector and district.

“It’s a heck of a good suggestion,” he said.