Schools target 100 per cent graduation

The goal of the Vernon School District is to ensure all students graduate.

  • Nov. 20, 2011 4:00 p.m.

The goal of the Vernon School District is to ensure all students graduate.

At Tuesday’s district board meeting, district superintendent Bev Rundell presented the District Achievement Contract.

“The Achievement Contract is a public statement of commitment by a school board to improve success for each student in the district,” said Rundell.

The School Act requires each Board of Education in British Columbia to prepare and submit to the Minister of Education, an Achievement Contract with respect to standards for student performance and plans for improving achievement in the district.

The contract consists of one goal with five objectives, with the goal being to achieve a 100 per cent completion rate for both aboriginal and non-aboriginal students.

Board chairman Bill Turanski said this goal encompasses all the work done in the district to improve learning.

“We want all of our students to graduate with a sense of purpose, confidence and a plan for their future,” he said.

The objectives to support the goal include strategies that support early learning, literacy, numeracy, aboriginal student transition rates, and completion rates.

The board undertook a consultative process to help guide the development of the contract. Teachers, parents, early childhood educators, and business and community members provided input towards the development of the contract. A steering committee made up of representatives from partner groups facilitated the meetings and helped to support the writing of the final document.

As determined through the collaborative process, the contract also includes the attributes that should have been attained by a graduate of School District 22: prepared for the transition to post secondary or the world of work; empathetic and respectful; confident and competent; able to communicate effectively through reading, writing and speaking; able to access information to make informed decisions; understanding  and respectful of  one’s own culture, aboriginal cultures and others; able to persevere for a  life of learning; numerate and  have problem-solving skills.

The board thanked the superintendent and steering committee for the work in the development of the contract.

“This plan will help focus our work to support improving learning for all students in our district,” said Turanski.

A copy of the Achievement Contract will be posted on the district website at