Report shows SD5 grad rate above B.C average

SD5 passed a motion to approve a report on student achievement from the superintendent that will be sent to the Ministry of Education.

  • Jan. 20, 2015 9:00 a.m.

The Southeast Kootenay board of education passed a motion to approve a report on student achievement from the superintendent that will be sent to the Ministry of Education.

The report, an annual document that takes an in-depth look at student achievement in schools across the district, still needs a few tweaks, according to Lynn Hauptman, the SD5 superintendent.

“Once that happens, it becomes a public document and it goes on our webpage, so it’s not quite there yet,” she said.

“…They [the ministry] wants to know the areas we’ve improved in, the areas that we still have some concerns, some specific things in terms of literacy goals, aboriginal education, children in care, any special projects that we have that we’re particularly proud of.”

Also city staff noted the Pedestrian Crossing Manual for British Columbia states that a minimum spacing of 200 metres from an adjacent traffic control signal is the standard.

The adjacent traffic control signal at 2nd Street North and 14th Avenue is 170 metres away from the proposed pedestrian signal.

“You can see the potential for a traffic jam,” Staudt said. “So what Engineering is recommending is that (it) go back to the school district and work with school district administration and see if there’s some other alternative to making that a safe area for students to cross.”

Coun. Wesly Graham asked whether it might be possible to make the crosswalk more visible on the approach with markers or paint. Staudt replied that Engineering would take that into consideration.

Coun. Tom Shypitka agreed with the potential for a traffic jam down 14th Avenue.

“It could be almost backed up to the street light,” Shypitka said, referring to the 14th Avenue and 2nd Street North intersection.

Staudt said the issue is definitely problematic.

“We need to work through some options,” Staudt said.