Back to School with Bill 22 in Effect
With Bill 22 now in effect, many teachers will be returning to school this Tuesday concerned about this years future, but members of the Bulkley Valley School District say that it didn't really change a lot for schools within their district. Bulkley Valley Teachers Presidents Union Karin Bachman says “Our superintendent has told me that they are planning on trying to keep classes 30 and under in grades 4 to 12 and we appreciate that so we are looking forward to carrying on and doing our very best for this next year.”
Bulkley Valley School District Superintendent Chris Van Der Mark says, “It really didn't change a lot for us in terms of specifically relates to some of the class sizes and those things going on...You know we weren't bumping up to those in the hard way before and we certainly aren't again this year, our staffing is appropriate if not generous.”
Students also have a couple of new programs to look forward to, such as Hockey Academy and a duel crediting program with the NWCC. Van Der Mark says that this will benefit the students, "Kids are going to be able to get really, really excited about learning things that, 'WOW you know I get to do that? I didn't know I get to do that... I get to do that everyday?' That's a pretty exciting opportunity, I think when students are more engaged, we are going to see more opportunities for students to complete school."