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Regional District of Central Okanagan School Site Acquisition Charge

LAST UPDATE January 26, 2015

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BC Laws - School Site Acquisition Charge

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DID YOU KNOW?

1 in 2 Central Okanagan high school students report using marijuana by grade 11.

294 students were suspended from school for marijuana related infractions.

Source: UBC.ca

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September 21, 2014

PETITION: Reinstate previous North Westside Road school bus stops

Petition published by Sheryl Sanjenko on Sep 21, 2014

Target: School District #22 Bus Transportation Supervisor - Robyn Stephenson

Petition Background (Preamble):
Westside road provides nothing in the form of safety for young children walking on the road, no road shoulders, blind corners, no enforced road speed limits, and wild animals.

Westside road is known as "the worst road in BC" it is not a road that any child should be walking on alone unsupervised. With families having to work two jobs to get by, with changing shifts, unable to obtain extra support like, before/after school care, we depend on these bus stops to ensure our children have a save distance to walk home in our rural area. Bear, cougar, and deer are all animals that are seen on a daily basis throughout the neighborhood. Without a fear of humans these animals pose a threat to any person walking. These proposed bus stops are not equipped to hold half a dozen cars on a good weather day, let alone the winter months when some roads are not even plowed until noon. Forcing high vehicle and pedestrian traffic into small road side pullouts/top of road (Hodges Road) poses a danger to not only the children and parents but also to the general public.

Several calls to the supervisor of transportation as well as a letter to the Prime Minister, Christy Clark, has led me to nothing but more worries as no one seems to care about the safety of our children.

Our only option at the moment is to come together as a community to work to a common goal of getting our previous bus stops back for our children's safety.

Petition:
We, the undersigned, call on the Supervisor of Transportation to reinstate the previous North Westside Road school bus stops.

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.pdf icon November 26, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

School Sites Acquisition Charge

The Regional Board has received an update on collection of the School Sites Acquisition Charge on behalf of School District No. 23. Development Services and Finance staff are finalizing an internal tracking process for collecting and remitting fees to the School District and for retaining a portion of the fees for administration. While the majority of Regional District building permits will be exempt, the fee, based on the size of development will apply for new subdivisions and when construction increases the building by more than three self-contained dwelling units. The charge will see local governments collect fees from developers to assist the School District with the purchase of land for future school sites.

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.pdf icon November 26, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8.5 Report regarding School Site Acquisition Charge (0490-20) (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated November 20, 2012 outlined that staff is working toward finalizing a process for the efficient recording, collection, remittance and other related administrative issues associated with the School Site Acquisition Charge. School District No. 23 approved the School Site Acquisition Charge Bylaw No. 15 on September 26, 2012. It is anticipated there will be minimal impact on the organization in recognition of the limited development that is occurring in the electoral areas.

OPHUS/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board receive for information the School Site Acquisition Charge report dated November 20, 2012.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon November 8, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

6. Finance & Administrative Services

6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report (Year-to-Date - September 30, 2012)
Staff report dated November 1, 2012 outlined the program measures report year to- date September 30, 2012. Staff highlighted the executive summary comments.

- Corporate Services
o Recruitment process for new CAO has begun

- Waste Reduction
o Launch of paper reduction program
o Commercial waste quantities reduced by 2.8%
o Curbside collection radio frequency identification system
  • 1331 non-compliant customers identified and contacted, only 52 reoffenders
o Recycling - market downturn, budget effect

- Environmental Services
o Falcon Ridge Water - exploratory drilling for a new well
o Trepanier Bench Water - fire effects - 110 risk evident
o Leak Detection program for Westshore Water resulted in 43% reduction, and at Killiney Beach 20% of m3 pumped
o RDCO lift stations/collector systems - all pumps being investigated for deterioration
o Killiney Beach Water - reduction to scope of upgrade
o Reduced clerical staff by 0.5 FTE
o WWTP - Stage 3 design work completed.

- Information Systems
o MOU Lake Country has yet to sign the agreement. Concern regarding 2013 impact to partners if Lake Country does not sign on.

- Development Services
o School site acquisition
o Inspection Services - staff reduction
o Dog Control- review report received in October. Implementation plan will be coming forward for Board consideration.
o Noxious insect control - low complaint numbers.

- Protective Services
o Trepanier Fire
o Black Mountain grass fire
o Wilsons Land Volunteer Fire Department - volunteer fire chief leaving

- Regional Rescue
o 4 total EOC activations, 27 ESS activations
o Operation exercise - Sept 13
o Review of service is under way

- Parks Services
o Parkland acquisitions - 3 properties closed
o Mission Creek - upgrade to playground
o Trepanier Creek Greenway fire
o Bear closures
o Interpretation programs 8% increase in participants

- Crime Stoppers
o Vehicle donated to the program
o Sponsorship packages being developed
o Tips provided lead to info on two major homicides

- EDC
o Recruitment of United Airlines flights into Kelowna
o Export development - increased interest from China

- Purchasing
With the hiring of a purchasing manager, total quantifiable savings to date are $201,902, including risk reduction to RDCO, time savings for managers and staff and stronger contracts.
It was noted that the full report is in the Board's Reader file.

Discussion
-It was noted that West Kelowna is interested in receiving further information on the RFID program and staff will update Council in the future.
-West Kelowna will look at trunk lines in the near future. It's a low priority for them.
-School site acquisition - approved by the Province, developers will be required to pay a fee in the future.
-Information provided to Kelowna for review of boundary extension.
-What are the financial implications of reduced recycling and reduced income is there a way to offset costs? Staff is focusing on reduction programs (paper free program) paying less processing costs when it ends up in the recycling bins - it's the only thing that can be done to offset costs. Material is not being returned to the landfill. There is no shutdown for recyclables. The material that is recycled here is sent to relatively local markets (not China) plastics go to the Lower Mainland, paper to Washington. We can stockpile if required but there is no ability for reduced transportation costs as we use local markets. Where does the money go for electronics? The Electronics Stewardship of BC - they run the program, collecting, marketing, hauling, processing and they fund depot operations.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Quarterly Program Measures report year-to-date September 30, 2012 be received for information.

CARRIED

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6.2 Briefing on 2013-2017 Financial Plan & Overview of the Process

Staff report dated October 30, 2012 outlined general impacts to consider during the 2013-2017 Financial Plan discussions. Full reporting will be completed through the budgeting process beginning in February. General impacts for 2013 were highlighted as a heads-up for the budgeting process.

BAKER/CONDON
THAT the 2013-2017 Financial Plan overview be received for information.

CARRIED

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SD23 cut busing fees in half
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 74454 - Apr 27, 2012

It's not often that service fees get reduced or cut altogether.

But, that's what trustees at School District 23 have done.

Trustees Wednesday voted to cut in half the fees parents have to pay for their children to take the school bus to and from school.

The user pay system was brought in back in 2009 as the district scrambled to try and find ways to deal with a $3M budget shortfall.

At the time, the difference between what the province provided for transportation and what it actually cost SD23 was $1M.

Busing fees netted the district about $700,000 annually.

With the prospect of increased provincial funding for the 2012-2013 school year, Trustee Murli Pendharkar brought forth a motion Wednesday asking that the fees be waived altogether.

Pendharkar was a former School District Superintendent and twice served on the board during times when busing was provided free of charge.

"He's been quite up front since he has come back to the School Board that he opposes the collection of a fee for transportation. In his estimation it's another level of taxation born by parents," says District Superintendent, Hugh Gloster.

Gloster says there was a lot of dialogue around the issue but, in the end, the motion to eliminate the fee altogether was not supported.

"Part of the reason was that they (trustees) recognized that if they were going to eliminate the fee altogether it was going to take another $700,000 from the budget that would have to be found elsewhere," says Gloster.

"In the end, trustees brought forward alternate motions and, the one they settled on was that they would reduce the fee by 50 per cent."

This means it will cost $10 a month ($100 for the entire year) for a student to take the school bus instead of $20.

Parents with one student would pay $100/year, two students, $200/year, three students $250/year and four or more $300/year.

"There was a lot of dialogue around the fact that we happen to have surplus funds available to us," added Gloster.

"They can afford to do that without significant impact while still managing to balance the budget and carry a very small surplus into the coming year."

He says trustees did discuss the fact that if the financial pendulum does swing back again as it has in previous years where budgets are tight, they may have to consider doing something completely different again with respect to the busing fee.

Gloster also pointed out the district does have an "ability to pay" clause.

"Trustees wanted to stress that any parent that cannot afford the fee can go to their school principal and work out a subsidy or, if it's a hardship case they can often have the fee waived entirely," says Gloster.

Gloster says the transportation fee has generated a "chunk of change" in the past and that's something that has helped to offset taking funds out of other functions.

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.pdf icon February 9, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

There was nothing mentioned in the Highlights about a) Seatbelts on School Buses because it was a director item

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.pdf icon February 9, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon There was nothing mentioned in the Agenda about a) Seatbelts on School Buses because it was a director item

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.pdf icon February 9, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

As Director items were not discussed previously, the Board reconvened at 2:20 p.m.

a) Seatbelts on School Buses

Director Hanson raised the issue whether the Board would lobby for seatbelts on school buses, It was noted that this is an issue for the School District No. 23 and that contact should be made directly with them as they have a great deal of information on the subject.

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Westside Road Community School?

The Westside Road Community School Advocacy Committee (WRCSAC) was initiated in March 2011 with the aim of working together with the community to gather data and support in order to project the need for and advocate for the construction of a local community school on Westside Road. Our committee members act as representatives on behalf of the families in the communities along Westside Road.

This .pdf icon April 26, 2011 Westside Road Community School information is from COW Director Jim Edgson's website

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.pdf icon June 27, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

There was nothing mentioned in the highlights about the North Westside Road School

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.pdf icon There is nothing mentioned in the Agenda about the North Westside Road School.

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.pdf icon June 27, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

12. OTHER BUSINESS

12.1 Director Items

a) School District No. 23
Director Edgson noted that a North Westside citizens group is investigating the potential of a school being developed in the future and will continue working with the School District. It was noted that 2-3 times more students travel to Vernon than the Central Okanagan for their schooling.

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April 29, 2011

There was a TOWN HALL MEETING which included a handout in regards to "constructing a new school" that would serve students along Westside Road from Parker Cove to Secret Point.  200 students would need to sign up in order to start the school.  If interested in having your family attend a local school, download and fill out the white form below and submit it to "THE WESTSIDE ROAD COMMUNITY SCHOOL ADVOCACY COMMITTEE (WRCSAC)" through the contact information contained in the yellow document below.  Click the yellow document below for more information.

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Fill out this form to petition for a school along Westside Road BC
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Long time ago there was talk of building a school at Valley of the Sun.

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April 13, 2011 News Alert by email

The B.C. government infringed teachers' rights when it passed a law in 2001 ending their ability to negotiate class size and class composition, B.C. Supreme Court has ruled. Justice Susan Griffin said most, but not all, of the challenged legislation is unconstitutional and invalid because it violated teachers' rights to associate and engage in collective bargaining. She gave the government 12 months to make changes.

For the latest local, national and international news, visit www.vancouversun.com

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District says WFN land developers get unfair break
Kelowna Capital News - By Mike Simmons - November 25, 2010

West Kelowna is asking to enter an informal dispute resolution process after hearing School District 23 will not be applying school site development cost charges to residential developers on Westbank First Nation land.

In a letter to the district of West Kelowna, school board chair Rolli Cacchioni explained School District 23 would not be asking Westbank First Nation to participate in the charge, due to the criteria of provincial legislation around the school site acquisition fee.

“Westbank First Nation lands fall under federal jurisdiction, as well; the Westbank First Nation is a self-governed nation which is not defined as a local government.”

Cacchioni noted the addition of any deferred development cost charge is a challenge for developers.

He wrote that such a charge needs to be weighed against the value of proper planning and placement of infrastructure.

“This charge will allow the School District to work with developers, local governments and the (B.C.) Ministry of Education to ensure that future land needs of the School District are addressed.”

The board of education is asking West Kelowna council to rescind their motion and continue with approval of the school site acquisition charge.

When originally approached in September of this year, West Kelowna opted to wait and see if Westbank First Nation would be included in the charge before approving it themselves.

Coun. Duane Ophus noted approving the charge would put West Kelowna residents at a financial disadvantage.

Mayor Doug Findlater said if the issue can’t be resolved, West Kelowna and the school district would enter an informal process to resolve the issue.

He added that if not, the issue would go through a more formal and mediated process which Cacchioni hopes to avoid because of the cost to both parties.

He pointed out the district of Peachland has also experienced issues around the charge for future school sites.

Findlater said the school district is correct that First Nations land falls under federal jurisdiction, but he did not understand why they could not ask for some kind of arrangement.

“If people living on and units built on reserve are not contributing, then we all contribute a little bit more.”

Council carried a motion to write to School District 23 detailing the West Kelowna position on the charge, and recommending they proceed to the first stage of a reconciliation process, along with Peachland if applicable.

The school sites acquisition charge is placed on residential developers to help fund the purchase of land for schools in the future.

When the charge is in place, the school district can receive funding from the ministry of education as well for land purchases.

School District 23 expects enrolment to grow and schools to be at or over capacity by 2018 across the Central Okanagan.

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Make a comment about the newly created school site acquisition charge that the Regional District of Central Okanagan now wants to charge you on top of the school tax you already pay.  What do you think of having to spend more money for schools that the BC government should be funding through the taxes already charged to you?

In summary, the Eligible School Sites Proposal indicates the following:

1. That there will be an estimated 16,839 new development units constructed in the Central Okanagan School District over the next 10 years;

2. These 16,839 development units will be home to an estimated 3,652 school age children;

3. Although some of the students from the new housing will be accommodated within existing schools, the Board of Education expects that five new school sites will be required as the result of this growth in the district. The immediate site needs are located in the following neighbourhoods: Rutland (Rutland Middle replacement), Upper Okanagan Mission (new elementary and new middle), Winfield (new elementary) and Glenmore (new secondary);

4. As per the Ministry of Education minimum school site size standards; staff has calculated that the new school sites will require 19.1 hectares of land. These sites are expected to be
purchased over the next few years and at current land prices the cost will be approximately $40,470,000. Approximately 35% of this cost is to be collected from developers through the SSAC, with the balance of costs to be borne by the Provincial Government. (The Provincial Government will not fund the balance of the school site costs if an SSAC agreement is not in place with the local governments within a school district's boundary.)

Other municipalities and neighbourhoods will benefit from the SSAC over time as their areas grow and change. Once the charge is established, the SSAC will be updated every second year to take new and updated municipal planning initiatives into consideration (Updated OCP's, Area Structure Plans etc), and the charge and school site needs will be adjusted accordingly so that new growth areas in all municipalities will be serviced with adequate school sites.

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School Site Acquisition Charge - Eligible School Site Proposal (attachment)

Recommendation of the Planning and Facilities Committee - May 19, 2010

The Secretary-Treasurer presented the School Site Acquisition Charge - Eligible School Site Proposal.

The School Site Acquisition Charge (SSAC) is a charge per new dwelling unit to be paid by residential developers throughout school districts, where justified, to help pay for new school sites needed as a result of new residential development.

The following Resolution be adopted at the May 26,2010 Public Meeting of the Board of Education:

Source: August 12, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting Agenda (page 5)

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Why are private schools tax exempt when taxes pay for perfectly good public system?
Kelowna Capital News - Letters - October 19, 2010

To the editor:

I wanted to express my opinion on the businesses that apply for property tax exemptions.

Although I understand that many organizations, like Interior Health, should be given exemptions because we fund them as taxpayers anyway, and that properties and/or businesses owned by the city (such as H2O center or the library) would be exempt, I disagree that churches, and more importantly private schools, should be given any exemptions whatsoever.

Why should I, as a taxpayer, be expected to subsidize someone else’s desire to pursue a private education when I already pay for a public system?

I say no to the exemptions. The City of Kelowna can use the funds for real public needs.

D. Warren,
Kelowna

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Poll from Castanet.net

Are you concerned about studies which show a WiFi connections pose a danger in children?

Yes 418
No 525
Total votes: 943

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West Kelowna council highlights
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 56936 - Sep 16, 2010

The following are highlights of the District of West Kelowna council meeting of Tuesday, September 14.

School Site Acquisition Charge - Representatives of the School District 23 attended Council to present information regarding its request that the District implement a School Site Acquisition Charge, which is a charge on new dwelling units to be paid by residential developers in the geographic boundaries of school districts where the charge is justified. The charge is to be collected by local governments and transferred to the school district. No school site acquisition in West Kelowna is forecast for the near future, but charges would be levied on West Kelowna developers regardless. Council was advised that this charge does not apply to property on First Nation land, but that the School District intended to approach Westbank First Nation to voluntarily implement the charge. Council agreed to wait for results from the School District’s consultation with Westbank First Nation on this issue before pursuing any further.

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CHBC News Video - Sep 2010

$15,000 painting of a girl on the pavement in front of school that will only be there a couple weeks before its removed.

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Education fee hike too high:NDP
Kelowna Capital News - By Kathy Michaels - August 27, 2010

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NDP leader Carole James learned all about how higher education is keeping local students down when she rolled into Kelowna as part of a province-wide tour Friday.

“I think there’s a lot of excitement on campus about the expansions, the increased number of students…and those are all wonderful,” said James, who, on Friday, met with about a dozen students at the UBC-O campus.

“But there are a lot of concerns about the pressures of affording transit, housing, textbooks and tuition.”

Students, she said, are paying more, but with a weakened economy are heading to classes with less resources.

It’s a growing imbalance that some said is being exploited.

“Tuition this year went up by the maximum two per cent, but there’s been no inflation in the last year,” explained Grayson Lepp, the executive director of the UBC Okanagan students’ association.

Highlighting that the cost of education, even in the Okanagan, isn’t something all can afford, Lepp said he pays a yearly tuition of $5,200 and $1,600 for textbooks.

That cost is barely covered by loans. And, he stressed, the cost to re-pay what’s been borrowed has become another significant worry to students.

All in all, James walked away from the meeting with an understanding that students want the prohibitive costs associated with getting an education to be addressed.

“I’m concerned there’s not enough advanced planning,” she said, referring to the fact that now is not the time to slow the number of students going through university doors.

In a few years, the economy will be hit by the “silver tsunami” and trained professionals will make their exodus from the workforce.

To ensure that there’s a continual flow, James said the NDP would like to see cost issues addressed through grants and scholarships, among other things.

They’d also address the cost it pays to payback loans.

“The province makes money on student loans,” she said.

“They borrow at a lower rate than they charge students and that adds to the load.”

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SD23 keeping an eye on WiFi concerns
by Castanet Staff - Story: 56553 - Aug 27, 2010

All across the country, parents are raising concern about a piece of technology and its possible risk to school children.

WiFi Internet connections are starting to appear in more and more Canadian schools and some parents are concerned about the safety risks that could come with exposing children to low level microwaves for long periods of time.

In one elementary school in Barrie, Ontario, parents are demanding the school turn off its WiFi before children return to classes in September.

Various scientific reports have been released and one thing they all seem to be able to agree on is that that children are more susceptible to the microwaves from WiFi because their brains are still developing.

School District 23 Superintendent Hugh Gloster says they are keeping an eye on the issue.

“At the present time, our IT department is looking at the response which is supposed to be coming out of both Ontario and from the Federal government relative to this issue,” says Gloster.

He says it's not just students in schools who are being exposed to WiFi.

“It's everyone in virtually all walks of life are now being exposed to WiFi microwaves. If a report is released from a reputable group, we will look at it carefully and decide from there what to do with it.”

Gloster says every school in SD23 has some level of WiFi connectivity.

He says at this point, no parents have expressed concern to him about WiFi in their student's school.

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School district already banking smart
Kelowna Capital News - August 26, 2010

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The Central Okanagan School District is ahead of the game on money-saving banking service consolidations suggested by the Auditor General.

But new policies in how the province delivers funding to districts may end up costing the districts in a different way.

B.C. school districts have started to amalgamate their payroll and business administration systems, and they should do the same with their banking and investments, Auditor General John Doyle says.

In a report on how colleges and school districts manage their money, Doyle found that different organizations keep widely varying amounts of cash on hand, and some report that they are reluctant to shop around for banking services because of the time and cost involved in switching banks.

“Although colleges and school districts use individually competitive procurement processes for banking and investment services, we doubt that they are able to be obtaining overall best value to government,” Doyle said in a report released Wednesday.

“Given the size of government banking requirements, the central coordination of procurement for these services could benefit colleges and school districts substantially.”

As students get ready to return to classrooms, some of B.C.’s 60 school districts are implementing a shared system for payroll, vacation and substitute teacher scheduling, accounts payable and receivable, financial reporting and travel expenses.

Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid announced in May that the common business system will be implemented first in Kamloops-Thompson, Surrey, Vancouver and North Vancouver districts, because they are large districts whose computer systems are in need of replacement.

Local school district secretary-treasurer Larry Paul noted the district is essentially a very large cash company.

In dealing with a single bank, the school district basically pays no fees due to the volume of business it brings.

“I’d struggle to see where they’d find large savings in our particular case.”

Paul noted that a smaller district without the volume of financial business might benefit from joining the school district.

An additional concern on the school district’s part is that the province has changed the way the school district receives cash.

Paul said the grants are now delivered on a “just-in-time” basis, affecting the amount of cash in district accounts and subsequently their banking fees.

“Your discounts to zero were based on a certain balance in the account on an average basis.”

Paul pointed out that between the district investments and their cash in the bank, they generated enough business for the bank that they didn’t have to charge fees to the district.

“On the whole, we really didn’t pay any bank charges.”

With cash balances to decline for the school district, Paul noted the bank may look at the arrangement and consider recapturing some of the administrative costs. He pointed out such declines can be avoided in the short term by resorting to the district’s line of credit or liquidating investments, but keeping on top of the situation demands closer monitoring by district staff. He pointed out if there is a timing error in grants coming from the province, the district has to make sure there is money available.

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Auditor checks school money skills
Kelowna Capital News - By Tom Fletcher - BC Local News - August 25, 2010

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VICTORIA – B.C. school districts have started to amalgamate their payroll and business administration systems, and they should do the same with their banking and investments, Auditor General John Doyle says.

In a report on how colleges and school districts manage their money, Doyle found that different organizations keep widely varying amounts of cash on hand, and some report that they are reluctant to shop around for banking services because of the time and cost involved in switching banks.

"Although colleges and school districts use individually competitive procurement processes for banking and investment services, we doubt that they are able to be obtaining overall best value to government," Doyle said in a report released Wednesday. "Given the size of government banking requirements, the central coordination of procurement for these services could benefit colleges and school districts substantially."

As students get ready to return to classrooms, some of B.C.'s 60 school districts are implementing a shared system for payroll, vacation and substitute teacher scheduling, accounts payable and receivable, financial reporting and travel expenses.

Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid announced in May that the common business system will be implemented first in Kamloops-Thompson, Surrey, Vancouver and North Vancouver districts, because they are large districts whose computer systems are in need of replacement.

In a separate report looking at fraud prevention in government, Doyle cited an example of two former school district employees who diverted $160,000 worth of cheques payable to the district to their personal accounts.

In another case examined by Auditor General staff, a college employee created fake invoices totaling more than $400,000 and then approved them for payment.

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North Westside Road Consolidated Official Community Plan (link no longer works) but this one does

North Westside Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 785, 1999

9. Residents envision a future school site in the area so that their children are no longer required to be bused to schools in the Lakeview and Vernon areas; and
(from page 17)

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8.1 Education and Community Facilities
The school system is operated by School District No. 23 under the mandate of the Ministry of Education. The Regional District has no mandate on education policies other than advocating to the School District on policy areas that impact the Regional
District.

Presently there are no schools or school sites within the North Westside area. Students are presently bused to schools outside the plan area. School District No. 23 enrollment figures (1996) indicate there are a total of 44 students attending Lakeview
Elementary school; 29 students attending Kelowna Secondary School; and 83 students who are bused to School District No. 22 in Vernon (as part of a separate school agreement).

The School District requires 200 elementary students from an area before it can consider establishing a school. In 1996 the elementary school student population was 93 students.

As part of the Westside Road Parks Preplan an elementary school site has been identified in the vicinity to the“Valley of the Sun” subdivision. The site has been identified as part of a sports field/community complex. The construction of any future school or community complex will require a safety review of access onto Westside Road.

The North Westside presently has one community hall at Killiney Beach. The facility is a joint use facility with the local fire service. One additional site is proposed at the “Valley of the Sun” as part of a community complex/school site. There may be additional opportunities for community facilities through joint use with such services as firehalls, or through the use of rental of private facilities such as Lake Okanagan Resort.

Issues
• Making sure a future elementary school site is protected in the North Westside area;
• How to better utilize existing community facilities; and
• How to address residents’ desire to establish some form of health service in their rural area.

Objectives
The Regional District’s education and community facilities objectives are to:
1. Maintain existing facilities and provide new sites for schools and community facilities;
2. Encourage the provision of community institutional uses to serve the needs of the community; and
3. Encourage the establishment of a mobile or satellite health clinic to serve the needs of residents in the North Westside area.

Policies
The Regional District will:
1. Continue liaison with School District No. 23 to determine the need for constructing an elementary school;
2. Coordinate resources to ensure provision for a future school site in the general location of the “Valley of the Sun” subdivision;
3. Continue the commitment to establish joint-use agreements with School District No. 23 to make the best use of land and community facilities;
4. Continue partnerships with community groups and local residents to facilitate construction and operation of new community centres; and
5. Review opportunities and encourage the establishment of a mobile or satellite health clinic office to serve the needs of the rural communities in the North Westside area.
6. Where community or school uses are adjacent to areas within the ALR, guidelines prepared by the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission – Landscape Buffer Specification, should be utilized.

(page 49)

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August 12, 2010 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting

Future School Site Acquisition Charge Policy

The Regional Board has adopted a recommendation from School District No. 23 regarding implementation of a new School Site Acquisition Charge (SSAC).

The proposed charge, which would be required under pending Provincial legislation would apply to future development in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas and would be collected for the School District to fund future school site purchases. Each member municipality will also consider implementing and collecting a similar charge on new development for the School District to fund future school site acquisition.

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August 12, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting Agenda

Item 2.2 School District No. 23.pdf

*These are only a snippetts of the 25 pages*

In summary, the Eligible School Sites Proposal indicates the following:

1. That there will be an estimated 16,839 new development units constructed in the Central Okanagan School District over the next 10 years;

2. These 16,839 development units will be home to an estimated 3,652 school age children;

3. Although some of the students from the new housing will be accommodated within existing schools, the Board of Education expects that five new school sites will be required as the result of this growth in the district. The immediate site needs are located in the following neighbourhoods: Rutland (Rutland Middle replacement), Upper Okanagan Mission (new elementary and new middle), Winfield (new elementary) and Glenmore (new secondary);
4. As per the Ministry of Education minimum school site size standards; staff has calculated that the new school sites will require 19.1 hectares of land. These sites are expected to be purchased over the next few years and at current land prices the cost will be approximately $40,470,000. Approximately 35% of this cost is to be collected from developers through the
SSAC, with the balance of costs to be borne by the Provincial Government
. (The Provincial Government will not fund the balance of the school site costs if an SSAC agreement is not in place with the local governments within a school district's boundary.)
Other municipalities and neighbourhoods will benefit from the SSAC over time as their areas grow and change. Once the charge is established, the SSAC will be updated every second year to take new and updated municipal planning initiatives into consideration (Updated OCP's, Area Structure Plans etc), and the charge and school site needs will be adjusted accordingly so that new growth areas in all municipalities will be serviced with adequate school sites.

(from page 2)

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May 26, 2010 (page 3)

At a Public Meeting of the Board of Education, the Eligible School Sites Proposal was presented again. There were no questions, comments or concerns raised from the public gallery or in written correspondence. The Board of Education adopted the Eligible School Sites Proposal and approved Resolution No. 10P-l02 in accordance with the School Act.

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If required/ additional information on the School Site Acquisition Act Regulation can be found at:
http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/legislation/schoollaw/d/bcreg 17-00.pdf

The BC Government School Site Acquisition Charge Implementation Guide can also be found at:
http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/capitalplanning/ssac/ssacguide.pdf

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Eligible School Sites Proposal and New School Sites.

Eligible SD23 School Sites Proposal and New School Sites map.
click for larger map

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August 12, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting Minutes

2. CORRESPONDENCE

2.2 School District No. 23 - School Site Acquisition Charge Implementation - Local Government approval

School District No. 23 letter of July 15 outlined the School Site Acquisition Charge Implementation bylaw which after consultation with local governments has been approved by the School District. Under the School Sites Acquisition legislation local governments have 60 days to either: pass a resolution accepting the School Boards' resolution of proposed eligible school site requirements for the school district, or respond in writing indicating that it does not accept the School Board's proposed site requirements.

Discussion:
Concern was expressed in regards to consultation with First Nations as to their contribution and the acquisition of school property for fair market value and possible extra costs on the Development community.

The question was raised if the Regional District would have to create a Development Cost Charge Bylaw? No, the School Board is the one implementing the School Site Acquisition Charge not the local government.

EDGSON/HAYES
WHEREAS Municipal Act Section 937.4 of the School Act requires that before a Board of Education submits the capital plan required under School Act Section 142 it consult with each local government in the school district and, that the Board of
Education and local government make all reasonable efforts to reach agreement;

AND WHEREAS the Board of Education of School District No. 23 (Central Okanagan) has consulted with The Regional District of Central Okanagan;

THEREFORE, the Regional Board of the Regional District of Central Okanagan accepts School Districts' resolution of proposed eligible school site requirements for the School District.

AND FURTHER THAT this be subject to an appropriate administration charge being imposed that is consistent throughout the region.

CARRIED

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