Wednesday, May 30, 2018

SD27 Welcomes Special Advisor Mike McKay

Courtesy of the Board of Education - School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin)

The Chair of the Board of Education of School District No. 27, Tanya Guenther today welcomed the appointment of Special Advisor Mike McKay. Mr. McKay has been appointed by the Minister of Education to provide assistance to the Board and staff to implement recommendations developed by education specialist Dianne Turner in a report to the Minister earlier this year.

Ms. Turner was directed to assess concerns brought forward by the Cariboo Chilcotin Teachers’ Association (CCTA) in a vote of non-confidence in the Board, the Superintendent and the Secretary-Treasurer taken last November. Ms. Turner’s recommendations focus on improving governance, business practices, communication, culture and relationships in SD27.

Ms. Guenther stated “We welcome Mr. McKay’s involvement in our District to work with the Board, staff and stakeholders to implement actions to address Ms. Turner’s recommendations. We stated in a recent letter to the Minister that our Board and staff are committed to implementing actions to respond to the recommendations. We see this is as an opportunity to improve relationships with all our stakeholders and to request their help to improve the educational experience for our students. Mr. McKay is recognized as an experienced education specialist and we look forward to working with him for the benefit of our District.”

Mr. McKay isn’t wasting anytime beginning his work as Special Advisor in SD27. He, and Assistant Deputy Minister Keith Godin, arrived in the District this morning to begin conversations with the Board, staff and other stakeholders. Mr. McKay will be working in his role as special advisor until the end of December 2018 with further consideration at that time.

The Board is appreciative of the Minister’s support in addressing concerns in the District to ensure student achievement remains our focus while we rebuild our relationships with our stakeholders.

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