News Stories

November 9, 2022

Lenora Trenaman Re-elected Board Chair and Dawn Lang Elected Vice-Chair

The School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) Board of Education elected their new chair and vice-chair at the inaugural board meeting held November 8 in Nelson. Lenora Trenaman has been relected chair, a title she has held consecutively since 2005 except for one year in 2014. Dawn Lang is serving her first term as vice-chair and has served as an SD8 trustee since 2008. Trustees elect a board chair and vice-chair annually, and school trustees are elected every four years.

June 15, 2022

Drum Making and wuqanqankimik

The Grade 4,5,6 class at Winlaw Elementary has been participating in an Indigenous drum making program this spring. The class worked together to string 10 hand drums that will remain with the school. Over the next two years 20 more hand drums will be strung as a multi-generational drum making program being developed in consultation with Indigenous Educator & Elder Marilyn James. Part of the students’ preparation for the drum making was to spend an afternoon with Liam Fitzpatrick at Winlaw Nature Park.

April 27, 2022

School Bus Drivers Wanted - Make A Difference in Your Community

When James Beaudoin goes to work each morning in Nelson to pick up his school bus, he knows that he is directly supporting a child’s education, social and physical well being.

“Being a bus driver is an important job, and the feeling of being needed and helping my community is very fulfilling. In some cases, we are the first smile that a child will see at the start of their day. Without our support, many kids would have a lot of roadblocks in the way to get to school.”

March 29, 2022

SD8 Vaccine Mandate Paused Until Further Notice

At a meeting on March 28, the School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) Board of Education directed Superintendent Trish Smillie to pause the Proof of Vaccination Regarding COVID-19 Administrative Procedure pending further changes to public health orders and further information from BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA).