Chilliwack School District

In this photo illustration, a provincial election mail-in ballot sealed in an Elections B.C. return envelope is seen before being deposited in a Canada Post mailbox, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. For the Chilliwack school board byelection being held Feb. 13, 2020, mail ballots will now be a part of the process. (The Canadian Press/ Darryl Dyck)

Mail ballots approved for Chilliwack school board byelection

Applications to vote by mail need to be submitted to city by Jan. 28

 

Bernard elementary in Chilliwack saved for several years to be able to have the First Nations inspired mural hand painted on the side of their school. Artists Disco and Mavik were busy on Jan. 17, 2020 finishing the work. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack’s newest school mural speaks to ‘optimism, hope and courage’

Bernard elementary latest school in Chilliwack to include mural art on its exterior

 

The Chilliwack school board voted in favour of a two-week spring break on Jan. 12, 2020 at their regular board meeting. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack school board votes for two-week spring break for 2022, reluctantly

Majority of survey respondants voted overwhelmingly in favour of longer spring break option

 

Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld (bottom right) lights a cigarette during a public school board meeting held via Zoom on Jan. 12. He was also seen drinking from a wine glass before his video feed cut out. (Screenshot)

Chilliwack school trustee asked to resign by peers, lights up cigarette in meeting

Chilliwack school board asked Barry Neufeld to resign due to controversial Facebook post

Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld (bottom right) lights a cigarette during a public school board meeting held via Zoom on Jan. 12. He was also seen drinking from a wine glass before his video feed cut out. (Screenshot)
Clockwise from top left: Carin Bondar, Brian VanGarderen, Richard Procee and Adam Suleman are the four candidates for the Feb. 13 byelection for school trustee in Chilliwack.

School trustee byelection candidates finding ways to meet the public during pandemic

Zoom meetings and social media popular for candidates vying for seat in Feb. 13 byelection

Clockwise from top left: Carin Bondar, Brian VanGarderen, Richard Procee and Adam Suleman are the four candidates for the Feb. 13 byelection for school trustee in Chilliwack.
The Chilliwack school board will vote on the 2021/2022 calendar on Jan. 12, 2020 in their regular board meeting. At issue is the length of spring break. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Majority of Chilliwack students, staff vote for two-week spring break

Chilliwack school board to vote on next year’s calendar at upcoming meeting

The Chilliwack school board will vote on the 2021/2022 calendar on Jan. 12, 2020 in their regular board meeting. At issue is the length of spring break. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Clockwise from top left: Carin Bondar, Brian VanGarderen, Richard Procee and Adam Suleman are the four candidates for the Feb. 13 byelection for school trustee in Chilliwack.
Clockwise from top left: Carin Bondar, Brian VanGarderen, Richard Procee and Adam Suleman are the four candidates for the Feb. 13 byelection for school trustee in Chilliwack.
Brian VanGarderen will be running in the upcoming byelection for school trustee in Chilliwack. (Submitted)
Brian VanGarderen will be running in the upcoming byelection for school trustee in Chilliwack on Feb. 13, 2021. (Submitted)

Abbotsford teacher the fourth and final candidate to join Chilliwack school board byelection race

Brian VanGarderen works as a hearing resource teacher in the Abbotsford School District

Brian VanGarderen will be running in the upcoming byelection for school trustee in Chilliwack. (Submitted)
Brian VanGarderen will be running in the upcoming byelection for school trustee in Chilliwack on Feb. 13, 2021. (Submitted)
Richard Procee is the third candidate to make his intentions know for the Chilliwack school trustee byelection, being held Feb. 13, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack business owner enters school board byelection race

Richard Procee is the third candidate to announce he will run in the Feb. 13 byelection

Richard Procee is the third candidate to make his intentions know for the Chilliwack school trustee byelection, being held Feb. 13, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Students outside Chilliwack Secondary School on Sept. 15, 2020. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

TOP STORIES 2020: Parents spent 2020 worrying about school transmission

OPINION: Chilliwack schools saw a drop in enrolment as case numbers and fears rose in the fall

Students outside Chilliwack Secondary School on Sept. 15, 2020. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)
A private message exchange between Chilliwack School Trustees Willow Reichelt and Barry Neufeld was made public by Neufeld at a board meeting on Oct. 20. (YouTube)

TOP STORIES 2020: Another tumultuous year at Chilliwack School board ends with ministry intervention

Board undergoes changes in 2020, including losing one trustee to provincial politics

A private message exchange between Chilliwack School Trustees Willow Reichelt and Barry Neufeld was made public by Neufeld at a board meeting on Oct. 20. (YouTube)
The Chilliwack school board is in need of one more trustee, and a byelection will be held Feb. 13, 2021. (Progress file)

Nomination period for Chilliwack school trustee byelection opens today

Byelection will fill the role left vacant by former trustee Dan Coulter, who is now Chilliwack MLA

The Chilliwack school board is in need of one more trustee, and a byelection will be held Feb. 13, 2021. (Progress file)
School has been a challenging time throughout 2020, and COVID-19 exposure notices keep trickling in as the year wraps up. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

COVID-19 notices trickling in for Chilliwack schools over winter break

New exposure notices include daycares within two elementary schools

School has been a challenging time throughout 2020, and COVID-19 exposure notices keep trickling in as the year wraps up. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Chilliwack School District Trustee Heather Maahs (right) speaks to the board prior to the election of board chair, while Trustee Willow Reichelt listens. The board of education is now being evaluated by two special advisor, by order of the Minister of Education. (YouTube/ Chilliwack School District)

Chilliwack teachers hope advisors will ‘empower’ school board to act respectful

Special advisors have started evaluation of Chillliwack school board, will finish end of February

Chilliwack School District Trustee Heather Maahs (right) speaks to the board prior to the election of board chair, while Trustee Willow Reichelt listens. The board of education is now being evaluated by two special advisor, by order of the Minister of Education. (YouTube/ Chilliwack School District)
MLA Jennifer Whiteside is B.C.’s new minister of education. She has now appointed two special advisors to evaluate the Chilliwack school board. (Black Press)

Special advisors appointed to evaluate Chilliwack school board

Minister of Education also starting review of the province’s school act

MLA Jennifer Whiteside is B.C.’s new minister of education. She has now appointed two special advisors to evaluate the Chilliwack school board. (Black Press)
Adam Suleman announced his intention to run in the Chilliwack school board byelection on Dec. 21, 2020. The byelection is set for Feb. 13, 2021. (Submitted)

Simon Fraser student announces intent for Chilliwack school board byelection

Adam Suleman is currently treasurer for SFU Conservatives, running as progressive candidate

Adam Suleman announced his intention to run in the Chilliwack school board byelection on Dec. 21, 2020. The byelection is set for Feb. 13, 2021. (Submitted)
FG Leary elementary vice principal Devin Atkins, at left, and principal Jim Edgcombe pose in tutus with some of the donated food from their students and families, on Dec. 8, 2020 in Chilliwack. (Submitted photo)

FG Leary food donation challenge brought ‘laughter and excitement’ to school

Principals spent a day in tutus to reward students for supporting food hamper program

FG Leary elementary vice principal Devin Atkins, at left, and principal Jim Edgcombe pose in tutus with some of the donated food from their students and families, on Dec. 8, 2020 in Chilliwack. (Submitted photo)
Chilliwack secondary students line up two metres apart from each other while waiting to cross the stage during the filming of the school’s commencement ceremony on Friday, May 22, 2020. Community Gaming Grants will be going to schools across the province, some of which could be used for graduation activities this year. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

$259K in gaming grants being sent to Chilliwack parent advisory councils

Provincical funding to be used for extracurricular activities in the 2020-2021 school year

Chilliwack secondary students line up two metres apart from each other while waiting to cross the stage during the filming of the school’s commencement ceremony on Friday, May 22, 2020. Community Gaming Grants will be going to schools across the province, some of which could be used for graduation activities this year. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
The Chilliwack District Parent Advisory Council has penned a letter to Minister of Education Jennifer Whiteside, asking her to consider removing the entire school board and replacing them with an appointee. (PIXABAY)

Chilliwack parent advisory council recommends removal of entire school board

Chilliwack DPAC writes letter to minister of education asking for an appointee to take over district

The Chilliwack District Parent Advisory Council has penned a letter to Minister of Education Jennifer Whiteside, asking her to consider removing the entire school board and replacing them with an appointee. (PIXABAY)
The students in G.W. Graham’s theatre company program have been filming their one-act plays to stream them online since they are not allowed to perform live theatre in front of an audience due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack high school theatre class finds new way to bring one-act plays to audiences

G.W. Graham’s theatre company is now streaming its productions as a result of COVID-19

The students in G.W. Graham’s theatre company program have been filming their one-act plays to stream them online since they are not allowed to perform live theatre in front of an audience due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)