Chilliwack School District

The Chilliwack Board of Education meets on Feb. 23, 2021 via Zoom. (Screenshot)

B.C.’s education minister directs Chilliwack board to become inclusive

Special advisors worked for months to identify issues among contentious trustee group

The Chilliwack Board of Education meets on Feb. 23, 2021 via Zoom. (Screenshot)
This year’s budget for the Chilliwack School District is just over $174 million. Next year’s budget will be discussed by the board at their next meeting, on April 13, 2021 and the public is encouraged to tune in online. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Budget discussions on agenda for Chilliwack school board, as belt tightens

Some trustees voiced concern recently that they would have to potentially cut some programs

This year’s budget for the Chilliwack School District is just over $174 million. Next year’s budget will be discussed by the board at their next meeting, on April 13, 2021 and the public is encouraged to tune in online. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Paul Allanson, vice principal of Vedder elementary, launches a protected egg from a scissor lift during the school’s egg drop event on Thursday, April 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: Smashing good time had at Chilliwack elementary school’s egg-drop event

Students at Vedder elementary see if their egg-protecting contraptions pass the test

Paul Allanson, vice principal of Vedder elementary, launches a protected egg from a scissor lift during the school’s egg drop event on Thursday, April 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Crews work on the construction of Stitó:s Lá:lém Totí:lt near the Vedder River on Thursday, April 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Construction moving along as Chilliwack adds more than 2,000 new student seats

Four district capital projects all underway with two new schools and two new additions

Crews work on the construction of Stitó:s Lá:lém Totí:lt near the Vedder River on Thursday, April 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A screenshot of a Barry Neufeld-shared link with accompanying post in a private Facebook group. Screenshot obtained by PressProgress.

Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld tells parents to pull kids out of public school

Neufeld posted his advice on an anti-LGBTQ Facebook page

A screenshot of a Barry Neufeld-shared link with accompanying post in a private Facebook group. Screenshot obtained by PressProgress.
Alisa Gusakova was one of two Grade 12 Chilliwack students who received a $5,000 Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack teen receives $5,000 scholarship for overcoming adversity

‘Difficult transition’ for Alisa Gusakova and mom who came to Chilliwack from Russia eight years ago

Alisa Gusakova was one of two Grade 12 Chilliwack students who received a $5,000 Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Doug Fraser, a teacher at Ford Mountain Correction Centre in Chilliwack River Valley, spoke passionately about his program for inmates in January 2020. The Chilliwack Board of Education is now joining other school boards in requesting more reliable funding for programs in provincial institutions. (YouTube/Chilliwack School District)

Chilliwack school board unaminous in support for new prison education funding model

Ford Mountain Correctional Centre sees up to fifty per cent participation in high school program

Doug Fraser, a teacher at Ford Mountain Correction Centre in Chilliwack River Valley, spoke passionately about his program for inmates in January 2020. The Chilliwack Board of Education is now joining other school boards in requesting more reliable funding for programs in provincial institutions. (YouTube/Chilliwack School District)
The Chilliwack Board of Education passed their amended budget for the current school year on Feb. 23, 2021. They will begin to focus on next year’s budget after the province announces its budget in mid-March. (Screenshot)

Chilliwack school board approves budget for current school year

With amended budget dealt with, next step will be to look at next year’s budget

The Chilliwack Board of Education passed their amended budget for the current school year on Feb. 23, 2021. They will begin to focus on next year’s budget after the province announces its budget in mid-March. (Screenshot)
Chilliwack Mayor Ken Popove serves hot dogs to students at Strathcona Elementary on Pink Shirt Day, Feb. 24, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Hot dog day draws out Chilliwack mayor, music and fun at Strathcona elementary

Fun lunch at Chilliwack school a way to build school community, and support Community Services

Chilliwack Mayor Ken Popove serves hot dogs to students at Strathcona Elementary on Pink Shirt Day, Feb. 24, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trustees and staff at the Chilliwack School District congratulate Carin Bondar, middle row at right, after her oath of office meeting on Feb. 23, 2021. (Screenshot)

Chilliwack’s newest school trustee takes oath of office

Carin Bondar won byelection on Feb. 13, filling seat left empty by Coulter

Trustees and staff at the Chilliwack School District congratulate Carin Bondar, middle row at right, after her oath of office meeting on Feb. 23, 2021. (Screenshot)
The Chilliwack School District office.

Chilliwack’s newest school board trustee to be sworn in tonight

Carin Bondar joins Chilliwack school board following byelection win

The Chilliwack School District office.
One of the blueprints shown at the Dec. 8, 2020 Chilliwack Board of Education meeting of a new addition being built at Vedder elementary school. (Chilliwack School District)

Construction begins on new two-storey addition at Vedder Elementary

Chilliwack school will have 240 new seats when addition is complete in September 2022

One of the blueprints shown at the Dec. 8, 2020 Chilliwack Board of Education meeting of a new addition being built at Vedder elementary school. (Chilliwack School District)
Chilliwack school board trustee Barry Neufeld at the previous board’s last meeting before the Oct. 20, 2018 election. (Paul Henderson/ Progress file)

Chilliwack school board responds to newest legal action against controversial trustee

Board underlines that they are not a respondent in court case looking to have Barry Neufeld removed

Chilliwack school board trustee Barry Neufeld at the previous board’s last meeting before the Oct. 20, 2018 election. (Paul Henderson/ Progress file)
Fraser Health is changing the way it communicates school exposures, in a new streamlined process, effective Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (PIXABAY)

Fraser Health streamlining COVID notices to schools and families

Change to notification process is hoped to impove communications

Fraser Health is changing the way it communicates school exposures, in a new streamlined process, effective Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (PIXABAY)
COVID-19 virus (file photo).

COVID exposure notices sitting at six for Chilliwack schools this weekend

A weekly tally of coronavirus exposure notices sent to all Chilliwack schools

COVID-19 virus (file photo).
A map showing part of Chilliwack’s new southside elementary and middle school which will open in September 2022.

City and school district sign agreement for $3.75 million turf field

New sports facility will be located at south side school, to be opened September 2022

A map showing part of Chilliwack’s new southside elementary and middle school which will open in September 2022.
The current amended budget for the Chilliwack School District is just over $174 million. It has been through two readings over two meetings and is slated for a third reading and adoption at the next board meeting on Feb. 23, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Trustees ask to cut funding from current school year budget in Chilliwack

Amendment process of 2020/2021 school board budget moves through approval process

The current amended budget for the Chilliwack School District is just over $174 million. It has been through two readings over two meetings and is slated for a third reading and adoption at the next board meeting on Feb. 23, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)
Carin Bondar announced Nov. 26 that she will be running in the upcoming byelection to replace outgoing school trustee Dan Coulter. She won the Feb. 13, 2021 byelection. (Sarah Sovereign Photography)

More than 10,000 turn out to vote in Chilliwack school board byelection

Tight race broken by successful run at mail-in ballot option offered due to pandemic

Carin Bondar announced Nov. 26 that she will be running in the upcoming byelection to replace outgoing school trustee Dan Coulter. She won the Feb. 13, 2021 byelection. (Sarah Sovereign Photography)
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.

Polls are now closed in the Chilliwack school board byelection

Votes are being tallied and will be reported in the hours after 8 p.m. on Feb. 13

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.
B.C. students will soon be taking the Foundational Skills Assessment (FSA), an annual test required by the B.C. Ministry of Education. (Black Press file photo)

Chilliwack teachers’ union calls on district to honour parental choice on Foundational Skills Assessments

A school year which has included a pandemic should not include standardized testing, CTA states

B.C. students will soon be taking the Foundational Skills Assessment (FSA), an annual test required by the B.C. Ministry of Education. (Black Press file photo)