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Education programs highlighted

A memorial includes a framed photo taken by John Crowe, one of the divers who helped with the capture and then later worked to stop orca captures and to free Lolita. - Photo courtesy of The Orca Network
A memorial includes a framed photo taken by John Crowe, one of the divers who helped with the capture and then later worked to stop orca captures and to free Lolita.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of The Orca Network

Nanaimo school district’s innovative new educational programs will be showcased for Education Minister Shirley Bond’s visit Monday (Jan. 22).

Jamie Brennan, Nanaimo school board chairman, said the school board staff will focus on highlighting the strong education system in place in Nanaimo--not pressing the minister for money.

“It’s one of her planned visits to school districts,” said Brennan. “I think it’s an opportunity for the district to highlight some of the good programs we have.”

Brennan said many of the programs the district has been working on for the past two years are not seen in other districts yet. For instance, the district has been one of the first to sign an agreement with aboriginal communities on improving the education system for Aboriginal Peoples.

Bond will learn about district initiatives such as the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement, the learning alternatives program, the district’s literacy work, the Early Years Program and healthy school initiatives.

Brennan said Bond will start off meeting with the school board, tour some schools, and speak with parents.

As for a commitment on the renovation and addition construction projects at secondary schools, Brennan said parents, students and staff will probably have to wait longer for a decision.

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