Board & Committees News

Jan 3 2012 - 3:09pm

It’s time to take stock of what we offer and determine what programs and opportunities should be prioritized now and into the future in order to create the best possible learning environment. It’s a big task and a major part of the process is our new website called Our Future. The site has three sections: Your Schools, Your Community, and Your Voice.

Dec 7 2011 - 11:26am

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with an update on report cards and to seek feedback from you on whether or not you have a student in grade 12 who requires marks for post-secondary applications at this time of the year.

Dec 5 2011 - 5:00pm

Injuries on the job have a big cost, both to the worker’s health and to an organization’s bottom line. No time are such injuries more likely to occur than in the winter or during school breaks when routine duties are altered. While winter snowfall can elicit joy among many students, for many school building engineers, a snow dump means hours of heavy and frantic shoveling. For many older engineers, this can be particularly taxing and in some cases, dangerous.

Nov 18 2011 - 1:00am

On Thursday November 10, 2011 a reception was held at the Masonic Hall to honor employees from the teaching staff, administrative staff and support staff who retired during the 2010/2011 school year. The retirees were treated to some inspiring music from the Eric Hamber Jazz Band under the direction of teacher Nick Francis and were later serenaded by the Lord Byng Concert Choir under the director Lisa Lan. The retirees enjoyed a selection of appetizers and desserts and had a chance to connect with former colleagues and friends and share stories. 

Nov 17 2011 - 10:17am

The annual United Way Pancake Breakfast has been a celebrated tradition for more than a decade at the Vancouver Board of Education (VBE). This year, like years past, employees from all over the district attended the event, which signals the start of the campaign.

Nov 7 2011 - 10:19am

You are likely aware that teachers are presently involved in a labour dispute, phase one of which commenced on the first day of the current school year.  As part of this action, members of the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) in every school district in the province are choosing to not prepare report cards.  The Labour Relations Board (LRB) ruled that during the current job action, teachers need not prepare or distribute report cards; or provide any student assessment data to principals or school office staff, except for Grade 12 marks required for graduation, post-secondary applications and scholarship purposes.

Oct 24 2011 - 11:32am


Across the province, general local elections are held every three years on the third Saturday of November. The next election will be held on November 19, 2011.

Oct 19 2011 - 10:10am

Last week, VSB Superintendent Steve Cardwell appeared on “Your Education Matters” with Paul Shaker. During the interview, Cardwell touched on a number of themes while outlining his vision for the future of public education.

Sep 15 2011 - 5:32pm

Board Chairperson Patti Bacchus and Superintendent Steve Cardwell attended and presented a brief to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services today. The brief included five key areas of concern for the Vancouver School Board and likely for most school districts across the province. 

Mar 17 2011 - 1:00pm

The Board is releasing the report titled Quest Outdoor Program Review as ordered by the Information and Privacy Commissioner.

Feb 23 2011 - 12:30pm

Vancouver Board of Education trustees, on February 21, voted unanimously in favour of Vice-Chair Jane Bouey’s motion of support for Bill C-389, which adds gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Jan 31 2011 - 2:53pm

There is strong community support for the development of an Aboriginal-focussed school, according to Vancouver Board of Education Chair Patti Bacchus, but what form it will take needs further thought and discussion.

Jan 21 2011 - 2:59pm

Vancouver police and the Vancouver School Board (VSB) are partnering on an important program aimed at preventing sexual assaults, and in particular, drug facilitated sexual assaults.

Jan 11 2011 - 11:28am

The Vancouver Board of Education would like to hear from you about their plans they are making to begin a new program with an Aboriginal Focus. Community forums to be held Jan 24 and 25.

Jan 5 2011 - 3:16pm

As a new calendar year begins, on behalf of the Vancouver Board of Education, I want to wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.

Dec 20 2010 - 3:51pm

It was good news for the Kitsilano Secondary community on December 14 when Vancouver school board trustees approved the capital project bylaw for the school’s replacement and renovation.

Dec 15 2010 - 1:00am

Vancouver Board of Education Trustees have decided to not consider further the potential closure of five elementary schools planned for June 30, 2011.

Dec 6 2010 - 8:39pm

As I reflect on the past year, the proverb about living in interesting times comes to mind, and the question it raises about whether doing so is a blessing or a curse. There have indeed been some moments that felt somewhat cursed, but overall I believe we are truly blessed to be part of this complex and wonderful organization known as the VSB.

Dec 5 2010 - 1:09pm

The Vancouver Board of Education should not consider the closure of five elementary schools at this time according to one of nine recommendation from senior staff in the Administrative Report: Public Consultation on School Closures and Recommendations to the Vancouver Board of Education.

Nov 24 2010 - 3:39pm

On Nov 22, 2010, Marc Keilburger, co-founder of Free the Children,  addressed the members of a school board committee and a group of Lord Byng students who are on their way to volunteer in Kenya in Dec, 2010.