YOUR PAC EXECUTIVES 2013/2014
Chair: Tim Philps
Vice-Chair: Philippa Howells
Treasurer: E.J. Hobson
Secretary: Jill Stoness and Jazmina Bozik
School Planning Council: Tamara Nobuko, Rhonda Kotick, .
All parents/guardians of children in a school are members of the Parent Advisory Council and entitled to attend meetings. The principal or vice principal will be a member (ex officio) of the Parent Advisory Council. A teacher representative will be appointed and may also attend the meetings to provide information, answer questions, and discuss school matters and parental concerns.
At an annual general meeting held in the spring or fall, PACs elect an executive usually consisting of a chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer. Some PACs elect committee chairs (e.g., fundraising chair, volunteer chair) and members at large to the executive as well. Elected PAC executives often hold regular executive meetings between general PAC meetings to organize and carry out the day-to-day work of the PAC.
Function of Parent Advisory Councils
According to the BC School Act, the school parents, through their elected representatives on the Parent Advisory Council executive, may consult with the principal and staff of their school “…respecting any matter relating to the school”.
Topics on which PACs may offer advice and assistance include:
- school philosophy and program priorities
- school regulations and general student conduct
- the curriculum, new instructional programs, facilities, equipment and learning resources
- budget, alterations and renovations to facilities
- safety programs and procedures
- alternatives for identifying, communicating and meeting unique community needs
- appropriate school evaluation matters
- communicating ideas from the community to the board of school trustees and school staff
- informing the community about decisions made at the school, district and ministry levels
- methods to ensure racial and cultural understanding and improve the sense of community within the school neighborhood
- methods of resolving school-community differences and improving relations
- the promoting of voter participation in school board elections, through non-partisan methods (PACs do not favour or support any party or candidate; they simply provide open forums in which all candidates can express their views) methods to encourage other community individuals and groups who do not have children of school age to attend meetings to express their ideas and share their concerns.
It should be noted that the Parent Advisory Council is not a forum for discussion of individual staff members or students. Such discussion should be arranged privately with the teacher, principal or area associate superintendent by those concerned.
The members of the PAC executive are advocates for their school community to the VSB, the city of Vancouver and the Ministry of Education.