• WorkBC’s Find Your Fit to showcase B.C.’s in-demand jobs in Castlegar July 24, 2015
    Young people considering what skills they will need for tomorrow’s in-demand occupations will have an opportunity for interactive, hands-on experience at WorkBC’s Find Your Fit tour stop in Castlegar, as part of the summer Kootenay Festival.
  • Everything is awesome when Lego and literacy unite July 20, 2015
    The sounds of creativity echoed through the Greater Victoria Public Library’s Central Branch today as Minister of Education Peter Fassbender was joined by young learners for a morning of reading and Lego building, celebrating the BC Summer Reading Club.
  • Putting new trades equipment in the skilled hands of B.C. students July 20, 2015
    As part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, government is investing $12 million in 2015-16 for new trades equipment at 14 public post-secondary institutions so students planning to enter in-demand occupations learn their trade using industry-standard technology.
  • New training equipment helps BCIT trades students get job-ready July 17, 2015
    Trades students will benefit from a new investment of $2.3 million for BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) to purchase industry-standard trades training equipment, as part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.


CMSD82 News Release – Mike Savage Resignation, IT Manager – August 15, 2015


imagesCAEKQ8XXIt is with mixed emotions that we share the resignation of Mike Savage, Manager of Information Technology effective August 15, 2015. Though Mike’s effective leadership and expertise will be sadly missed by all within the school district, we are in full support of his decision to return to Ontario to be closer to family. Mike has accepted an appointment to an information technology position with the Bluewater School District in Grey/Bruce County.

Coast Mountains School District extends its sincere thanks to Mike for his service and significant contributions made over the past 5 years in moving the Information Technology (IT) Department forward in great strides.

We commend Mike for the successful implementation of a Five-Year Desktop Refresh Program yielding tremendous benefits both in the short-term and long-term for the school district. The IT Department, under… Continue reading

The following video published on July 1, 2015 reflects and celebrates local Gitxsan language and culture with the renaming of Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School in Hazelton, B.C. from John Field Elementary School.  The name Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School means “Flowers of the Rivers”, flowers referring to children and rivers acknowledging the numerous waterways in the traditional Gitxsan territory.  The Coast Mountains Board of Education passed a motion to change the name of John Field Elementary School to Majagaleehl Gali Aks School in February 2014 on the recommendation of the Education Committee and the Learner Success Committee.  The video was produced by Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School.




FYI-largeCoast Mountains Board of Education initiated the services of Mr. Frank Dunham as a consultant and process facilitator to review the current delivery model for alternate programs within Coast Mountains School District 82 during the week of April 27 to May 1, 2015.  The process provided an opportunity for all students, parents/caregivers and staff within our alternate programs, as well as community members, union representatives and senior staff to meet with Mr. Dunham to provide their feedback and comments on our alternate programs.

An Alternate Programs Review Report was prepared by Mr. Dunham based on the aforementioned facilitated process and feedback received.  The report in draft was reviewed during a full-day working session with the Board of Education and senior staff where supporting statements were developed to determine the direction of the alternate programs within the school district.

The draft Alternate Programs Review Report was reviewed… Continue reading



CMSD82 News Release – Surinder Dhaliwal, Principal, Thornhill Elementary School  (PDF Format)


The Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District 82 is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Surinder Dhaliwal to the position of Principal, Thornhill Elementary School effective August 1, 2015.

Mr. Dhaliwal has worked for Coast Mountains School District as a classroom teacher for 15 years with experience at the elementary, middle and secondary levels. He is presently completing a temporary appointment as Vice Principal with Skeena Middle School for the period of August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015.

Mr. Dhaliwal holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Interdisciplinary Studies (Kinesiology/Reading, Elementary Education) and a BC Professional Teaching Certification. He is working towards his Master of Education degree in Leadership through Vancouver Island University.

Mr. Dhaliwal is a team player and a strong advocate for the… Continue reading