• Education awards nomination deadline extended March 20, 2019
    The nomination deadline for the 2019 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education has been extended to April 30.
  • Funding provides thousands of students with new school playgrounds March 15, 2019
    The B.C. government is building 50 new playgrounds in 34 school districts this year, delivering healthier, more accessible learning environments for kids, while reducing pressure on parents to fundraise, announced Rob Fleming, Minister of Education.
  • Helping B.C. students fight lure of gangs with new ERASE strategy March 12, 2019
    Students, parents, educators, law enforcement and local partners in 12 B.C. communities will immediately begin receiving additional support and training opportunities to help at-risk kids get off the pathway to gun and gang violence, with a $1.12-million investment from the Province.
  • Safer, more efficient schools for B.C. students March 6, 2019
    Thousands of British Columbia students will learn and travel to school more safely and comfortably as $206 million flows to school districts for energy upgrades, maintenance projects and new buses. 


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CMSD82 News Release – Jocelynn Drew, Teacher in Charge Interim Assignment, Bear Valley School   (PDF Format)


I am writing to share with you the interim assignment of Jocelynn Drew as Teacher in Charge at Bear Valley School effective April 1, 2019 until a replacement Principal has been determined.

We are grateful that Jocelynn is able to provide assistance with the upcoming retirement of Lionel Brideson, Principal at Bear Valley School effective March 31, 2019.

A long-term employee with the school district, Jocelynn currently holds a teaching position at Bear Valley School. She is an experienced and knowledgeable educator who has taught at both the secondary and elementary levels during her tenure with the school district in the community of Stewart.

Your understanding and patience is appreciated as we transition through this unexpected school administration change. Please be assured that the school district will be providing ongoing… Continue reading


CMSD82 News Release – Geraldine Lawlor, Director of Instruction, Graduation & Innovation Appointment   (PDF Format)


The Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Geraldine Lawlor to the position of Director of Instruction – Graduation & Innovation effective August 1, 2019.

Currently serving as Principal at Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School, Geraldine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, a Bachelor of Education degree with concentrations in Chemistry and Biology, and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

Geraldine brings more than 27 years of experience to the role of Director of Instruction – Graduation & Innovation having served in the positions of Teacher, Vice Principal and Principal in Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School and Kitimat City High School.

She has demonstrated exemplary leadership in serving as the Principal at Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School and the reputation she has… Continue reading


CMSD82 Board of Education Open Letter – March 12, 2019


In light of the recent renewal signing of the BC Tripartite Education Agreement: Supporting First Nation Student Success, the Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District 82 wishes to publicly declare its commitment to ongoing collaboration with communities in the school district to close the education outcome gaps between First Nations and non-First Nations students.

The renewed BC Tripartite Education Agreement is the result of an extensive engagement process between BC’s First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), Canada’s Ministry of Indigenous Services and BC’s Ministry of Education. The agreement benefits First Nations students across the province, recognizing that First Nations people have the right to make educational decisions that affect their students, within their education institutions, consistent with their unique needs, experiences, beliefs and values.

The Board of Education further recognizes the importance of breaking down… Continue reading


CMSD82 Internal News Release – Lionel Brideson, BVS Principal Retirement – March 31, 2019


Coast Mountains School District wishes to announce the retirement of Lionel Brideson, Principal of Bear Valley School effective March 31, 2019. Lionel has chosen to retire following a natural break within the school year.

Lionel joined the school district in August 2016 in the position of Principal of Bear Valley School. Over his thirty-five year career within the education field, Lionel has held the role of Principal in seven different communities within the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Yukon Territory.

The school district is currently working on a decision to have a Temporary Administrator on site at Bear Valley School until the end of June 2019. This information will be communicated to parents/guardians and school district staff next week.

In the interim, Coast Mountains School District is actively seeking a new Principal for… Continue reading


We have been advised that further repairs are required to the water main line at the school district’s Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School located in Hazelton.  As a result, the school will be closing at 12:00 noon today, February 27, in order to complete further repairs to the water main line to the school.


The additional repairs will be completed this afternoon/evening and the school will be open tomorrow, February 28.


 School staff are contacting parents/guardians regarding today’s school closure at 12:00 noon and informing them of the availability of early bus runs.  The regular bus runs will remain in place in the event parents/guardians cannot be contacted.


Parents/Guardians are asked to contact the School Principal should they have questions or require further information.


Katherine McIntosh
Superintendent of Schools