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Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk addresses a crowd assembled for a forum on school security.                                Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford School District surplus could drop to 1/3 of target range

District targets surplus of $3.8M to $5.8M, but that could drain to $1.3M by summer 2020

Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk addresses a crowd assembled for a forum on school security.                                Abbotsford News file photo
Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk addresses a crowd assembled for a forum on school security. Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford School District expects extra $4.5M from ministry next year

Increase comes mostly from increases in funding rates and enrolment for ‘unique student needs’

Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk addresses a crowd assembled for a forum on school security. Abbotsford News file photo
Rapper Duane “D.O.” Gibson is stopping in Abbotsford on Thursday at Clayburn Middle School to perform and speak to students.Submitted photo

Rapper D.O. Gibson coming to Abbotsford’s Clayburn Middle School

Gibson to perform, speak to students, using hip hop to convey a positive message

Rapper Duane “D.O.” Gibson is stopping in Abbotsford on Thursday at Clayburn Middle School to perform and speak to students.Submitted photo
Abbotsford District Teachers’ Association president Jennifer Brooks presents at a public school board meeting.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford teachers enter collective bargaining with district

Seven meetings scheduled between district and union, running April 30 to June 27

Abbotsford District Teachers’ Association president Jennifer Brooks presents at a public school board meeting.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk says the school district plans to appeal enrolment adjustments from an audit conducted in January.                                Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford school enrolment audit slashes $234k in funding

Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk says school district plans to appeal some of the audit adjustments

Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk says the school district plans to appeal enrolment adjustments from an audit conducted in January.                                Abbotsford News file photo
Abbotsford school board voted to focus the district’s Community Matters Awards on organizations this year with hopes to drive more engagement with nominations.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford school board seeks more engagement in Community Matters Award

This year’s awards to focus on organizations in effort to reverse two years of declining nominations

Abbotsford school board voted to focus the district’s Community Matters Awards on organizations this year with hopes to drive more engagement with nominations.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo
Grade 5 students from Auguston Traditional Elementary (L-R) Emily, Vida Blue, Abby, Alex, Dexter, Riona, Brendan and Ben, backed by teacher Melanie Harder donated to the Cyrus Centre eight backpacks full of items they bought with $1,000 raised through everything from a class bake sale and recycling money to birthday and tooth fairy money. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford kids did chores, donated tooth fairy money for Cyrus Centre

Grade 5 Auguston Traditional Elementary students filled 8 backpacks with items like clothes, deodorant

Grade 5 students from Auguston Traditional Elementary (L-R) Emily, Vida Blue, Abby, Alex, Dexter, Riona, Brendan and Ben, backed by teacher Melanie Harder donated to the Cyrus Centre eight backpacks full of items they bought with $1,000 raised through everything from a class bake sale and recycling money to birthday and tooth fairy money. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Abbotsford School District superintendent Kevin Godden hears questions and comments from Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School parent Carelle McKellan at a public information session last month on seismic upgrades and further necessary maintenance work for the school. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Options presented for Abbotsford students displaced by seismic upgrades

Parents say displacement to another school could permanently turn them away from traditional schools

Abbotsford School District superintendent Kevin Godden hears questions and comments from Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School parent Carelle McKellan at a public information session last month on seismic upgrades and further necessary maintenance work for the school. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Abbotsford School District superintendent Kevin Godden says he hopes the next teacher recruiting mission to Ontario will be more successful as that province is expected to cut thousands of teaching positions.                                file photo

Abbotsford educators eyeing expected Ontario teacher layoffs

Ontario expected to cut 3,500 teaching positions by 2022/23 school year, including 1,500 next year

Abbotsford School District superintendent Kevin Godden says he hopes the next teacher recruiting mission to Ontario will be more successful as that province is expected to cut thousands of teaching positions.                                file photo
On display at the book launch for Lex̱éywa: I Pass the Torch to You, written by Sumas First Nation member Beatrice Silver, were paintings done by an art activism class at Robert Bateman Secondary School, each painting based off an excerpt from weeks of talks Silver did with the class about her experience at residential schools. Those talks ultimately laid the foundation for the book. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

‘I was not a number’: Abbotsford school class turns into residential school memoir

Beatrice Silver told her story to an art activism class, eventually developing that into a novel

On display at the book launch for Lex̱éywa: I Pass the Torch to You, written by Sumas First Nation member Beatrice Silver, were paintings done by an art activism class at Robert Bateman Secondary School, each painting based off an excerpt from weeks of talks Silver did with the class about her experience at residential schools. Those talks ultimately laid the foundation for the book. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Abbotsford Middle School students Jenna Kim (left) and Jennifer Guthrie present the findings of their research on the Bevan Avenue and Ware Street intersection, urging action on increasing safety by extending a school zone to the area. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford Middle students study intersection, urge action on safety

Intersection saw 119 crashes from 2011 to 2016, Jenna Kim and Jennifer Guthrie’s research found

Abbotsford Middle School students Jenna Kim (left) and Jennifer Guthrie present the findings of their research on the Bevan Avenue and Ware Street intersection, urging action on increasing safety by extending a school zone to the area. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
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Abbotsford’s top educator welcomes B.C. tampons, pads directive

Province mandated all school districts to menstrual provide products freely in washrooms

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Abbotsford school raises $10k for heart and stroke

Abbotsford school raises $10k for heart and stroke

Prince Charles Elementary set school record, raising money through ‘Jump Rope for Heart’ campaign

Abbotsford school raises $10k for heart and stroke
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Abbotsford School District gains funding for early years programs

Includes programs for South Asian, Indigenous families, programs for vulnerable, at-risk families

Photo: Flickr@familymwr
This map shows the proposed location for the Eagle Mountain elementary school. (Abbotsford School District)

Abbotsford school officials hope for new school approval before July

Eagle Mountain elementary school proposed back in October 2016 may finally see light this year

This map shows the proposed location for the Eagle Mountain elementary school. (Abbotsford School District)
Abbotsford board of education. (Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo)

Future of Abbotsford schools may be vertically built

High price tags on land, few free acres for schools may mean future schools are built up

Abbotsford board of education. (Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo)
‘Fighting and war’: Abbotsford students, parents oppose temporary relocation

‘Fighting and war’: Abbotsford students, parents oppose temporary relocation

Abbotsford Traditional Secondary parents questioned logistics, cited rivalry over relocation proposal

‘Fighting and war’: Abbotsford students, parents oppose temporary relocation
Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk addresses a crowd assembled for a forum on school security. Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford School District expects budget funding announcement Friday

Budget pressures include shaky surplus position, uncertainties around collective agreement negotiations

Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk addresses a crowd assembled for a forum on school security. Abbotsford News file photo
Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School                                Abbotsford School District photo

Abbotsford Traditional Secondary hosting seismic upgrade info session

School board chair Stan Petersen put to rest rumours of a school closure at that location

Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School                                Abbotsford School District photo
Rick Hansen was at Abbotsford’s Rick Hansen Secondary School, named after the famed disabled athlete, to announce that the school had received his foundation’s first “gold” rating for accessibility Wednesday morning. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford school gets Rick Hansen’s first ‘gold’ accessibility rating for school

Rick Hansen Secondary was paid a visit by its namesake, who announced the accolade

Rick Hansen was at Abbotsford’s Rick Hansen Secondary School, named after the famed disabled athlete, to announce that the school had received his foundation’s first “gold” rating for accessibility Wednesday morning. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News