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Abbotsford school board. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo

Maternity leaves stall Abbotsford French immersion applications

School district anticipates seven full-time vacancies, including two currently unresolved vacancies

Abbotsford school board. Dustin Godfrey/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 fiscal surplus ‘running a little bit thin’

First 2019/20 public budget information meeting to be held Thursday evening

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

Abbotsford schools’ IT security vastly improved

Compromised email accounts down from 85 to 15, new firewalls in place and employee training coming

Abbotsford school board.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo
Dozens of election campaign signs for school board and city council face one of Abbotsford’s busiest intersections at Sumas Way and South Fraser Way. Signs were, by and far, the single highest expenditure in last year’s school board election campaign. (Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford school board candidates spend $45k on election

That’s an average of $2,700 per candidate, but individual spending ranges from zero to $6,900

Dozens of election campaign signs for school board and city council face one of Abbotsford’s busiest intersections at Sumas Way and South Fraser Way. Signs were, by and far, the single highest expenditure in last year’s school board election campaign. (Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News)
Abbotsford school board. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford school facilities naming process to include Indigenous voice

Local policy changing to meet requirements in provincial policy

Abbotsford school board. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo
Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford motion seeks guidance for school trustees

Proposed B.C. School Trustees Association AGM motion to be examined by school board Tuesday evening

Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo
Jaxon Orth says he began to take interest in school and improve his grades after he began to explore his heritage.                                 Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Belonging key to improving Indigenous grad rates

Recent grad Jaxon Orth says he only improved his grades after building a sense of self-identity

Jaxon Orth says he began to take interest in school and improve his grades after he began to explore his heritage.                                 Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Centennial Park Elementary School. Abbotsford School District photo

Abbotsford police investigation temporarily closed elementary school’s doors

School district has not yet responded with comment on Tuesday’s shelter-in-place at Centennial Park

Centennial Park Elementary School. Abbotsford School District photo
The Abbotsford School District board of education will be broadcast live over the internet starting with the Feb. 5, 2019 meeting. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford school board to begin live-streaming meetings in February

The introduction of live-streaming comes nine months after school board voted to implement it

The Abbotsford School District board of education will be broadcast live over the internet starting with the Feb. 5, 2019 meeting. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo
Abbotsford School District management’s gender pay gap at 15%

Abbotsford School District management’s gender pay gap at 15%

In every management position, women take home less than men, analysis by The News found

Abbotsford School District management’s gender pay gap at 15%
Abbotsford students from Clayburn Middle School (from left) Brandon On, Nevaeh Martens, Morgan Allen, Iliana Martin and Carson Cliff, along with two others not at the event, took the Best Picture award at the Young Moviemakers gala earlier this month. (Young Moviemakers/Submitted photo)

Abbotsford students take Best Picture at Vancouver film event

Clayburn Middle School students’ short film ‘Dreamception’ tops 120 submissions at Young Moviemakers

Abbotsford students from Clayburn Middle School (from left) Brandon On, Nevaeh Martens, Morgan Allen, Iliana Martin and Carson Cliff, along with two others not at the event, took the Best Picture award at the Young Moviemakers gala earlier this month. (Young Moviemakers/Submitted photo)
A June 2018 photo of one of two storage facilities holding manure at an Abbotsford property currently under the microscope of regulators for alleged non-compliance issues. B.C. Ministry of Environment photo

Abbotsford parent OK with manure facility near school getting permit

Shannon Gaudette says permitting the currently illegal operation would mean tight regulations

A June 2018 photo of one of two storage facilities holding manure at an Abbotsford property currently under the microscope of regulators for alleged non-compliance issues. B.C. Ministry of Environment photo
The Abbotsford School District board of education.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford parents can no longer opt kids out of class content for personal beliefs

Change comes as part of ‘big overhaul’ of school district’s learning resources policy approved by board

The Abbotsford School District board of education.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
A June 2018 photo of one of two storage facilities holding manure at an Abbotsford property currently under the microscope of regulators for alleged non-compliance issues. B.C. Ministry of Environment photo

Manure company causing ‘toxic’ stink at Abbotsford school seeks permit

Property across from King Traditional Elementary cannot operate manure facility without permit

A June 2018 photo of one of two storage facilities holding manure at an Abbotsford property currently under the microscope of regulators for alleged non-compliance issues. B.C. Ministry of Environment photo
Abbotsford students holding donations drive for Canuck Place

Abbotsford students holding donations drive for Canuck Place

Grade 8 students are hoping to get gift cards, toys and other items for children’s hospice

Abbotsford students holding donations drive for Canuck Place
Abbotsford School District superintendent Kevin Godden’s 6.22 per cent raise in 2017/18 nearly doubles the average pay increase of 3.16 per cent for district employees making over $75,000.

Abbotsford School District’s executive raises nearly double many employees

Including remuneration and expenses, average pay to employees who made over $75,000 increased 3.35%

Abbotsford School District superintendent Kevin Godden’s 6.22 per cent raise in 2017/18 nearly doubles the average pay increase of 3.16 per cent for district employees making over $75,000.
Abbotsford school bus driver’s labour complaint parked

Abbotsford school bus driver’s labour complaint parked

Michael Wester claimed a disciplinary action was ‘conspired and fraudulent’ to cover up another incident

Abbotsford school bus driver’s labour complaint parked
Abbotsford students show low satisfaction with education, survey finds

Abbotsford students show low satisfaction with education, survey finds

Students feel ill-prepared for future jobs and schools and unsatisfied by course materials

Abbotsford students show low satisfaction with education, survey finds
Kevin Godden received a total compensation of over $280,000 in the 2017/18 fiscal year, including a $217,600 salary, a bump of over six per cent.

Abbotsford’s top educators get 6% raise for 2017/18

Compensation for the school district’s executive staff totalled $1.067M, raise of nearly $63,000

Kevin Godden received a total compensation of over $280,000 in the 2017/18 fiscal year, including a $217,600 salary, a bump of over six per cent.
Abbotsford Indigenous, special needs students see record grad rates

Abbotsford Indigenous, special needs students see record grad rates

But test scores still show special needs, Indigenous students lag behind, and it’s worse for older students

Abbotsford Indigenous, special needs students see record grad rates