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Wins Skills Challenge . . .
A North Okanagan-Shuswap School District #83 mechanic, Mike Brasseur, has won top spot in a B.C. challenge to spot defects on school buses.
Brasseur took part in the first ever Association of School Transportation Services of B.C. skills competition, which was held in conjunction with the association’s annual conference held July 7-10 at Sun Peaks.
He explains there were two skills competitions at the conference which ran on two separate days. The first was testing technician skills, where mechanics were tested on hands-on and mechanical knowledge. This event was won by a mechanic from Kamloops.
The second competition was for inspecting school buses. Participants had to identify defects in three different buses. The first was defects in the interior of the bus, the second was exterior defects and the third was undercarriage/wheel/tire defects. Those in the challenge were only allowed 15 minutes per bus.
“It was a short time frame to inspect the buses,” laughs Brasseur. “Usually I take a couple of days to do a good job inspecting and fixing defects in a school bus.”
Brasseur had no clue that he had won. As a matter of fact, he was going to skip the wrap up banquet and awards and get home but he said several people told him he should stay since the meal was already paid for. “I decided I’d better. I had no clue.”
Brasseur said finding out he won was a little overwhelming. “Usually I’m in the background, working away in the shop.”
He received a $750 Snap On gift certificate (which he has already spent on tools) as well as an all expenses paid trip to Richmond, Virginia to take part in the America’s Best Technician Challenge in November.
“There’s pressure on us,” said Brasseur. “It’s the first time Canadians are going to be taking part in the event so I’d better brush up on my skills.”
School District #83 Operations Manager Frank Marasco was very proud of Brasseur’s performance.
”Mike has been with the district for about three years and is becoming an excellent technician for us. The quality and precision of his work gets better every day, he has truly become a key member of our team in ensuring the safety of the children in our care.”
“Congratulations, Mike, I know you will do Canada and our district proud in Virginia,” adds Marasco.

20150608_115721_0.jpgDirector of Instruction . . .
Superintendent of Schools Glenn Borthistle is happy to announce that Carl Cooper, currently a Principal at South Broadview Elementary, is the successful candidate for the position of Director of Instruction – Curriculum and Innovation. He was selected from a very strong field of internal and external candidates and he wishes to congratulate all those who participated in the process.
Carl Cooper will assume his responsibilities as Director on August 1st, 2015 and will be spending some transitional time in the position under the guidance of the current Director of Instruction, Wendy Woodhurst.
After nine years as Director of Instruction, Woodhurst has decided to return to her love of being in a school. She will be the new vice-principal at South Broadview Elementary.

School Year Calendars
The school year calendar for 2014-15 is available by clicking here. The Calendar, as well as other information which parents may find interesting, is also available under the Parents and Students menu on this webpage. The board just approved the 2015-16 school year calendar, with the school year ending on June 24. Please be aware that a few Grade 12 students may have to write exams the Monday to Wednesday (June 27-29). Click here for 2015-16 calendar.
Planning ahead? Click here for the  2016-17 calendar, which was recently approved by the Board of Education.

StrongStart resumes in September
The school district's StrongStarts for early learners (newborns to age 5) are now closed until September.
When school is back in session, two of the StrongStarts will be in different locations.
The StrongStart currently located at the Downtown Activity Centre in Salmon Arm will be moving a few hundred metres to a new home in the School District’s Education and Support Centre, at 341 Shuswap Street.
The StrongStart currently located at Salmon Arm West Elementary is being relocated to South Broadview Elementary.
For more information about StrongStart or other early learning programs please look for Early Learners under the drop down menu for Parents and Students on this website or call co-ordinator Jennifer Findlay at 250 833 2095. Click here for poster!

District Summer Office Hours. . .
Summer hours for the school district office begin on July 2. Summer hours will be from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. (office is closed from 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and from noon until 12:30 p.m.) from Monday to Friday. The office will be closed to the public from August 4 to 21. Beginning August 24 we will be located at 341 Shuswap St. SW.
Regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday, will resume on September 8, 2015.
Have a great summer!
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