Board stands behind PACs


The Central Okanagan Board of Education says it stands behind local parent advisory councils.

The board issued a statement following significant thefts alleged from the Glenrosa and South Rutland elementary PACs. Both cases are under investigation by RCMP.

"The Board of Education appreciates all the work undertaken by parents and their communities to support extra programs for students, and trustees share the dismay felt by the school communities when these thefts came to light," board chair Moyra Baxter and school Supt. Kevin Kaardal said in the press release.

PACs have a large degree of autonomy under the School Act, they explained, and "the board has very little legal authority to exercise oversight on the management of their fundraising accounts and efforts."

However, the board has asked district staff to provide "best practice" documents to support all PAC executives with their work. The board has also offered to have school district finance staff review the accounting practices and financial statements of any PAC that request support.

"In addition, the Board of Education has asked district staff to work with the executives of the PACs whose accounts have been compromised, to find ways to provide bridge funding (primarily through loans) to support activities like field studies."

It is also suggested that all PACs review their constitution and bylaws to ensure they are up to date and reflect the roles and responsibilities of all executive members.

Most importantly, the board values the important work undertaken by Parent Advisory Councils in fundraising for extra school programs, the board added.

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