Achiev­ing for Delta slate prom­ises Delta Fam­i­lies First pro­gram for schools

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Delta: For par­ents with school-aged chil­dren, mid-septem­ber is an ex­cit­ing time: kids are get­ting com­fort­able in their class­rooms, recre­ational pro­grams are un­der­way, and fam­i­lies are set­tling into their new rou­tines. But for some par­ents in Delta, the start to the 2018/19 school year has been any­thing but smooth. For them, with an in­creas­ing num­ber of out-of-dis­trict stu­dents fill­ing up Delta class­rooms, this Septem­ber has been marked by frus­tra­tion – and Achiev­ing for Delta’s school board slate is call­ing for new poli­cies de­signed to put Delta Fam­i­lies First. “It’s hard enough be­ing a par­ent – be­tween work, ap­point­ments, and sit­ting in traf­fic, com­mut­ing out of the way to send your child to school be­cause your lo­cal class­room is full is un­ac­cept­able,” said school board can­di­date Su­jay Nazareth. “We need make life eas­ier for young fam­i­lies in Delta – and that’s ex­actly what Achiev­ing for Delta will do for the 2019/20 school year if elected on Oc­to­ber 20.”

“We will put an end to this cur­rent school board’s long­stand­ing prac­tice of putting rev­enue from out-of-dis­trict stu­dents be­fore lo­cal chil­dren by in­tro­duc­ing a Delta Fam­i­lies First pol­icy. It’s only fair, and it’s what we owe to fam­i­lies liv­ing and pay­ing taxes in Delta,” added Daniel Boisvert, also run­ning for school board on Ge­orge Harvie’s Achiev­ing for Delta slate.

The slate’s three-tiered reg­is­tra­tion pol­icy will pri­or­i­tize stu­dents liv­ing within the school’s catch­ment area first, with sec­ond pri­or­ity go­ing to Delta stu­dents more broadly. If space is still avail­able, only then would stu­dents from out­side of the dis­trict be el­i­gi­ble to en­roll.

Achiev­ing for Delta’s may­oral can­di­date Ge­orge Harvie also an­nounced that he will im­ple­ment a sim­i­lar pol­icy for Delta’s recre­ational pro­grams, cit­ing com­plaints from res­i­dents who’ve re­ported dif­fi­culty reg­is­ter­ing due to classes be­ing full from out-of-town ap­pli­cants. This pol­icy would see the cur­rent early-bird pe­riod of three days set aside for Delta res­i­dents ex­tended to two weeks be­fore al­low­ing those out­side of the city to reg­is­ter.

“I’ve heard loud and clear that three days to reg­is­ter is not enough time for busy, work­ing fam­i­lies,” said Harvie. “Not only will we ex­tend this pe­riod to two weeks – we will work with our Parks, Re­cre­ation, and Cul­ture Com­mis­sion to look at a user fee struc­ture that is higher for out-of-delta res­i­dents.” The slate’s Delta Fam­i­lies First pol­icy comes with the re­lease of Achiev­ing for Delta’s school board plat­form, which in­cludes com­mit­ments to: keep Delta schools and chil­dren safe; de­liver on much-needed track and turf up­grades; en­sure that ev­ery dol­lar avail­able is in­vested in stu­dents and the class­room; and work col­lab­o­ra­tively to bring open lines of ac­cess and com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween teach­ers, par­ents, and elected of­fi­cials. Achiev­ing for Delta’s school board slate is made up of Erica Beard, Daniel Boisvert, Jessie Dosanjh, and Su­jay Nazareth. They join coun­cil can­di­dates Dan Copeland, Param Gre­wal, Ali­cia Gui­chon, Lois Jack­son, Dy­lan Kruger, and Cal Traversy on Harvie’s ticket.

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