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On March 2, the Greater Victoria board of education voted to formally censure trustee Diane McNally. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria School District)

SD61 board votes to censure trustee after unauthorized disclosure of confidential report

Trustee Diane McNally has been suspend from in-camera meetings for one year

On March 2, the Greater Victoria board of education voted to formally censure trustee Diane McNally. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria School District)
The Greater Victoria School District is seeking public input. (Black Press File Photo)
The Greater Victoria School District is seeking public input. (Black Press File Photo)
Board members of the Greater Victoria School District have voted to change the name of George Jay Elementary. (File contributed/Fernwood NRG)

Greater Victoria School District will rename George Jay Elementary

The board will develop a committee to choose a new name

Board members of the Greater Victoria School District have voted to change the name of George Jay Elementary. (File contributed/Fernwood NRG)
The Greater Victoria School District is having its kindergarten registration Jan. 20-24. (Black Press Media File Photo).
The Greater Victoria School District is having its kindergarten registration Jan. 20-24. (Black Press Media File Photo).
Savory Elementary Grade 3 student Silas Gesslein (left) and Grade 5 students Hannah Little and Isaiah Gesslein enjoy the first significant snowfall of 2020. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Schools open for session across Greater Victoria

Some bus routes may be delayed, altered due to slippery conditions

Savory Elementary Grade 3 student Silas Gesslein (left) and Grade 5 students Hannah Little and Isaiah Gesslein enjoy the first significant snowfall of 2020. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
George Jay Elementary may have its name changed if its parental advisory council pushes forward. (File contributed/Fernwood NRG)

Victoria residents divided over changing school name due to its racist history

50 per cent of survey respondents favour changing name of George Jay Elementary

George Jay Elementary may have its name changed if its parental advisory council pushes forward. (File contributed/Fernwood NRG)
A student tries their hand at welding through the Greater Victoria School District career exploration programs. (Photo courtesy Lindsay Johnson)

Victoria program sees students explore careers starting in middle school

Career exploration programs help Greater Victoria School District students sample different jobs

A student tries their hand at welding through the Greater Victoria School District career exploration programs. (Photo courtesy Lindsay Johnson)
Island Health warns parents to keep up on immunizations to prevent illnesses like whooping cough. (Pixabay)

Island Health warns of whooping cough at Esquimalt’s Macaulay Elementary

Island Health is urging parents to watch out for signs, and to keep immunizations updated

Island Health warns parents to keep up on immunizations to prevent illnesses like whooping cough. (Pixabay)
George Jay Elementary may have its name changed if the public pushes it forward. (File contributed/Fernwood NRG)

School district launches survey for George Jay Elementary name change

The Greater Victoria School District wants to take public cues before decisions are made

George Jay Elementary may have its name changed if the public pushes it forward. (File contributed/Fernwood NRG)
‘This is unacceptable’: View Royal parents frustrated over lack of resources for students

‘This is unacceptable’: View Royal parents frustrated over lack of resources for students

Tight spending budget leaves educational assistants stretched thin

‘This is unacceptable’: View Royal parents frustrated over lack of resources for students
Enrolment at Tillicum Elementary was predicted to include 365 students, but 413 enrolments have been reported. (Photo via Tillicum Elementary School website)

Enrolment exceeds projections at Tillicum Elementary

No new portables needed, class sizes stay within limits

Enrolment at Tillicum Elementary was predicted to include 365 students, but 413 enrolments have been reported. (Photo via Tillicum Elementary School website)
It’s back to school season, which means school zones are back in effect (Black Press File Photo)

MAP: School zones back in effect across Greater Victoria

An interactive map helps drivers remember where school zones are activated

It’s back to school season, which means school zones are back in effect (Black Press File Photo)
More and more students across Greater Victoria school districts are enrolling in French immersion programs. (Contributed)

Record-breaking number of Greater Victoria students enrolled in French immersion programs

Enrolment has been increasing for 21 consecutive years across the province

More and more students across Greater Victoria school districts are enrolling in French immersion programs. (Contributed)
Parents at George Jay Elementary are advocating for the change of the school’s name after learning of its namesake’s history. (File photo)

Parents advocate for change of George Jay Elementary name, citing racist history

The namesake was an advocate for the segregation of Chinese-Canadian students

Parents at George Jay Elementary are advocating for the change of the school’s name after learning of its namesake’s history. (File photo)
The Greater Victoria Crossing Guard Association (GVCGA) is asking the City of Victoria for more funding to cover crossing guard duties from September 2019 to June 2020 (Black Press File Photo)

Greater Victoria Crossing Guard Association faces funding shortage after taking over in 2018

Victoria crossing guards request more funds from City of Victoria

The Greater Victoria Crossing Guard Association (GVCGA) is asking the City of Victoria for more funding to cover crossing guard duties from September 2019 to June 2020 (Black Press File Photo)
Students at George Jay Elementary will no longer have a music room as of this September. (File contributed/ Fernwood NRG)

Loss of music room at George Jay Elementary School hits sour note with PAC

Starting in September 2019 the music room will be converted into a classroom

Students at George Jay Elementary will no longer have a music room as of this September. (File contributed/ Fernwood NRG)
South Park Family School PAC chair Jenn Sutton says the parent participation model might “fade” once the more than a century-old facility becomes a catchment school. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

South Park parents disapointed in SD61’s decision to remove programs of choice

Elementary school to become a catchment facility by 2020/2021 school year

South Park Family School PAC chair Jenn Sutton says the parent participation model might “fade” once the more than a century-old facility becomes a catchment school. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
City council will hear suggestions about shifting plans for two turf fields at Topaz Park, to one at Topaz and one at Vic High. Photographed, the City of Delta is took steps to build a second artificial turf sports field at Mackie park. (File photo)

City considers shifting plans at Topaz Park to install turf field at Vic High

Splitting design costs for two separate fields would save time and money, staff say

City council will hear suggestions about shifting plans for two turf fields at Topaz Park, to one at Topaz and one at Vic High. Photographed, the City of Delta is took steps to build a second artificial turf sports field at Mackie park. (File photo)
Students from Janet Langston’s Grade 3 and 4 class at Margaret Jenkins elementary celebrate the school’s efforts to remove invasive species from Trafalgar Park (below King George Terrace). The park was covered in gorse and blackberry and wild flowers and roses are now thriving. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Elementary students restore, reclaim neighbourhood park

Margaret Jenkins students 2.5 years into restoration

Students from Janet Langston’s Grade 3 and 4 class at Margaret Jenkins elementary celebrate the school’s efforts to remove invasive species from Trafalgar Park (below King George Terrace). The park was covered in gorse and blackberry and wild flowers and roses are now thriving. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Michael Yakubowich, a former PAC veteran at Willow’s Elementary School is one of hundreds of parents against the idea of using the school’s field for daycare space (News Staff)

Parents protest childcare spaces at Willows Elementary in Oak Bay

Plans put forward by SD61 would place two buildings on the school’s field

Michael Yakubowich, a former PAC veteran at Willow’s Elementary School is one of hundreds of parents against the idea of using the school’s field for daycare space (News Staff)