News Briefs for June 23

Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District wants to do a better job taking out the trash

School District looks at better disposal

Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District wants to do a better job taking out the trash – environmentally that is. The Business Committee at a recent meeting recommended the Board explore the possibility of a ‘district-wide separation policy for all schools.’

They suggested the policy include: plastics, metal, paper towels and compost, and that $1,700 per year be provided to support three Green Network meetings.

United Way announces new Central Island Regional Co-ordinator

The United Way has announced a new Regional Co-ordinator for its mid-Island Success by 6 (SB6) initiatives in Ladysmith and other communities.

Julie Rushton, hired by the United Way in 2013 to conduct community consultations regarding the Better at Home program for seniors in Port Alberni, has “an extensive background in early childhood endeavors, working with the Huuayaht First Nations, Alberni Children First, Island Health and Alberni Child Care Connections,” the release says.

She will be working with local coordinators to present recommendations for strategic implementation and aboriginal engagement to SB6 lead partners, preparing for the 2015-2016 year.

School Board may consider fewer trustees

Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District may be considering a reduction in the number of trustees from nine to seven. It may also look at representation using a ward system. Those recommendations will come to the Board from committee mainly as a cost saving measure.