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School District No. 67 (Okanagan Skaha)
Working Together for Student Success
Board of Education

Board Members

  • Shelley Clarke
    Liaison Schools:
  • James Palanio
    Vice Chair
    James Palanio is excited to be elected as one of your Okanagan Skaha school trustees. He is the proud father of two girls currently in the school district. James and his wife graduated from Penticton Secondary School. He has over a decade of board and governance experience including time on City of Penticton advisory committees. James is an avid runner and past Ironman Canada finisher, and currently enjoys spending his free time running the many trails around Penticton. Liaison Schools:
  • Kathy Pierre
    Kathy Pierre was elected to School District No. 67 Board of Education in October 2018. She has 20 years of experience working in education. Kathy has a Bachelor of Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration. She is a proud Syilx indigneous woman coming from the Penticton Indian Band. Liaison Schools: Kaleden Elementary, Naramata Elementary, West Bench Elementary
  • Barb Sheppard
    Liaison Schools:
  • Dave Stathers
    Liaison Schools:
  • Linda Van Alphen
    Liaison Schools:
  • Tracy Van Raes
    Liaison Schools:

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School District No. 67 (Okanagan Skaha) is governed by a Board of Education, publicly elected every four years to represent the interests of local communities in public schools. The current board of seven trustees represent the communities of Kaleden, Naramata, Penticton, Summerland and West Bench.

Governance of the school district is enhanced through the effective operation of committees and trustee assignment to both boards and agencies and to regular liaison processes with schools. Separate committees and school liaisons have been established to deal with specific areas within the Board's jurisdiction.

Board Vision and Goals

The SD67 Board of Education is dedicated to the vision of ‘improving the achievement of all students”.  The Board is committed to developing a learning organization based on three critical elements: 1) a clear, compelling student achievement focus; 2) a collaborative learning environment and 3) strategies and structures for improving student results.

Three District Goals has been established: Literacy, Numeracy, and School Completion and Transitions.  The SD67 partner groups (students, teachers, support staff, administrators, parents and Board) identified these goals in September, 2003 and refined them in 2008. Since that time, the district has established working groups to provide leadership and support and the schools are actively working with their staffs and planning councils to pursue their goals. Much work is being done to ensure that we have improvement plans that can increase student success.
For more information about the District Vision and Goals, please check out the SD67 District Progress Report.

British Columbia School Trustees Association
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