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Commission on School District Administrative Costs (1983)

  • GR-2949
  • Series
  • 1983

This Commission was established by Education Minister, the Hon. William Vander Zalm in 1983 to examine school district operations, including administrative costs. Mark William Sager (Chairman) and Allan G. Stables were appointed as commissioners. Hearings were held in several BC communities but hearings were suspended when the provincial election was called. This collection includes the Interim Report of the Commission, the submissions, and the administrative files.

This Commission (also known as the Sager Commission) was established by Education Minister William Vander Zalm to examine school district operations, including administrative costs. Mark William Sager (Chairman) and Allan G. Stables were appointed as Commissioners. Hearings were held in Cranbrook, Castlegar, Kamloops, Kelowna, and Prince George. The hearings scheduled for Dawson Creek, North Vancouver, New Westminster, Surrey, Terrace, Campbell River, Nanaimo, Victoria, Chilliwack and Vancouver were suspended when a provincial election was called. The Interim Report of the Commission on School District Administrative Costs summarizes the mandate, commitment, findings and recommendations of Messrs. Sager and Stables; it is found in Box 1.

British Columbia. Commission on School District Administrative Costs (1983)

Records relating to the 1988 Royal Commission on Education

  • GR-3641
  • Series
  • 1987-1991

The series consists of press releases, memos, correspondence, agendas, committee meeting minutes, speeches, cabinet submission records, draft reports, and implementation plans that were created by the Ministry of Education’s Policy and Planning Branch. The records were created during the review and consultation phase that followed the acceptance of the 1988 Royal Commission on Education’s report. The series also consists of the records of the Provincial Education Policy Advisory Committee and the Policy Advisory Council and provides evidence of their role in the acceptance and implementation of Sullivan’s recommendations. The series includes the texts of speeches by Deputy Minister A. L. ‘Sandy’ Peel and Education Minister Anthony Brummet. These speeches present Sullivan’s recommendations to stakeholders across the province.

The series provides evidence of the Ministry of Education’s response to the Sullivan Commission, and shows the consultation process that happened once the Commission had completed its work. The series also includes draft budgets and timetables for the implementation of Sullivan’s recommendations, and documents potential changes to the School Act and the Independent School Act.

The records are loosely arranged by issue or topic. In many cases, related records such as agendas, enclosures, and memos created at the same meeting were filed separately. As these records are arranged chronologically, linkages are readily apparent.

The series is covered by ORCS 12000-20 of schedule 105085 (Education ORCS).

British Columbia. Ministry of Education (1979-1996)

Education Department Central Office notebooks

  • GR-0139
  • Series
  • 1917-1945

The series consists of notebooks maintained by senior clerks in the Education Department's Central Office, showing financial grants to schools (3 v. 1917-1944). The series also includes a notebook [probably kept by S.J. Willis, Superintendent of Education] containing memoranda re: school programmes, applications for employment, membership of curriculum revision committees, school inspectors, school buildings grants and education financing, 1931-1945. As well, this notebook contains typescripts by S.J. Willis on "Accredited High School," "Teacher Training (1934)," "School Finance" and "High School Curriculum & High School Correspondence Courses".

British Columbia. Dept. of Education

Royal Commission on Education (1987-1988)

  • GR-1917
  • Series
  • 1987-1988

The Royal Commission on Education was initiated on 14 March 1987 "to inquire into and report on education in the Province from kindergarten through grade 12." Barry M. Sullivan, Q.C. was appointed commissioner. He worked with an administrative staff of 12 and 17 commissioned researchers to gather information, analyze it and produce several published reports. GR-1917 contains written submissions, taped public hearings, student interviews, clipping scrapbooks, research papers and some administrative files. The Royal Commission on Education was initiated on 14 March 1987 "to inquire into and report on education in the Province from kindergarten through grade 12." Barry M. Sullivan, Q.C. was appointed commissioner. He worked with 12 administrative staff and 17 commissioned researchers to gather information, analyze it and produce several published reports. GR-1917 contains written submissions, taped public hearings, student interviews, clipping scrapbooks, research papers and some administrative files. Table of Contents Chronological list of written submissions Summaries From The Briefs Public Hearings These hearings are on audio tapes 4359i:1-116. The Kaiser Substance Abuse Symposium (file 13) has a slide presentation V1988 59/6. File folders contain lists of speakers, typescripts, written briefs, notes and itineraries Summaries From Hearings Student Interviews Student Interviews - Burt Bowes - Fort St. John Student Interviews - Queen Elizabeth - Surrey Student Interviews - Britannia - Vancouver Student Interviews - Forest Grove - Burnaby Student Interviews - Chase Secondary - Chase Student Interviews - T.M. Roberts - Cranbrook Student Interviews - Fraser Academy - Vancouver Student Interviews - Prince George College - Prince George Student Interviews - Fraser Valley Christian High School - Surrey Student Interviews - St. Michael's University School - Victoria Clipping scrapbooks These scrapbooks contain clippings re: children, schools, education, teaching, Department of Education, literacy, teachers, learning, funding for education, teen parenting, school curricula, day care, legislation (Bills 19 & 20), alcohol and drug abuse, home schooling, gangs, adult education, poverty, AIDS and schooling, school lunch program, youth employment, school boards, teen pregnancy, family life, sports and athletics, child abuse, censorship, universities, teen violence and suicide, native education, ethics, childhood disease and injury, Free Trade deal, and any material deemed relevant to the Commission. The clippings are mainly from the: Vancouver Sun, Victoria Times-Colonist, Vancouver Province, and the Globe and Mail. Also there are clippings from the Vancouver Courier, Vancouver Western News, Smithers paper, Three Rivers Report [Hazelton], Burns Lake paper, Trail Daily Times, Nelson Daily News, Kitimat News, Kitimat N. Sentinel, Northern News Advertiser, Lake Windermere Valley Echo, The Pioneer, The B.C. Catholic, Fort Nelson News, The Daily News [Prince Rupert], The Interior News, Provincial Report, The Leader, North Shore News, and a Kamloops paper. The clippings are arranged chronologically in scrapbooks. Additional Briefs and papers Administrative Files Correspondence files Office Files Commission Secretary's Files (John Walsh) Working Groups Files Files relating to teacher surveys Robin Brayne's Files Reports to the Royal Commission on Education Report & Commissioned Papers

British Columbia. Royal Commission on Education (1987-1988)