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School Board Okays Overnight Billeting in Schools

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 7:53 PM

Prince George, B.C. – In a bid to cut travel costs, the Prince George School Board has passed a motion allowing for the billeting of secondary teams in district schools.

The billeting will take place on a pilot basis from September 2016 to June 2017 and will be allowed at the following locations: John McInnes Centre, Mackenzie Secondary, McBride Secondary, and Valemount Secondary schools.

According to a staff report it will reduce travel costs for rural teams in the district and encourage Prince George based teams to travel more frequently to rural communities in the district.

Under the terms of the pilot project, students will use the gymnasiums for sleeping purposes and will have access to washrooms.

The billeting will take place under the supervision of “a competent and trustworthy coach and/or school district employee” who will be responsible for students at all times.

It will also require the development of fire safety and emergency plans for the pilot schools.

Education Services Committee chair Sharel Warrington said district teams already billet in non-school district schools both inside and outside the district.

“I’m highly in favour of this motion,” said Trustee Bruce Wiebe at tonight’s Board meeting. “I think it benefits rural schools and provides them with the choice they haven’t had in the past.”

The motion addresses one of 14 recommendations made by the district’s Ad Hoc Committee on Rural Education.



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We did that fairly often when I was in high school. Never had any parties/problems. Had more parties/problems when staying in hotels.

    I agree P Val! We also did that when I was in high school, and junior high for that matter. We did this for hockey trips, baseball trips and basketball trips and other sports teams and clubs did as well. Everybody packed along their own sleeping bag and pillow and off we went in a school bus!

    I’m not sure when and why school districts started requiring hotel stays. School gyms and class rooms were just fine with us!

A sensible conclusion, I’m glad they were able to make it happen.

When the children’s festival was a thing, my elementary school would stay at Ron Brent Elementary School on the giant blue mats they had there. Always had fun

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