District Overview

School District No. 20 (Kootenay-Columbia) is committed to providing quality learning experiences to all of its students.  Our mission statement reads:  We are a responsive learning community motivated to ensure every student’s success.  As a District we believe that:

  • every person can learn;
  • learning is our core work;
  • learning is purposeful and is a shared responsibility between students, families, staff, and community;
  • learning is engaging and personalized, and therefore inspires and supports people to achieve their full potential;
  • learning occurs beyond the four walls of a traditional classroom;
  • developing compassionate, contributing members of society committed to making a difference is critical in creating a better world;
  • developing competencies, skills and attitudes is necessary for success in an every-changing world;
  • technology is a tool to support learning, explore ideas, and engage thinking; and
  • operating with fiscal responsibility while focusing on learning is our collective obligation.

Further, we are a District that values and supports innovation, thoughtful risk taking, and positive change; diversity; equity in opportunities; collaboration; integrity; relationships – between people and between people and the “place” we live, work and play; strong leadership; success, and safe, caring working and learning environments.

Regional Diversity

Located in the beautiful West Kootenay region of British Columbia, mid-way between Vancouver and Calgary, School District 20 (Kootenay-Columbia) is comprised of many small and mid-sized communities, most of which are located along the Columbia River.  The largest of these communities are Castlegar, Trail, Rossland, Warfield and Fruitvale.  All of the communities in the West Kootenays are affordable, a unique aspect of the region when compared to other areas of the province.  We are home to a major regional hospital, two regional airports, Selkirk College (with campuses in Castlegar and Trail), a world-class ski hill (Red Mountain), shopping and dining options galore, many sporting opportunities and events….sound like a great place to live and work?  It is!

Specialty Programs

In addition to our regular programming, we offer French Immersion and Russian bilingual language programs, as well as alternative education programs.   Our K-12 educational programming opportunities also include a district learning on-line program, trades training programs and many sports academies.  Our District also provides one of only three Take A Hike programs in the province.

Community Culture

Our climate and breathtaking scenery offer a lifestyle that includes exceptional fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and camping, to name only a few of the many recreational opportunities in the area.  We are also home to beautiful golf courses, a world-class alpine ski resort and groomed cross-country ski trails.  Whether your interest lies in understanding the historic Doukhobor or Italian heritage of our communities, outdoor adventure, dining, vibrant arts scene, community festivals or events, the West Kootenays has it all!  Come join us for the fun!

Draw for Employees

It’s simple – we are a friendly and fun place to work and live!  Work-life balance is an important aspect of healthy living; and we get that in School District 20!  We value the work and professionalism of all of our employees and continuously invest in them by providing leading and relevant professional development and learning opportunities.   We know you want to do your job well and we will support you in any way possible!

We also know that there is life beyond work, though, and are happy to live in a place where our employees have time to enjoy family and friends while doing the activities they love to do!  But if you get the itch to escape for a while, the West Kootenays are located half-way between Vancouver and Calgary, and about 2 ½ hours from the city of Spokane, Washington, with great airline connections to many holiday destinations.  Add to all of this affordability, safe communities and friendly people and you can see that we just might be the best-kept secret in British Columbia!

Salary and Benefits

Teachers typically receive a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • medical, dental, and extended health plans;
  • group life insurance benefits;
  • teachers’ pension;
  • extended health benefits for dependents of deceased employees;
  • accidental disability insurance;
  • salary indemnity plan benefit;
  • supplemental employment benefits on maternity leave;
  • employee and family assistance programs.

Allowances

Teachers in positions with special responsibilities, e.g. department heads, teacher consultants, teacher coordinators, counsellors, psychologists, alternate school teachers, speech pathologists, may receive a financial allowance of $2,000-$4,000 annually.

Teachers working in remote and rural schools may also receive a recruitment allowance, and an annual retention allowance. Learn more about teacher salaries with the Salary Finder tool.

For specific details about each district’s compensation, salary, and benefits, please refer to Kootenay Columbia’s collective agreement.

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