District Overview

Our school district is committed to serving learners in partnership with our community by providing quality public education. We value equity and fairness in educational opportunities, lifelong learning, education that honors diversity, student-centered learning and partnerships with communities.

Regional Diversity

Our very safe communities still enjoy a reasonable cost of living – providing all of the necessities and many luxuries. This is a friendly place where you can get to know your neighbours. We are home to a major regional hospital with numerous specialists and equipment. Selkirk College provides post-secondary opportunities, and our communities host numerous provincial, national and international sports events.

Kootenay Columbia school district encompasses the communities of: Blueberry, Brilliant, Castlegar, Fairview, Fruitvale, Genelle, Glade, Montrose, Oasis, Ootischena, Pass Creek, Raspeberry, Rivervale, Robson, Rossland, Shore Acres, Tarrys, Thrums, Trail, and Warfield.

Specialty Programs

In addition to regular programming, we offer French immersion, a Russian bilingual program, alternate education offerings from grades 4 to 12, distributed learning program, hockey program, ski academy, dance academy, international student program and three trades training programs. Our district is committed to creating professional learning communities at the school, district and regional levels.

Community Culture

Education is important to our communities and our students’ achievement is in the top 10% in the province. Our climate and breathtaking scenery offer a lifestyle that includes exceptional fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and camping. We’re also home to championship golf courses, a world-class alpine ski resort and groomed cross-country ski trails.

Draw for Employees

Our employees enjoy a very supportive environment, great quality of life and a reasonable cost of living. You can participate in endless outdoor activities in our scenic four-season environment. We are serviced by two major airlines and are only a short drive away from Spokane, WA with its airport serving the entire USA.

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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