District Overview

“To empower all learners to live the challenges of a diverse and changing world.”

It is the purpose of our school district to improve the life chances of every student by delivering the richest, most appropriate and supportive learning environment possible. The successful future of our community and global society requires a literate and critical-thinking population.

Regional Diversity

A unique geographical area between the Coast Mountains and the interior plateau, the Bulkley Valley provides unlimited opportunities for year-round recreation, including fishing, hiking, alpine and Nordic skiing, canoeing, kayaking and horseback riding.

The region’s economic diversity includes agriculture, logging, tourism and mining. First Nations add a rich cultural element to the schools.

Specialty Programs

Our district has a strong professional learning community that fosters ongoing growth and sharing among educators. The teacher-leadership group meets regularly to share project work and learn from one another.

All schools are actively involved in the Network of Performance Based Schools and are supported in other inquiry initiatives.

Community Culture

Our communities offer a wide range of cultural and recreational opportunities. Houston has a very active snowmobile association and recently opened a swimming pool and recreation center.

Smithers hosts many music and arts festivals throughout the year, and the “Ski and Ride Smithers” alpine ski area is just 20 minutes from downtown.

Draw for Employees

Our core values of honesty, fairness, respect, responsibility and compassion contribute to our collegial and supportive professional environment. We value consultation with stakeholders, transparency of practice and forming positive relationships.

This is an excellent district for a teacher to meaningfully engage with learners while growing as a professional.

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 Bulkley Valley’s compensation, salary, and benefits, please refer to their collective agreement.

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