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District Overview

The Fort Nelson School District serves students from the town of Fort Nelson and the Northern Rockies Regional District. The School District has five schools. There are four schools in the township of Fort Nelson, the J.S. Clark Elementary School, the G.W. Carlson Elementary School serving kindergarten to Grade four students, the R.L. Angus Elementary School serving students in Grades 5 to 7, and Fort Nelson Secondary School serving students in Grades 8 to 12. Our one rural school, Toad River School serves students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

CW Carlson Elementary School

Specialty Programs

Our schools boast strong computer facilities and offer students many opportunities in athletics and music. At Fort Nelson Secondary, extracurricular activities include basketball, volleyball, golf and band, and an excellent art and drama program. New to Fort Nelson Secondary is a cosmetology program offered to students in grades 11 and 12.

The Fort Nelson Community

Regional Diversity

In the Northern Rockies Regional District, you’ll find a vast and rugged landscape and small, friendly communities. Fort Nelson offers a range of facilities that include a golf course, aquatic centre, arena, curling rink, museum, performing arts and movie theatre, and library. Hiking, boating, wildlife viewing, fishing, snowmobiling and camping are all extremely popular activities in our spectacular northern wilderness.

Community Culture

Fort Nelson has a population of 5,000, with approximately 15 percent of Aboriginal ancestry. There is a strong community spirit, and the district benefits from the support of caring and committed parents and staff, as well as from partnerships with the community and industry in various educational initiatives.

Draw for Employees

School District No. 81 off broad financial incentives to recruit and retain its employees.

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.

For specific details about Fort Nelson’s compensation, salary, and benefits, please refer to their collective agreement on the BCPSEA website.

Allowances and additional incentives

Recruitment and Retention Incentive

  • All teaching staff receive a pensionable monthly allocation based on their FTE, along with an additional annual compensation of $2,200.

Bonuses & Allowances

  • Relocation allowance of $2,100 (paid over 3 years).
  • Course bonus of $63 per UBC coursework unit.
  • $275 per annum classroom supplies allowance.
  • $1,400 per annum personal professional development allowance.

Additional Incentives

  • Northern tax exemption of $5,400 per family.
  • Northern travel exemption of approximately $850 per family member.