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Last Updated: 9/19/2021 12:03:08 PM EST

District Overview

The core business of School District 59 is ensuring a Quality Education for each Learner with the core value of Continuous Learning for All.

Peace River South School District 59 is a progressive, forward-thinking district located in the Northeast region of British Columbia near the Alberta border.  The district offices are centered in Dawson Creek and also include the communities of Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge. School District 59 offers K-12 programs at 20 schools with an enrolment of approximately 3,600 students.

We have a strong belief in developing teachers, meeting students where they are, and providing a rich meaningful experience for all learners.

Why School District 59?

School District No. 59 is recognized for its work in elementary literacy and aboriginal education. Our work in collaboration with Dr. Janet Mort and Margo Southall have helped out our students achieve positive successes in literacy development. Career Education and positive community relationships flourish across the district. In additional to school based instruction and learning facilities, we have an Outdoor Education facility – which includes a world class climbing wall – that is truly the envy of the North.

Our Schools, Our Communities

Our Schools

School District No. 59 has twenty schools providing programming throughout the South Peace Region of British Columbia. Our schools range in population from forty students to over six hundred students. Included in our district are two Hutterite colony schools, three high schools, a distributed learning school and many elementary schools. Dawson Creek is home to a kindergarten to a grade 12 French Immersion Program and a Sports and Fine Arts elementary school, while Chetwynd is home to a Montessori elementary school. Each school is unique in many ways, but every school is focused on the student as learner.

Our Communities

Each community offers many possibilities to explore diverse interests. You may discover dinosaur fossils in Tumbler Ridge or learn chainsaw carving in Chetwynd. A vibrant performing arts scene exists within Dawson Creek and particularly within Dawson Creek Secondary School. The South Peace Arts Society is home to choral singing, songwriting, painting, genealogy, poetry clubs and much, much more.

Explore our communities

Living and Thriving in Peace River South

Recreational opportunities are abundant! Come enjoy the incredible wilderness landscapes, streams, rivers, and lakes and take part in endless seasonal activities! In the Peace River South region, we are proud of our diverse landscape and communities that are able to provide something for everyone living in this remarkable area.

Enjoy downhill skiing or snowmobiling and experience scenic hikes and exhilarating kayaking. Activities abound, with opportunities to partake in a variety of sports and local clubs or enjoy the thriving arts community! Photography, quilting, dancing, potting and fitness are only a few of the many activities people in the Peace engage in.

Learn more about School District 59 from these employee testimonials (PDF – 522 kb).

Salary and Benefits

Teachers typically receive a comprehensive benefits package including:

  •  dental, and extended health plans;
  • group life insurance benefits;
  • teachers’ pension;
  • accidental disability insurance;
  • salary indemnity plan benefit;
  • employee and family assistance programs.

ALLOWANCES

Northern Travel Allowance:  A Great Benefit at Tax Time!

All School District 59 employees are eligible for the Northern Travel allowance which allows employees to claim up to a total of $4,000 for two out of region trips.

“An amount of up to $4,000.00 of the salary paid to the employee shall be designated as a Northern Allowance Travel benefit. This allowance shall be in effect within the guidelines of Revenue Canada as they exist and are changed by Revenue Canada from year to year and shall end when the Revenue Canada program ends. Regular part-time employees’ allowance will be prorated proportionately to the hours worked.”

Remote and Rural Allowance

Teachers working in School District 59 schools are eligible to receive a remote and rural allowance, which is both an adjustment to the salary grid and an annual allowance of approximately $2,622 per FTE. Teachers teaching on-call (TTOCs) are not eligible to receive this allowance.

Learn more about teacher salaries with the Salary Finder tool. For specific details about Peace River South’s compensation and benefits, please refer to their collective agreement.