What is the Central Island Independent School Society?
The Central Island Independent School Society is the not-for-profit corporation that established, governs and administers Aspengrove School. The Board of Governors of the Society is essentially what you may think of as Aspengrove School’s school board.
Membership in the Society entitles you to…
- provide input to your child’s education;
- have a say in school governance;
- cast a vote at the AGM.
In the past, anyone associated with the school (board member, employee, parents of students/alumni, alumnus) was entitled to a say on school matters. The new Act no longer makes this so. In short, if one wishes to have a voice in the governance of the school, membership into the Central Island Independent School Society is required.
The following three paragraphs are an excerpt from a previous communication from the Chair of our Board of Governors. They describe the changes that have been made to the membership requirements for our school.
“On November 28th, 2016 the new provincial Societies Act came into effect. This revised legislation governs how societies (not-for-profit corporations) are created and run in British Columbia. The Act includes significant updates to allow for more flexibility in how societies operate, while still protecting the public interest.
Aspengrove school is run by the Central Island Independent School Society and is therefore governed by this legislation. Accordingly, we had both an opportunity and a requirement to review and amend our bylaws so that we were in compliance with the new rules. Our bylaws had also not been reviewed in quite some time and the school has grown considerably since then so it was time anyway.
As a result of the changes in the Act, there are a number of technical amendments that were required. The most substantive change that we have made is to the requirements for membership in the society. At this time, nearly anyone who is presently connected with or was ever connected with the school is a member of the society. Our membership list is in the hundreds and growing quickly. This is not only untenable logistically but it didn’t seem to be in the spirit of the original intent, which was to give all involved stakeholders a voice. To try to find a middle ground we are proposing that membership be available to the same group but rather than having automatic membership by virtue of their relationship with the school, we will ask for individuals to demonstrate their interest by applying to the society and paying a nominal fee ($10). We believe this will provide the opportunity for all and manage the volume of members we need to keep track of and communicate with.“
How does one become a member?
New members will have to submit a completed application form as well as the annual membership fee of $10.00. A pdf copy of the application form is available via this link. As completed application forms need to be submitted to the office, payment of the fee can be done at the same time. Membership will expire on 30 September of each year.
To facilitate renewal of membership, application forms will not have to be resubmitted. In early to mid-September, an email will be sent via MySchool containing a PayPal link to pay the required annual fee. Payment of the fee will acknowledge the terms and conditions of membership as laid out by the by-laws (also available on the school website).
As these changes are relatively new, the initial submission of applications has been low and has come at various times throughout the past six to eight months. To increase our member base and to coordinate the expiration/renewal date, we will extend the membership term to September 30, 2019 for new applicants. Current members seeking renewal will have the same extension but at a cost $5.00 to reflect the fee already paid.
Download your membership form now and bring it to the main office with your membership fee.
Questions about Membership
Q: What will be done with the membership dues?
A: Aside from the percentage taken when PayPal is used to collect fees, the funds generated from membership dues will be kept separate from any school revenue. The membership committee has yet to decide how these funds will be used but is open to suggestions. Membership dues won’t reach a significant amount until after two or more years.
Q: Why can’t the annual membership fee be rolled into our annual tuition payment?
A: Enrollment can’t simply be implied. Members are required to opt in. Our aim is to simplify the process by making the member enrollment form and payment for renewals available on-line.
Q: I have other questions. Who can answer them?
A: Please ask Yvon de Moissac (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will help.