FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
High Prairie, Alberta
– The HPSD Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, December 21st for their regular board meeting. The Board discussed and responded to the ASBA Strategic Plan Survey. Trustees were in favour of many strategic priorities and key results. The Board felt that ASBA should adhere to their mandate and that they must also be a stronger voice in the province regarding key issues such as the curriculum change and the carbon tax.
Trustees reviewed and defeated a request from the Lesser Slave Lake Economic Alliance to provide a letter of support to then be forwarded to Minister Danielle Larivee.
The Board reviewed and discussed the current Board Policy’s 5 and 6. They additionally reviewed similar policies from other divisions.
Trustees approved a request to postpone the approval in principle for Kinuso School’s trip to Italy.
The Board reviewed information presented on the Naloxone kits that are used to treat Fentanyl overdoses. Trustees moved to have additional information on the kits and the necessary training/requirements presented at the next board meeting.
Trustees discussed and confirmed attendance for the upcoming Rural Education Symposium.
The upcoming ASBA Bargaining Boot Camp was discussed. The camp is designed for trustees and senior administration who are directly involved in local ATA negotiations.
The Board discussed the upcoming asbestos abatement that is to take place at Roland Michener Secondary School. The process will proceed one space at a time to facilitate optimum safety and ensure the safety of all people involved. This preventative measure will be undertaken in the new year; information will be messaged out to stakeholders outlining the process and rooms affected.
Trustees reviewed information regarding their vote to allow school boards who were not members of ASBA to be able
to access ASEBP group benefits. A letter is being sent to Edmonton Public School Board reaffirming the decision of HPSD Trustees on this issue.
Trustees carried a motion to send a letter to Ministers Larivee and Eggen regarding sufficient reserve land for suitable school sites. The letter addresses that the current practice of reserve land often fails to provide sufficient municipal and school reserve. It also addresses the responsibility for obtaining and developing a school site.
The Board carried a motion to support the Northwest Zone One Act Play with a $100 contribution. HPSD students regularly attend the annual festival.
Tammy Henkel was nominated to sit on the Rural School Caucus, a rural school boards’ organization focused on raising common issues and concerns.
Board Policy 3, Role of the Trustee, and Board Policy 4, Trustee Code of Ethics, received third reading to amend the policy as presented.
The Board approved a capital purchase request for a new service van for the Technology Department.
Trustees received the Superintendent’s Report, Finance Report, Transportation Report, and the Trustee’s Report. Trustees requested administration to contact industries in the Slave Lake region to discuss current legislation surrounding buses red-flashing lights on multi-lane highways.
Lastly, the Board and members from administration took part in the Karios Blanket Exercise with the HPSD Success Coaches. The process is an interactive learning exercise on the history of Canada’s aboriginal people and their interactions with European Settlers and the Government of Canada. The activity was presided over by a local Elder and was tailored to provide information specific to the Peace Region.
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