Regular Board Meeting Summary (7)

Regular Board Meeting Summary
Posted on 01/08/2019
Regular Board Meeting SummaryFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

High Prairie, Alberta – The Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, December 19th for their regularly scheduled board meeting. Trustees began by approving the consent agenda. In the correspondence, which is part of the consent agenda, Board Chair Tammy Henkel tendered her resignation effective April 18, 2019.

There was a discussion around the upcoming Alberta School Board Association Winter Leadership Academy and which trustees would be in attendance. Some of the topics covered at the upcoming conference include 1. Education Governance to Better Support our Children: A Review of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Progress in Alberta School Boards, 2. Putting Public Engagement into Policy, and 3. SOGI 123: A Pathway to Safe and Inclusive Schools.

Trustees reviewed a letter from Ever Active Schools and their upcoming conference. After a brief discussion, no trustees will be attending as the conference is largely geared toward educators.

Administration then discussed the Regional Skills Canada competitions after talks at the previous board meeting whereby the Northwest Skills Region asked for sponsorship from HPSD. Trustees asked for more information on the rationale for HPSD belonging to 2 different regions for Skills Canada competitions. Administration advised that the different regions allowed for students at either end of the division to still compete in Skills Canada competitions but with reduced travel time to their respective venues. If all students were to go to either Skills Canada region, half the schools attending from HPSD would have longer travel times. Administration is reviewing the potential for a division-wide competition that would encourage students to participate in the various events that promote careers in the skilled trade and technology sectors.

Trustees then reviewed the upcoming Public School Boards’ Council meeting this coming February which will feature a governance seminar and council meetings on public education. Trustees also discussed the nominations for the Public School Boards’ Association awards. Trustees will choose nominees at their January meeting.

An Occupational Health and Safety update was provided by Assistant Secretary Treasurer Jody Frowley. HPSD is in the process of requesting a variance on the new regulations that would permit the division to have one safety committee instead of a committee at every site. Conversations are still taking place to ensure all employee groups are fairly represented. Mr. Frowley also noted ongoing discussions with fire code inspectors in the Falher and Donnelly area on the topic of items being hung from the drop ceiling (student artwork, decorations, models, etc.) which was deemed in violation of the fire code. Administration is in discussion as they have reviewed the Alberta Fire Code and have noted that the ceiling is, as stated in the code, considered part of the walls when evaluating the materials in the classroom. Administration is working to resolve the situation by continuing discussions with provincial inspectors.

Trustees discussed a topic that arose at the recent Rural Caucus meeting on the Rural Health Professions Action Plan and how they can assist to encourage more skilled professionals to move to our region.

Trustees reviewed several requests for sponsorship. Trustees approved the sponsorship of the Northwest Zone One Act Play Festival in the amount of $100. Trustees defeated a motion to sponsor the 4H with the provision of a coach bus to visit various feedlots and slaughterhouses. Administration requested further clarification on whether any HPSD students would be participating in the event and if so, were any students currently enrolled in the Alberta Green Certificate Program which is an industry-driven training program available to students. It provides trainees with opportunities to enter a variety of agriculture-related, structured learning pathways as a part of their senior high school program and to earn a credential leading to a career in agribusiness. It is an approved complementary program of studies available to all Alberta high schools. Administration had not received clarification by the time of the board meeting. HPSD Administrative Procedure 515 - Donations on Behalf of the School Division outlines the process by which requests for donations are handled.

Trustees received the Finance Report including a draft of a purchase card administrative procedure.

The HPSD Indigenous Success Coaches presented the work they have undertaken to date and the work that they will be performing to support student success as they move through the remainder of the school year. The Coaches then lead the Trustees through one of the Professional Learning Pebbles which is a collection of short activities created by the Alberta Teachers’ Association Walking Together Project to support certified teachers on their learning journey to meet the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Foundational Knowledge competency in the Teaching Quality Standard.

The meeting then went into closed for the remainder of the day.

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