Regular Board Meeting Summary August 16, 2017

Regular Board Meeting Summary August 16, 2017
Posted on 08/23/2017

High Prairie, Alberta – HPSD Trustees met on Wednesday, August 16th for their regularly scheduled board meeting. Trustees began by approving the consent agenda and then moving onto the rest of their agenda items.

Trustees received a delegation from Communication Assistant summer students AJ Dominguez and Nicole Peyre. They presented on the work they have completed during their 4 months at HPSD. AJ and Nicole attended 50 school events during 81 school visits to promote activities happening in our schools. During the months of July and August they formatted policies and procedures, updated division websites to fix broken links, and performed other administrative duties as required. They also prepared social media posts for the many recurring events taking place in the upcoming school year.

Trustees reviewed documentation from ASBOA regarding Plant Operations and Maintenance. Trustees voted to send letters to the Executive Director of ASBOA and the Minister of Education to strongly advocate for the Small School By Necessity grant. ASBOA suggested in a paper they released that the government should remove the grant which offsets a number of expenses related to small schools in rural settings.

Trustees reviewed documentation for the PSBA Fall General Meeting. They additionally reviewed information for the annual Alberta Rural Education Symposium scheduled in March 2018. Trustees found great value in the symposium and plan to bring information regarding it to their respective Chamber of Commerce meetings.

Trustees noted who would attend the annual ASBA Zone 1 Awards Luncheon. The awards luncheon celebrates the Edwin Parr nominees and ASBA Friends of Education for all school divisions in zone 1.

Trustees voted to send invitations to our local MLAs to meet with them at the upcoming PSBA FGM.

The Board then received a delegation from Safety Officer Michael Bourguignon. Fire inspections were completed at all Slave Lake schools with no major concerns noted. The Division has installed AEDs at every site. There has been a marked increase in the number of Hour-Zero tasks and training completed by HPSD staff. It was also noted that the VTRA training that is occurring this fall is being strongly supported by our partner agencies.

Trustees voted to eliminate the cost to staff for using a plug-in for their vehicles.

Trustees approved the purchase of a 5th fleet vehicle. Trustees approved the purchase of 4 vehicles at the previous board meeting; the division was able to secure all 5 vehicles for the budgeted price of 4 thanks to the competitive pricing found through a public procurement process.

Lastly, Trustees reviewed the annual Employee Exit Survey Summary. The Board then moved into closed for the remainder of their meeting.


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