Regular Board Meeting Summary February 2018

Regular Board Meeting Summary February 2018
Posted on 03/20/2018
Board of TrusteesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

High Prairie, Alberta – The Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, February 21st for their regular board meeting. Trustees approved the consent agenda and then proceeded into the rest of the agenda items.

A discussion was held on the upcoming PSBA awards nominations and potential nominees from the Division.

Trustees then reviewed details of the upcoming Long Service Awards. The evening celebrates the long service milestones achieved by staff, retirees, and any other awards or nominations of distinction. The Long Service Awards ceremony is hosted by the HPSD Board of Trustees; the Board’s recognition committee is working closely with Division staff to support and enhance the ceremony as it is the sole event hosted by the Board of Trustees to honour and recognize the employees of High Prairie School Division.

Trustees reviewed the ASBA Superintendent Salary Comparative Analysis. The Board of Trustees elected to send a letter to ASBA on the comparative analysis focusing on key areas of concern. Those areas included the purpose and intended outcome of the survey, the lack of input from ASBA Directors to review the data, and the data itself which was found to be flawed which has resulted in a wealth of misinformation being circulated. This letter joins the growing list of school boards who are publicly condemning the survey as its flaws have significantly diminished the respect for elected boards and their superintendents across the province. The letter from HPSD was sent to current ASBA President Mary Martin and copied to all school board chairs in Alberta as well as the presidents of CASS, ASCA, and each ASBA zone chair.

Trustees approved the 2018-19 school year calendar and approved the Christmas and Easter holidays for the 2019-20 school year.

Approval in full was given to the E.W. Pratt trip to Winnipeg and the Kinuso School trip to Italy.

Trustees approved a request for sponsorship for the Peace Regional Science Fair. Students from multiple schools in the Division compete locally, regionally, and nationally through science fair program and is one of the ways HPSD promotes STEM in our schools.

Lastly, Trustees received a delegation from the student services staff; they presented an update on the work being done with inclusion, literacy, numeracy, and assessment.

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