October 2020 Board Meeting Summary

October 2020 Board Meeting Summary
Posted on 11/13/2020
October 2020 Board Meeting Summary

The HPSD Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, October 21, for their regularly scheduled board meeting. They began by adding items to the agenda and approving the consent agenda.


Trustees discussed the Alberta School Councils' Association (ASCA) Proposed Advocacy Resolutions for the April 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM). School Councils will be able to prepare and submit advocacy resolutions that would be voted on at the AGM. As outlined in the ASCA documentation, the purpose of advocacy resolutions is as follows:


To influence change in education, school councils in Alberta identify issues in provincial education affecting early childhood services (ECS) to grade 12 students, that they would like addressed, changed or resolved, and submit a Proposed Advocacy Resolution Form to ASCA for the discussion and consideration of members attending the AGM. 


Resolutions that receive majority support from voting parent school council members at the 2021 AGM become belief statements, or directives for action, and form advisory positions as Advocacy Policy of the association. 


Advocacy Policy is the direction, or guiding statements, that represent the views of ASCA members and are presented as the collective voice, or perspective, of parents on school councils in Alberta. 


These views are expressed at advisory committee tables when ASCA is invited to work with government, the Education Ministry and other provincial groups, on education policy, programs and practice. 


The Board then went on to review the Alberta School Boards Association Fall General Meeting (FGM) revised by-laws and policies bulletin.


Trustees then received a delegation from Supervisor of Curriculum, Julia Drefs, on literacy and numeracy.


A motion was passed to cancel the 2020 Long Service Awards ceremony and send a letter to all recipients explains the decision with respect to the ongoing global pandemic.


Trustees reviewed a letter from the Rural Caucus of Alberta School Boards which requested an extension of the term for the executive positions that were to be up for election this year (Vice Chair and one Director) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which has cancelled the planned November meeting and elections. The Board noted they have no issue with the proposed extension.


The Board approved the Finance Report.


The Board reviewed the recommendations from the Advocacy Committee. Trustees approved the recommendations with amendments.


The last item discussed by the Board was the superintendent and board self-evaluations with respect to available dates for the evaluation to take place. After the dates were set, the meeting went into closed. 

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