Regular Board Meeting Summary - February 2021

Regular Board Meeting Summary - February 2021
Posted on 02/18/2021
Regular Board Meeting Summary - February 2021The Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, February 17, for their regularly scheduled board meeting. They approved the consent agenda and moved into the rest of the agenda items.

The Trustees began by discussing a letter from the Rural Caucus of Alberta School Boards. The letter covered activities undertaken by the group as well as updates on COVID-19, PUF funding, the Transportation Task Force, mental health challenges facing families and students, and a Technology Pilot yet to be announced.

The next item on the agenda was the Alberta School Councils' Association (ASCA) Virtual Conference and Annual General Meeting. ASCA Member School Councils will participate in the policy-setting process of the Association by reviewing the proposed advocacy resolutions submitted for consideration (discussion and voting on) at the AGM.

Trustees then reviewed the Critical Worker Benefit announced by the Government of Alberta. The Board was given clarification on the school-based recipients as identified by the Government of Alberta.

The Board discussed the ongoing reporting on school bus fly-bys. Trustees reviewed the current process in place when there is a school bus red light infraction (fly-by). The division is aggregating the data from where the fly-bys are taking place to consider any changes that can be done by HPSD to minimize the number of fly-bys (changing routes, bus stops). When a motorist drives past a bus with its red lights activated, the exterior cameras capture a high-definition video of the infraction. The video is automatically sent to the division safety officer and Transportation Department, who then submit the video to the RCMP. 

Trustees received a delegation from the Director of Technology, Sascha Klingsch. Sascha reviewed the current projects being undertaken by the department as well as those projects completed this school year.

The Board discussed a letter from ASBA to Edmonton Public Schools that was sent to all school board chairs in the province regarding the low enrollment in the province and its impact on the Weighted Moving Average (WMA) calculation, which determines school authority funding.

Trustees also reviewed a letter from the Town of High Prairie regarding the termination of the Joint Use Agreement. 

The Board accepted the Finance report and then moved into closed for the remainder of the meeting.
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