Regular Board Meeting Summary

Regular Board Meeting Summary
Posted on 05/08/2019
Regular Board Meeting SummaryFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

High Prairie, Alberta – The HPSD Board of Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 19, 2019. Trustees began by approving the agenda and consent agenda as presented.

Trustees reviewed the role of the Alberta School Association (ASBA) zones. Relevant documents were received at the end of March. A total of 3 documents were received for review and feedback.

ASBA additionally provided documentation for school boards to review on advocacy which is self-described as “Urging the next government to complete a comprehensive funding formula review, in partnership with ASBA”. Trustees discussed the content from ASBA and how they would proceed with sharing the materials with the school community. The Board requested the assistance from administration to distribute the approved materials to schools in the division.

Trustees reviewed the ASBA Spring General Meeting Budget and Bylaws Bulletin in preparation for the upcoming meeting.

Next on the agenda was the Public School Boards’ Association (PSBA) Spring General Meeting which will include a governance seminar with Brian Woodland, breakout sessions showcasing examples of diversity and choice within public schools, the Student Voice Program with youth leaders from across Alberta, and an Association Awards Luncheon.

Trustees reviewed an Independent Transportation Study undertaken at the request of the board after questions were brought forward at school council meetings regarding bus safety. The comprehensive report detailed the current processes of the division, recommendations brought forward by school councils, and discussions with law enforcement and other agencies involved with traffic safety to support the final recommendations in the Independent Transportation Study.

The Board then received two delegations. Literacy and Numeracy Lead Evan Dearden gave a broad overview of the work being done to improve literacy and numeracy in the division. Supervisor of Inclusion Brennan McDonald presented on the work being done with the Learning Support Teachers as well as inclusion efforts across the division.

Trustees passed a motion to hold a Ward 2 by-election. Trustee and Board Chair Tammy Henkel tendered her letter of resignation in late 2018. Information on the by-election including a candidate guide with nomination papers has been posted on the HPSD website.

The Board defeated a motion to contribute to the East Prairie Métis Settlement quad rally fundraiser. This decision is made in accordance with Administrative Procedure 515 - Donations on Behalf of the School Division.

Approval was given to 2019 Three-Year Capital Plan. There were no changes to the plan from the previous year.

A discussion followed regarding a request for space (one classroom) from Alberta Health Services at C.J. Schurter School to house the Early Childhood Intervention Program for the 2019-20 school year.

Approval in principle was given to Kinuso School for their 2020 trip to Greece.

The Board then received the Finance Report and then moved into closed for the remainder of the meeting.

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