Regular Board Meeting Summary

Regular Board Meeting Summary
Posted on 11/04/2019
Regular Board Meeting Summary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

High Prairie, Alberta – The HPSD Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, for their regularly scheduled meeting. They began by accepting the consent agenda, adding items to the agenda, and moving onto the agenda items.

Trustees began by discussing the Alberta School Boards Association strategic plan questions which are:

  • Do the current values accurately reflect the evolution of ASBA in the future?
  • Does the current Vision Statement accurately reflect the evolution of ASBA?
  • Does the Mission Statement accurately reflect the evolution of ASBA?

The Board then moved into a review of their policies which is done every three years. The two policies reviewed this month were policy one (division vision statement and values) and policy two (Role of the Board). Trustees reaffirmed Board Policy 1. Trustees recommended Board Policy 2 be rewritten with proposed changes and brought to the November Board Meeting.

The Special Budget Meeting has been scheduled on November 20, 2019, before the Board Meeting also scheduled on that day. The Alberta Government released the provincial budget on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

Alberta School Boards Insurance Exchange (ASBIE) Advisory Board had a call for interest for one board vacancy and has sent a letter to all Alberta school boards regarding the position.

Trustees reviewed a letter requesting HPSD “Repeal of School Act and Need to Amend Safe and Caring Policies”. As per recommendations from provincial bodies, the Board of Trustees will not be making changes at this time.

The Board then directed administration to draft a letter of support to Public School Boards Association of Alberta (PSBA) regarding the provision for a representative of the Public Division to make a presentation at the Community Meeting (section 6 (3)(a)) and how it negatively affects the rights of Public Boards.

A delegation on assessment and literacy and numeracy was then received by Trustees. Supervisor of Curriculum Julia Drefs, Curriculum Lead Darcy Kirkham, and Literacy and Numeracy Lead Evan Dearden presented on the provincial achievement results and how it relates to grade-level cohorts.

Trustees gave approval in principle to the Roland Michener Secondary School international field trip to Italy/Croatia.

The Board formed an ad hoc committee to develop a process for board and superintendent evaluations. Karin Scholl, Adrian Wong, and Steve Adams will form the committee. They will return to the Board with terms of reference.

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

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