Board Meeting Highlights - June 20, 2019

Board Meeting Highlights - June 20, 2019

Roofing Tenders Approved by Board of Trustees

The Board or Trustees approved tenders for E.E. Oliver, Lloyd Garrison and Hines Creek Composite schools to receive roofing repairs and upgrades during the summer of 2019.  The total cost for repairs and upgrades will be $407,036.

Locally Developed Courses Approved

The Board of Trustees approved a motion to continue offering Locally Developed Courses for high schools in Peace River School Division.  The courses being offered are Dance 15, 25, and 35 as well as Yoga 15, 25 and 35.

Parents Matter Week

The Board of Trustees was pleased to again approve a week dedicated to recognizing the contribution and commitment of parents within PRSD schools and declared November 25-29, 2019 to be celebrated as Parents Matter Week.  Each school is encouraged to host one to two activities during the week.

Transportation Boundary Review Follow-up

Administration brought forth an outline for further engagement strategies for the Fairview/Hines Creek Transportation Boundary Review.  They provided recommendations for amending the appeal process for transportation issues.  Trustees approved the outline as recommended by Administration for follow-up consultations and amendments.  The community consultations will commence in November of 2019, any recommendations for change will be presented to the Board for approval at the February 2020 board meeting, and implementation in September 2020.

PRSD Board approves 2019-2020 budget

The Board of Trustees approved the 2019-2020 budget at the regular board meeting held on June 20, 2019. The division’s total budget is $53,248,309. Over and above basic education, PRSD’s 2019-2020 budget will fund Inclusive Education initiatives, services and supports for students with complex and special needs, PRSD’s focus on First Nations, Metis and Inuit, literacy and numeracy, home education, wellness initiatives, technology integration and employee contract obligations. Operational dollars provide safe and caring learning environments through physical upgrades, maintenance on schools and safe transportation for students.  “The preliminary budget has been approved with a deficit of $922,702, primarily in the area of Instruction, Transportation, Plant Operation and Maintenance,” says PRSD Board Chair Darren Kuester.  “Since the Government of Alberta has not released their budget this budget has been prepared assuming no change in funding from previous years”.

Ratification of 2018-2021 Bus Drivers Collective Agreement

PRSD Board of Trustees approved the memorandum of agreement between the division and CUPE Local 4839 Bus Drivers be ratified for the period of 2018-2021.

Ratification of 2018-2021 Support Staff Collective Agreement

PRSD Board of Trustees approved the memorandum of agreement between the division and CUPE Local 4839 Support Staff be ratified for the period of 2018-2021.

PRSD Superintendent of Schools reappointment approved by Alberta Education

Trustees were pleased to review a letter from Alberta Education approving the reappointment of Dr. Paul Bennett as Superintendent of Schools and Chief Executive Officer for Peace River School Division effective September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2021 which is to coincide with Dr. Bennett’s retirement plans. (see media release)

Board holds 2019-2020 Organizational Meeting - Kuester and Velichka continue in board leadership roles

The Peace River School Division (PRSD) Board of Trustees held its organizational meeting on Thursday, June 20, 2019 when both Darren Kuester and Delainah Velichka were re-elected to continue in their roles as Board Chair and Vice Chair respectively.  Darren Kuester, Ward three trustee has served five terms on the board and sixth consecutive year as Board Chair. “Peace River School Division is an exceptional school division that is truly focused on ensuring the success of every student and I am proud to be a part of such a dedicated team” says Kuester. “I am pleased to continue as Board Chair and together with fellow trustees, I am dedicated to being a strong advocate for our students and proudly support all that public education represents.” Delainah Velichka is serving her third term on the board and third year as Vice-Chair. “Schools are the heart of our communities, and like our communities, public schools represent various cultures, religions and backgrounds joined together as one” says Velichka. “Peace River School Division provides students with all-encompassing educational experiences and continually evolves to meet the varying needs of students and I am honored to continue in my role on the board.” (see media release)