Board Meeting Highlights - May 30, 2017
May 30, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting.
- The Board welcomed as a delegation Grade 10 and Grade 12 students from Spruce Grove Composite High School who presented their SGCHS Arcade Project. When SGCHS student Gordon Bennett suggested building an arcade machine for his school as a legacy project, his Communication Technology teacher and the SGCHS administration took him up on his idea. Entirely conceived, designed and constructed by the students, the SGCHS Arcade Project was funded by an anonymous donor and involved a small team of students from Design, Electronics, Construction, Communication Technology and Art classes to complete.
- The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending April 30, 2017. The year-to-date surplus is $2.2 million dollars. Total revenues are at 69.4% of the final budget of $127,538,751. Total expenses are at 67.6% of the final budget of $127,581,618. The target percentage for this period was 66.7%.
- The Board received as information the May 2017 Accountability Pillar Results Report. The Accountability Pillar surveys are administered annually during the months of January to March to:
- Students in grades four, seven and ten;
- Students in grades four through twelve (for small schools);
- Parents of students in grades four, seven and ten, and
- The Board received as information the PSD Priorities Report as presented by Director of Learning Services, Leah Andrews. Progress toward realizing the outcomes stated in the 2015-2018 Three-Year Education Plan has been significant and is noteworthy, especially in the areas of early learning, wellness and building inclusive environments.
- The Board received as information the draft version of the Three Year Education Plan (Year 3) as presented by Associate Superintendent, Scott Johnston.The final version will be brought to the Board at the June 13, 2017 Regular Board Meeting for approval. The Three Year Education Plan is a key component in the education planning cycle which involves:
- Developing and updating plans that are aligned with provincial goals, outcomes and performance measures and the Division's vision, mission, values and beliefs.
- Promoting thoughtful community engagement;
- Preparing budgets in alignment with resource stewardship, and that support student learning to achieve goals and to improve results.
- Implementing strategies to maintain or improve students learning and achievement
- The Board received as information the Transportation Services Department Report as presented by Director of Transportation Services, Dennis Simcoe. To provide transportation services, the department makes efficient use of school buses ranging from 20 to 90 passengers, cabs, and parent-provided transportation. In the safe transportation of approximately 10,500 eligible (funded) and ineligible (unfunded) students across 15,975 kilometres each day utilizing 176 buses and close to 200 bus operators.
- The Board received as information the Wellness Initiative Report as presented by Wellness Coordinator Felicia Ochs. The report provided highlights from areas including:
- Mental Health and Healthy Relationships
- Physical Literacy
- Nutrition and Healthy Food Environments for Children and Youth