Regular Board Meeting Highlights - May 29, 2018
May 29, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting.
- The Board took the opportunity to express sincere thanks and congratulations to Superintendent of Schools, Tim Monds, who attended his last regular board meeting before his official retirement date of May 31, 2018. Monds served students and staff of Parkland School Division for 10 years including the first two as Deputy Superintendent and the last eight as Superintendent. Tim Monds has been an educational leader for over 37 years. His journey through four Alberta school divisions includes time as a K-12 teacher, Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent. In 2016-2017, Tim received the provincial EXL Award for Excellence in School System Leadership from the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS). The award is granted to outstanding educators who exhibit exemplary leadership ability and who have enhanced the profession of school system administration throughout their career.
- The Board appointed Shauna Boyce as Acting Superintendent effective June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019 or to the start date of the new Superintendent, pursuant to Section 113 of the School Act. As there is a superintendent compensation review under way at the Ministry of Education, the appointment of the next Superintendent of Schools for Parkland School Division is awaiting Ministerial Approval.
- The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending April 30, 2018. As of April 30th, 2018, 68.02% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 67.824% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $405,418.
- The Board approved the 2018-2019 Preliminary Budget as presented by Director, Financial Services Jason Krefting. As part of the annual budget cycle, school jurisdictions prepare budgets in the spring then update the budget in the fall based on September 30th enrolments and any new developments in the spring.
- Parkland School Division has a total budget of $133.1 million dollars to serve the needs of approximately 11,200 students.
- Parkland School Division is projecting an increased enrolment of 148 students over the previous year.
- Total budget revenues for 2018-19 will increase by 0.10% over 2017-18.
- The 2018 - 2019 budget accommodates a provision for an increase in general student enrolment. No new grants have been included in the budget this year. The School Fee Reduction Grant ($745K) and Transportation Fee Reduction Grant ($300K) offset fees that are no longer charged to parents as a result of Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees and remain the same as the prior year. The School Nutrition Grant introduced in 2017-18 has increased by $53K to $194K. The ECS Program Unit grant is 12.5% lower than budgeted in the prior year as the enrollments were lower than projected last year. Transportation funding is lower than the previous year’s budget as it has been forecast similar to actual funding received in 2017-2018. All other grant allocations remain at 2017-2018 levels. Base Funding represents 56% of the division’s provincial funding and is determined by the number of students enrolled as of September 30th of each school year.
- The Classroom Improvement Fund has been included in this budget and increased by 2.11% over the prior year to $1,295,800.
- Parkland School Division will spend approximately $99.5 million dollars on human resources, which is about 75% of the division's budget. Total salaries and benefits for the division increased by 0.95% over 2017-2018. The division will employ over 605 full-time equivalent teachers and approximately 443 full-time equivalent support staff in 2018-19.
- The Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal (IMR) which provides funds for school renovation and facility upgrading projects, has decreased by $366 thousand over 2017-2018 amounts.
- The division is expecting Accumulated Operating Reserves before School Generated Funds of of $4.3 million as at August 31, 2018. In the 2018-2019 budget, a deficit of $327 thousand is anticipated and $343K is budgeted for the VOIP phone project. The balance at the end of August 31, 2019 for Operating Reserves before School Generated Funds is estimated to be $3.6 million.
- The cost of running the regional transportation system is not fully supported through transportation grants and transportation user fees. The
Division is anticipating a deficit of $425K in the transportation program. The regional transportation system provides service to Evergreen Catholic,
Wild Rose, Black Gold, Grande Yellowhead, Star Catholic, St. Thomas Aquinas and two area private schools.
- The Board approved the Attendance Area Boundaries changes that affect some residents who currently attend Tomahawk School and Duffield School. The area is south of Secondary Highway 627 from a half mile west of Range Road 45 to Range Road 35 to optimize travel time of students within the area to their designated school.
- The Board received as information the draft of the 2018-2019 Education Plan. The final version will be brought to the Board at the June 12, 2018 Regular Board Meeting for approval. The 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 meaningful community engagement;
- Preparing budgets in alignment with resource stewardship, and that support student learning to achieve the Ultimate Goal of Student Success and Well-being; and,
- Implementing strategies to maintain or improve students learning and achievement.
- The Board received as information the 2017 - 2018 Parkland School Division Priorities Report as presented by Associate Superintendent, Dr. Dianne McConnell. The document serves as a progress report for the Division towards realizing the outcomes stated in the 2016-2019 Three-Year Education Plan especially in the areas of early learning, wellness and building inclusive environments.