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Board Meeting Highlights - April 5, 2016

April 5, 2016 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting.

  • The Board approved the quarterly financial report for the period ending February 28, 2016. Just over 50.3% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 49.1% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date revenues less expenses at $1.6 million dollars.
  • Administration shared changes to Administrative Procedures that have been developed in collaboration with the Board. Alberta Education recently released the “Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Gender Expressions”. The Guidelines for Best Practices document is meant as a guiding document for school boards and administrations to work with before the Government of Alberta’s deadline of March 31, 2016. The Administrative Procedures amended include:
  • The Board approved the Three Year Capital Plan (2017-2020) which outlined upcoming priorities for the Division:‚Äč

2017-2018 - Year One

Priority One: New K-9 (900 Capacity) replacement school for Stony Plain Central School in Stony Plain at a cost of $25.2 million dollars

 2018-2019 - Year Two

Priority One: Complete preservation and modernization of Woodhaven Middle School in Spruce Grove at a cost of $7.05 million dollars

Priority Two: Modernization of Spruce Grove Composite High School at a cost of $17 million dollars

2019-2020 - Year Three

Priority One: New High School at a cost of $51.8 million dollars to be located in Parkland School Division 

  • The Board approved the name change of the Transportation Surcharge to Transportation Rider Fee and approved the Transportation Fees schedule for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Parkland School Division's Grade 12 Diploma Exam results for January 2016. Achievement surpassed last year's results at the jurisdictional level in all subjects at the acceptable standard.
    • Although not representative of the entire Grade 12 cohort of learners, the January 2016 Diploma Exam results equaled or surpassed the provincial results on:
      • 10 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Acceptable Standard
      • 6 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Standard of Excellence
    • Although not representative of the entire Grade 12 cohort of learners, the January 2016 Diploma Exam results equaled or surpassed last year's PSD  results on:
      • 12 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Acceptable Standard
      • 10 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Standard of Excellence
  • Parkland School Division's Transportation Services delivered the 2015-2016 Department Report.  To provide transportation services, the Division employs the contract services of school buses ranging from 20 to 90 passengers, cabs, and parent-provided transportation.  In the safe transportation of 10,445 eligible and ineligible students across 16,079 kilometres each day. The Division utilizes:
    • 180 buses
    • 11 cabs
    • 198 Bus Operators
    • 27 Contractors
    • 6 Office Staff
    • 13 Transfer Site Supervisors
  • The Division provides transportation to 7,731 Parkland School Division students and the Regional Transportation system offers services for Evergreen Catholic Separate School Division, Wildrose School Division, Black Gold School Division, Grande Yellowhead School Division, Living Waters Christian Academy, St. Mathew Lutheran Christian Academy, Columbus Academy, Devon Christian School, St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Schools, Elves Special Needs Society, Alberta School for the Deaf, the Connect Society, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital and Harry Ainlay High School (Alberta School for the Deaf). 
  • There were a total of 30 reported incidents involving buses contracted by Parkland School Division.  16 were deemed as 'non-preventable' while 14 were classified as preventable.
  • People Services presented the 2015-2016 Department Report.  The Department is responsible for providing all recruitment and selection services to the Division, including Senior Executives, non-union group positions including Directors, union positions including Principal, Assistant Principals, teaching and support positions. Highlights included:
    • The Department managed 290 competitions (185 teaching positions, 105 support positions).  This represents a 15% increase in recruiting over 2014-2015. 

Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 6:30pm, Centre for Education