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Board Meeting Highlights - November 1, 2016

The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting.

Update:

  • The Board welcomed as a delegation Entwistle School students for their presentation from their First Nations Métis & Inuit Leadership Team.  Students shared their experience after being trained to administer The Blanket Exercise.
  • The Board welcomed as a delegation students from École Meridian Heights School and École Broxton Park School who highlighted their French Immersion Literacy Learning Program.
  • Parkland Village School received the 2016 Rookie of the Year George Award from MicroSociety International for their work with their MicroVillage launched last year. This a recognition bestowed on one school each year. But even more remarkable is that Parkland Village received Three STARS. This measure of quality for a school so new to MicroSociety is highly unusual but in Parkland's case, well deserved.
  • The Board rescinded Resolution 146-2015, (Spruce Grove Bus Transfer Station - establishing reserves in the amount $1.8M), that was presented at the Regular Board Meeting of November 3, 2015 in light of the Government of Alberta's recent commitment to fund the future project.
  • The unaudited fourth quarter financial report for the period ending August 31, 2016 was delivered by Director of Financial Services Jason Krefting. The year-to-date surplus is $1.7 millionn dollars which includes the CISCO Systems donation of video equipment to complement the school board's purchase of other solutions for Prescott Learning Centre. 
  • The Board approved the 2016-2017 Final Budget as presented by Director of Financial Services Jason Krefting.  As part of the annual budget cycle, school jurisdictions prepare budgets in the spring then updates the budget in the fall based on September 30th enrolments and any new developments.  Parkland School Division has a total budget of $127.5 million dollars to serve the needs of approximately 10,968 students.  (+192 from 2015-2016)
    • Total budget revenues for 2016-17 will increase by 2.87% over 2015-16.
    • The Infrastructure Maintenance Renewal (IMR) grant increased by $1.1 million over last year's levels.
    • All other Instruction Grants remain at the 2015-2016 levels and include a provision for enrolment growth.
    • Parkland School Division will spend approximately $95 million dollars on human resources, which is about 75% of the division's budget.  The division will employ over 570 full-time equivalent teachers and 415 full-time equivalent support staff in 2016-17.
    • The Division is expected to use $42,867 from Operating Reserves to balance revenue versus expenditure estimates in the budget bringing the Total Accumulated Surplus from Operations to $4.2 million dollars.
  • The Board approved the relocation of six modular classroom units to Duffield School.  The Division has prioritized the modular classroom needs based on enrolment pressures and a systematic replacement of outdated portable classrooms.  The scope of the work will include demolition of six deteriorated portables located at Duffield School.  4 modular units would be on the move from Ecole Broxton Park School and two from Greystone Centennial Middle School as replacements.
  • The Board received as information the Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Examination Results Report presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnston. Highlights include:
    • French Immersion experiences significant growth and strong results, some challenges remain:
      • PSD exceeds provincial achievement in French Immersion at the acceptable standard in 5
        subjects;
      • Although the Division continues to reduce the achievement gap in French Immersion, 7 subjects
        performed below the provincial average at the standard of excellence;
    • At an acceptable standard, 11 of 11 diploma subjects exceed 90%, notably:
      • 100% acceptable standard for Social 30-1 and French Language Arts 30-1
      • 99.5% acceptable standard for English 30-1 and 98.7% for English 30-2
      • 98.4% acceptable standard for Biology 30
      • 98% acceptable standard for Social 30-2
    • The complete Executive Summary can be found here.
  • The Board received as information the annual Vandalism Report presented by Director of Facility Services Serge LaBrie.  The total cost of vandalism in Parkland School Division for the 2015-16 school year was $49,938 which is a 40% increase over last year.  Approximately 82% of total vandilism occurred in non-school hours.

 

Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education