Parkland School Division Homepage News en-us Tue, 18 Feb 2020 00:22:29 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 https://www.psd70.ab.ca It's Survey Season February 14, 2020 - It's survey season and Parkland School Division and Alberta Education wants to hear from all stakeholders including parents, guardians, teachers and students. Staff at the division are entrusted to provide students with a quality education but we need all stakeholders' help. Meaningful engagement is foundational as we attend to providing stakeholder assurance that the Division is achieving its Ultimate Goal: Student Success and Well-being. Consider this an annual check-up on the education system.  There are a number of tools used with different audiences.  All surveys are anonymous and are invaluable when it comes to informing decision-making in the Education Planning process at both the school and division level. Students and teachers complete the surveys online at school while parents receive a copy of the survey that can be completed online, or by mail. Responses are collected and tabulated into a summary chart released in May and are updated in October to supplement updated academic achievement results through the Provincial Achievement Tests (grade 6 and 9) and the Diploma Examination results.  School administration and staff take the Accountability Pillar results into consideration when building supportive learning environments, meaningful experiences and healthy relationships with our students. They also carefully analyze the results of achievement tests and Diploma Exams to guide classroom instruction moving forward. From Alberta Education Parents and guardians across Alberta will receive their invitation to share their views on what's happening at school directly from Alberta Education. This process can be completed online until the end of February.  Parents and guardians are encouraged to watch their mail if they haven't already received the survey.  Instructions on how to complete the survey are included in the survey package including directions on how to return the survey directly to Alberta Education. Parents can also use the Random Access Code provided to them in the survey package to complete the survey online by visiting:  https://public.education.alberta.ca/APOS/ Survey results will be available to school authorities in May 2020, and will be reported publicly as part of the Division's Education Plan and Annual Education Results Report. For more information on the province's Accountability Pillar Surveys, visit the Education Plan pages of your school's website which can be found under the OUR SCHOOL menu in the top navigation. Click on OUR SCHOOL > Reports. ThoughtExchange Stay tuned for more information as we Continue the Conversation in the 2020 ThoughtExchange coming soon.  For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: DivisionOffice@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23068&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23068&stream=Homepage News Pink Shirt Day February 13, 2020 - As a demonstration of our need to work together to promote healthy relationships and prevent bullying, Parkland School Division encourages all students, staff and families to participate in Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, February 26, by donning your favourite shades of rose, fuchsia, salmon or magenta. Pink Shirt Day got its start in small-town Nova Scotia, where a group of high school boys teamed up to distribute and wear pink t-shirts in support of their classmate, a Grade 9 boy who had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. Their show of solidarity sent a strong message to the boy's bullies that their actions would not be tolerated, and today, annual Pink Shirt Day events held in communities across Canada continue to spread this message of kindness and understanding. Being proactive in preventing bullying means we accept shared responsibility for the creation and maintenance of learning and work environments that are safe and welcoming for all students, their families and staff, as outlined in PSD's Administrative Procedure 180: Belonging and Identity. Participating in events like Pink Shirt Day shows leadership in our schools and communities. This display of support is the foundation for creating bullying prevention strategies and modelling healthy relationships. Show your commitment to creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe environments and help stop bullying by wearing pink and sharing on social media using the hashtags #psd70, #PinkShirtDay, #WhereToTurn and #LiftEachOtherUp. For more information on Pink Shirt Day and Safe and Caring Schools, please visit the Pink Shirt Day and Alberta Government websites. https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=19719&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=19719&stream=Homepage News Registered Apprenticeship Program Information Night February 17, 2020 - Parkland School Division’s high schools are hosting a parent information night regarding the Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAP) in PSD as well as other Off-Campus programming. Grade 9 to 12 students who may be interested in participating in the program now or in the future are invited to attend. Earn while you learn. RAP students are both full-time students and registered apprentices, and must be actively working toward the completion of senior high school. The amount of time a RAP student spends at school and on the work site can be quite flexible, allowing the student to divide his or her time between an approved work site and senior high school. The student, school and employer jointly agree to a suitable schedule. Students can earn up to 40 high school credits in the program. Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Time: 6:30-8pm Location: Horizon Stage, 1001 Calahoo Rd, Spruce Grove, AB Explore over 50 different skilled trade occupations. Students can also qualify for a $1000 scholarship. Learn about flexible work schedules available during semesters or over the summer. Careers: the Next Generation will also be on hand to answer questions. For further information, contact: Memorial Composite High School Sharla Nuijens RAP Coordinator Phone: 780-963-2255 Spruce Grove Composite High School Rob Killen RAP Coordinator Phone: 780-962-0800 Careers: the Next Generation Phone: 1-888-757-7172 https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23062&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23062&stream=Homepage News Online Registration / Verification for 2020-2021 January 21, 2020 - Parkland School Division's annual online registration/verification process is coming soon.  All Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 registrations for both new and returning students will be conducted online through the PowerRegistration portal for the 2020-2021 school year. All parents will be required to complete this online process each school year. New students must register online, while returning students will receive an email or letter with further instructions on how to verify and/or update their existing information. Registration opens on February 3, 2020. NEW STUDENTS - Access the Online 2020-2021 New Student Registration Form>>> RETURNING STUDENTS - Check your email beginning Monday, February 3, 2020. Parents/guardians can register new students using the New Student Registration form, and/or verify returning student information by following instructions sent to them via email.  All parents are required to complete the registration process by 4:30pm on March 20, 2020. This deadline allows us to determine the eligibility of bus pass applicants, the routing of buses, bus pass production and data verification before the summer break while schools are still operating. Important Registration Dates February 3, 2020 - Registration opens. The link to the New Student Registration form (new students) will be added as a Quick Link on the homepage of psd70.ab.ca. Families of returning students will check their email for a message from PowerSchool Registration Support with further instructions (returning students). March 20, 2020 at 4:30pm - Registration deadline. For further information, visit our Registration page. Please note: The 2019-2020 New Student Registration form is still open and accepting registrations for the current school year. The 2019-2020 form cannot be used to register for 2020-2021- when registering, please make sure to use the correct form. Complete information on the registration process can be found on our Registration page. More information regarding the 2020-2021 registration process will be added as it becomes available.   For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: DivisionOffice@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22904&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22904&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - February 11, 2020 February 11, 2020 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Alberta School Boards Association has released the deadline for Edwin Parr Teacher Award nominations for excellence in first-year teachers. Due to the release of a later deadline, the Parkland School Division selection committee has extended their deadline for submissions to February 28, 2020. Grade 5 and 6 students from Forest Green School shared their learning as a delegation to the meeting. They presented a Career & Technology Foundations and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) challenge. Students are exploring these areas by building and creating projects and activities to inspire new passions and talents. The Board welcomed Keanu, Rylan, Daxton, Kaiden, Nicholas, Keira, Olivia and Leah. Joining the students were Principal Nealle Dickson, Assistant Principal Mike Partington, teacher Jessica St. Pierre and educational assistant Michelle Gardiner. The Board received as information the Occupational Health & Safety Report as presented by Deputy Superintendent, Mark Francis. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23035&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23035&stream=Homepage News Coronavirus Update From Alberta Health Services February 11, 2020 - Alberta Health Services has asked school divisions throughout the province to distribute the following information on the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov). While AHS is working very proactively to ensure school communities stay informed about Coronavirus, it is important to remember that the current risk to Albertans is low. There are no confirmed or probable cases of the 2019-nCoV in Alberta at this time.  Letter For Parents - English Self-Isolation Information - English Letter For Parents - French Self-Isolation Information - French You can find the most up-to-date information on this topic by visiting the Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services websites. https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23033&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23033&stream=Homepage News Minister's Youth Council February 6, 2020 - The Minister of Education is recruiting youth to sit on the Minister's Youth Council. Annually, 40 junior and senior high students with diverse interests, identities, backgrounds and perspectives from all regions of Alberta are selected for the council. The program is eligible for junior or senior high students between the ages of 14 and 19 (as of September 1, 2020)  Applicants chosen will be on the council for a 10-month term which involves 3 meetings to be held in Edmonton in fall, winter and spring. Apply online today to be a part of the Minister's Youth Council. 2020-2021 Recruitment The Ministry is looking for approximately 32 to 40 youth with diverse interests, identities, backgrounds and perspectives from all across Alberta to participate as partners in contributing to our education system. A minimum of 24 new council members and maximum of 8 returning council members will be recruited from the 2019-2020 council. The deadline for applications is March 18, 2020. If you are unable to apply online, download the application and send it to: Alberta Education Strategic Engagement Branch Attention: Student Engagement 6th Floor, 44 Capital Boulevard 10044 108 Street Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5E6 Only applications with a postmark dated on/prior to March 18, 2020 will be considered. Application Package and Documents The application package requires consent from your parent/guardian. Please complete basic personal information and thoughtfully answer the following questions: Community Why do you think it is important that individuals of all ages contribute to their communities in a positive way? Tell us about your efforts to create positive change in your community, through volunteering, working with or influencing others to take action and create change. Please describe your experiences in depth, indicating your contribution and the impact of your actions. Perspective Everyone has a story or experiences that have shaped their values, beliefs and choices. How have your lived experiences contributed to your values and how is your perspective unique? Leadership  Leadership is not always positional, it can also be situational; you can demonstrate leadership even if you’re not the leader of a group. Describe one leadership skill you demonstrate and how it would positively contribute to the council. Passion Why do you want to be on the Minister's Youth Council? To apply online, you may complete the application in more than one online session. Click the “save” button to save your responses. Please save your work every 15 minutes as the system will timeout after 20 minutes. Once you complete the application, click the “submit” button to ensure that your application will be received and reviewed by Alberta Education. Applications that have been saved but not submitted will not be accepted for consideration. Before applying, please read the Minister’s Youth Council Fact Sheet and Student Engagement Fact Sheet. https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23012&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23012&stream=Homepage News Strong Families: Drug Information & Awareness January 28, 2020 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information series for local families. Evening 1: We will focus on defining the concept of addiction, exploring how addiction develops, identifying the types of drugs that youth may be using and how those substances can affect the brain and body.   Evening 2: We will focus on how to talk to your child/teen about drugs (and what to expect when you do), as well as what addiction and mental health services are available for families. Dates: Tuesday, March 10 and 17, 2020 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre for Education (4603-48 Street, Stony Plain) Presenter: Lisa Kimmerly (Alberta Health Services - Addictions) Information and topics discussed will build on each other, so participants are asked to attend all dates, if possible. A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available. Space is limited, so please register early to reserve your spot. To register, please contact: Vicky Mamczasz Family Supports Facilitator Phone: 780-963-8472 Email: vmamczasz@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21427&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21427&stream=Homepage News Kindergarten Registration & Open Houses 2020-2021 January 7, 2020 - Kindergarten Open Houses for all schools in Parkland School Division that offer Kindergarten programming will be held from 6-7pm on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Students are welcome to attend these events with their parents or guardians at the school at which they have registered. They will be designed as information nights, where parents and guardians can visit the school, see the kindergarten classroom, meet the staff and learn more about the kindergarten program and what their child will be doing and learning while they are part of it.   Please note: You can find your designated school on Parkland School Division’s Attendance Areas & Designated Schools page.   How to Register Fill out the online 2020-2021 New Student Registration Form once it becomes available beginning February 3, 2020. The student's birth certificate and proof of residence will be required as part of the registration process - please submit copies of these documents to the school. Important: Be sure to register using the 2020-2021 New Student Registration Form. The New Student Registration Form link currently live on the Division’s Registration page is only for students registering for the balance of the current 2019-2020 school year. All parents are encouraged to complete the registration process by 4:30pm on March 20, 2020. This deadline allows us to determine the eligibility of bus pass applicants, the routing of buses and data verification before the summer break while schools are still operating. Registrations will continue to be accepted after the deadline for those families who may be moving into the jurisdiction. For more detailed information on the online registration process, visit PSD’s Registration page. Good to Know: Registration requirements for Kindergarten are the same as those for Grades 1 through 12.   A child entering Kindergarten must be 5 years old by the last day of December of the school year in which he or she begins Kindergarten. For example, a child registering for Kindergarten in September 2020 needs to be 5 years old by December 31, 2020. A child entering Grade 1 must be 6 years old by the last day of December of the school year in which he or she begins Grade 1. For example, a child registering for Grade 1 in September 2020 needs to be 6 years old by December 31, 2020.   Kindergarten programs are offered on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday with alternating Fridays. Please contact your designated school for more information. Kindergarten Programs of Choice Parkland School Division is proud to offer French Immersion and Maranatha as programs of choice to incoming Kindergarten students. Here’s how you can learn more about them. French Immersion French Immersion Kindergarten programs are offered at École Meridian Heights School (for the Stony Plain and West End area) and École Broxton Park School (for the Spruce Grove area). French Immersion Open Houses will be held at these schools on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 6-7pm. If you're interested in French Immersion, please drop by or contact these schools for more information. Maranatha Christian Program The Maranatha Christian Program (MCP) is available to all families who want their Kindergarten to Grade 9 children taught in a non-denominational, spiritually nurturing, intellectually challenging, and disciplined environment. Those families who are interested in their children entering Kindergarten with this program of choice should contact Brookwood School in Spruce Grove. Middle Years students from Grades 5 through 9 can choose this program which is offered at Woodhaven Middle School in Spruce Grove. Still Have Questions? Everything else you need to know on the topic of registration can be found on the PSD Registration page. For further information, please contact your child's future school. https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22798&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22798&stream=Homepage News Seba Beach School Considered for Closure January 16, 2020 - At the Regular Board Meeting held on January 14, 2020, the Board of Trustees served a Notice of Motion that Seba Beach School be considered for closure effective June 30, 2020, and that the Board decision on the closure of the school will be made at a Special Board Meeting to be held Wednesday, March 17, 2020, at the Centre for Education in Stony Plain (4603 – 48 Street). It is important to note that the closure decision has not been made. The time between now and March 17, 2020, will be used to receive information from parents and other interested parties and to examine all information related to the viability of Seba Beach School.  On March 17, 2020, the Board will deliberate the closure issue and will make a decision. The Seba Beach School Viability Report can be found here. An extensive Question and Answer document regarding the impact of a potential closure of Seba Beach School can be found here. The Board invites parents, staff and community members to a public meeting to be held at Seba Beach School on February 4, 2020, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. At this meeting, the Board will review the impact of a potential closure of Seba Beach School and stakeholders will have an opportunity to reserve a 10-minute window to directly interact with a Board member and a member of Parkland School Division’s Executive Team regarding specific concerns or questions. Written presentations on the possible closure of the school will be accepted any time during a 3-week window after the public meeting takes place and members of the public may request to form a delegation to present their input at the Board meeting on March 10th. The Trustees are very interested in receiving your input and comments as they consider this important decision about the future of Seba Beach School. Finally, recognizing that considering a closure of a school is an emotional issue that evokes strong feelings, both administration and Trustees have appreciated the respectful and thoughtful dialogue that has occurred with parents, staff, and community members to date.  We ask that future discussions continue to respect Parkland School Division’s Code of Conduct. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation with the process. Sincerely, Shauna Boyce, Superintendent Parkland School Division    Potential Closure of Seba Beach School Q & A Why is Parkland School Division discussing the possible closure of Seba Beach School?  After years of declining enrolment and providing a special allocation of funding to operate the school and in light of the current financial situation, the question of viability at Seba Beach School is on the table.  The viability study examined whether Parkland School Division is providing the best education for students for the dollars expended and choices available. PSD Trustees want to ensure that high quality education is available for all PSD students in the future.     How would the closure affect the attendance area defined for Seba Beach School? The Seba Beach School attendance area would split to become part of the attendance areas for Tomahawk School, Wabamun School, and Entwistle School. Exploratory discussions have taken place with Paul First Nation and representatives have expressed a willingness to look at options for transporting their students to alternate PSD sites. Options for cross attendance choices to other schools could be explored with any families interested. Those are available where space and resources permit and are reviewed by school Principals on a year-by-year basis. Cross attendance students may apply for bus service for a fee if it is available and criteria is met as per Administrative Procedure 850: Transportation Services.   How would the closure affect the attendance areas for other schools? The attendance area for Tomahawk, Wabamun and Entwistle Schools would become larger as it would now include the area for Seba Beach School.  Viable options for Paul First Nations students who attend PSD schools would be further discussed with Paul First Nation.   What are the program implications for other Parkland School Division schools and for the Seba Beach School students if they were to attend elsewhere beginning in 2020-2021? Currently, students from the four West End schools join together at Seba Beach School for the Career and Technology Foundation (CTF) courses, which include Sewing, Shop, Guitar, Foods, Wellness and Art. Entwistle, Tomahawk and Wabamun Schools bus their Grade 7, 8 and 9 students to Seba Beach for one week of programming three times per year.  Should Seba Beach School close, it is expected that each of its former students’ receiving schools would either:  •    Accommodate CTF programming on-site, or  •    Select a new school to host a combined program.  Seba Beach School was originally selected for the CTF site because of its available space and resources: it has the classroom space to accommodate approximately 75 junior high students for one week, and it has on-site shop and food programming facilities. Entwistle School, Tomahawk School, or Wabamun School could accommodate students similarly, although the resources available may change the programs offered. Resources can also move with the students. With all factors considered, the West End CTF program benefits from, but is not dependent on, the continued operation of Seba Beach School.   What are the educational impacts of closing Seba Beach School? Academic achievement varies between individual students and there is no reason to expect education would be negatively impacted by a move to another school. While students, parents and staff are very fond of Seba Beach School and have appreciated their successful years as a school community, moving the students to other Parkland School Division schools will provide the opportunity to ensure that strong educational programming can continue into the future. Parkland School Division staff would work to ensure a smooth transition for every student impacted. Parents will be well informed of transition plans for students generally, and additionally individualized transition plans will be developed for students identified with mild, moderate or significant needs. Individualized transition plans could include the following: tour of new school, identification of support team and early introduction of the support team to the students and family, individualized programming planning in new school and assurance of responses to a variety of individualized needs. (For example: specialized equipment.)  School staff would be working closely with the students and families and the process will be guided by the school administrators. How many students would need to be relocated as a result of the closure? It is expected that 66 students will be designated to other Parkland School Division schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Based on residences of current students and bus route patterns, a distribution could look like the following: (Please note, peer groups and family requests could be considered for alternate placements based on capacity at receiving schools and available transportation). What be the needs and the extent of busing if the school were to close? At present, three dedicated buses serve the Seba Beach School attendance area: two that travel to Seba Beach School, and one that travels to Memorial Composite High School. In addition, one Entwistle bus picks up Seba Beach students at three stops in the Seba Beach area and carries on to Memorial Composite High School. If Seba Beach School were to close, attendance areas would be adjusted based on distances to alternative schools, bus availability, transport patterns, and ride times. Ride times would not significantly be impacted and would fall within expected Division limits. Based on the above information, it is recommended that, should Seba Beach School be closed, its attendance area should be split between the Entwistle School and Wabamun School attendance areas. This realignment would not require any additional buses to transport the students. One bus currently transports PSD high school, French Immersion and Evergreen Catholic students through the Wabamun transfer site. In a closure scenario, two buses would be reassigned to transport former Seba students to Wabamun.  Buses serving the revised Entwistle School attendance area would then accommodate the students from Entwistle. The nine students, who are currently cross attendance students from Tomahawk attending Seba Beach School, would be either directed back to their designated school, Tomahawk School or given the opportunity to explore another school of choice should space and resources allow.   What are the financial implications of closing Seba Beach School?  A review of the various funding components received by the Division shows that the overall net financial impact of a Seba Beach School closure would be a savings of $1,032,881. Instruction Seba Beach School currently employs 5.5 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) certificated teaching staff, 2.6 FTE educational assistants and 1 FTE secretary. Existing Seba Beach School staff would be placed in other applicable vacancies within the Division, as per Administrative Procedure 470: Reduction of Staff. However, the closure would still result in staff reductions for the Division that would result in a savings of $288,000. If Seba Beach School were to close, there would be several significant financial implications for the Division. The figures provided below, based on the draft Final Budget for 2019-2020 school year, and actual results for the years prior. Assumptions have been made based on Alberta Education’s current funding formula with allocations based on the Division allocation model in place for the 2019-2020 school year.  Based on the budget for 2019-2020, the school-based cost per student at Seba Beach School is $13,497, compared to the division average of $7,097. These amounts do not factor in the cost of plant operations and upkeep (i.e. maintenance, custodial work, utilities and insurance). We receive some funding from the government (“small school by necessity”) for small schools when they are more than 25km from the nearest school. To this end, the closure would result in two more schools eligible to receive funding (approximately $230,000). Currently, our west end schools are located too close to each other to receive the full extent of this funding. Above and beyond the provincial funding, the Division allocates funds to small schools based on our established allocation model. This model was developed by the Division to support our small schools, and is not intended to mirror revenue received from the government. The allocation model for small schools was updated in 2019-2020 in response to changes in overall Division revenues, and in an effort to provide funding to the small schools that had the greatest need. The four West End schools all require extra funding through the allocation model, with Seba Beach School requiring the most at $182,000. Seba Beach School has received a special allocation each of the last three years, and this amount has increased each year, tripling in size since 2017-2018, as enrolment has continued to decrease at Seba Beach. The 2019-2020 contingency allocation for Seba Beach School was $131,581 which would be allocated back to other schools within the division should Seba Beach School close. Facilities Infrastructure maintenance and renewal (IMR) funding under the current funding formulas is determined based on multiple factors, including the building’s student population and square meterage. If Seba Beach were to close, the IMR funding would be reduced by $11,919. This reduction in funding is offset by the maintenance work that is done at the school. Over the last three years, $225,000 worth of maintenance has been completed at Seba Beach School: an average of $75,000 per year. Seba Beach School’s five-year maintenance costs include (but are not limited to): •    Roofing - $262,100 •    Air handling units - $275,947 •    Fire detection system - $230,369 •    Boilers - $125,585 •    Hot water distribution - $522,373 •    Finned tube radiation - $541,537 •    Pneumatic controls - $101,567? The remaining outstanding amounts of deferred maintenance include many of the interior components of the building (e.g. lockers, millwork, countertops, washroom fixtures, flooring, etc.). At $766.74, Seba Beach School has the highest 5-year maintenance cost per square metre of all PSD West End schools (with the next closest being Entwistle at $523.70), and the highest utility cost per student at $606.06 (compared to Wabamun School, which is the next closest at $349.84). There are no capital needs anticipated at other schools that would be receiving Seba Beach School students. Custodial expenditures for Seba Beach School in the 2019-2020 school year are estimated to be $75,331. If Seba Beach School were closed and its students were moved into neighbouring schools, Parkland School Division’s Facilities Services has estimated that supplies at those schools would increase by $500 resulting in a net savings of $74,831. The Facility Condition Index (FCI) rating is a quantifiable number that directly relates to the general condition of the building. Generally speaking, the higher the number, the worse the general condition of the building. The average FCI rating of Parkland School Division schools is 16.18%. Seba Beach School has the highest FCI of all our West End schools with an FCI of 21.76%. The next closest school in the West End is Entwistle at 16.16%. Summary of Financial Implications It is expected that the Division's operating reserves will have a balance of $2,272,115 or 1.71% as of August 31,2020. Although the Division has budgeted for a reduction in operating expenses by $1,904,724 from the last year's actuals, there is still a significant shortfall in funding. The Division is preparing for another $3 million-dollar shortfall for the 2020-2021 budget based on provincial government’s declaration that education funding will remain flat moving forward.    The net savings of just over $1 million dollars from a closure of Seba Beach School would mean the Division needs to further reduce expenses by $2 million rather than $3 million.   The above mentioned fiscal realities also make it increasingly difficult for a Board to subsidize schools with operating reserves. What is the financial and educational impact of keeping Seba Beach School open? Seba Beach School has a long history in Parkland School Division of providing good educational programming to its community, and we expect that would continue. The low utilization rate of the building requires PSD to highly subsidize the school to continue to meet those needs. Keeping Seba Beach School open means funds continue to be reallocated from other schools to maintain service levels. In addition, funds would need to be allocated to address 5-year maintenance costs and deferred maintenance.   If Seba Beach School is closed, what happens with the school’s computer equipment, learning materials, etc? Instructional resources and equipment would be moved to schools receiving former Seba Beach School students.  Any surplus materials and equipment would be made available to other Parkland School Division schools.   What is the Board of Trustees long-range Capital Plan? All new school facilities are funded from the Province of Alberta through Alberta Education in consultation with the Department of Infrastructure. Each year, school jurisdictions submit facility needs for the next three years and await funding and approval from the province. Due to its current enrolment level, Seba Beach School is not being considered in Parkland School Division’s long-range capital plans. The Board’s long-range capital plan can be found here.    If Seba Beach School is closed, what is the proposed use of the building? Alberta Education’s Disposition of Property Regulation will guide our process and requires that all school boards consult with other boards and municipalities with respect to their needs when land and buildings become surplus.  If the school closes, PSD will meet with appropriate representatives regarding the future of the facility.   Although it would be the Division’s intention to find a new owner for the school building, until such time as ownership was transferred the Division would continue to incur costs for basic utilities, security, yard care and insurance.   When is the parent/public meeting? A public meeting will be held on February 4, 2020 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Seba Beach School. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the implications of closure of Seba Beach School.  We encourage you to attend. The Board of Trustees would like to hear from you.   How can I contact the Board of Trustees with my views? Written comment will be received until February 25, 2020.  Please direct your comments to:     TheBoard@psd70.ab.ca •    To book a delegation to present at the Regular Board Meeting on March 10, 2020, as per Board Policy 7, please provide five business days’ written notice of intent, and schedule your appointment with:     Keri Zylla     Executive Assistant     Parkland School Division      kzylla@psd70.ab.ca     Phone: 780-963-8469   https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22878&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22878&stream=Homepage News