Board Meeting Highlights - March 7, 2017

The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting.


  • The Board approved the 2017-18 School Calendar and approved in principle the 2018-19 and 2019-20 School Calendars. The calendars were delivered by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnston following an extensive engagement process to gather feedback on the proposed calendars. Those Division School Calendars are posted online. Parkland School Division strives to provide students with quality education beginning with access to the appropriate number of instructional days. In addition, the calendars also continue to support school-based professional learning opportunities for staff to focus on Division and school priorities.
  • The Board received as information the Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal Expenditure Plan as delivered by Director of Facilities, Serge LaBrie. The Infrastructure Maintenance Renewal (IMR) funding for the 2016-2017 year is $2,903,970, 64.3% more than last year’s IMR allotment. IMR funding is designated to cover the replacement or modernization of operating elements in schools. 
  • The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending January 31, 2017. The year-to-date surplus is $581 thousand dollars.Total revenues are at 42.4% of the final budget of $127,538,751.  Total expenses are at 41.9% of the final budget of $127,581,618.  The target percentage for this period was 41.7%.
  • The Board approved the Three Year Captial Plan 2015 - 2018 with the following priorities:
    • 2018-2019 – Year One
      • Priority One: Complete preservation and modernization of Woodhaven School in Spruce Grove at a cost of $7.05 million dollars
      • Priority Two: New K-9 (900 Capacity) replacement school for Stony Plain Central School in Stony Plain at a cost of $25.2 million dollars
    • 2019-2020 – Year Two
      • Priority One: Modernization of Spruce Grove Composite High School at a cost of $17 million dollars
    • 2020-2021 – Year Three
      • Priority One: New High School at a cost of $51.8 million dollars to be located in the Parkland School Division.
  • ​The Board approved the formation of a School Naming Committee following Board Policy 2 and Administrative Procedure 540 - Facilities Development Naming of Schools for the purpose of naming the new Kindergarten to Grade 9 School to be built in Spruce Grove's west end. The committee will consist of Trustee Dorcas Kilduff, Trustee, Sally Kucher-Johnson and Trustee Kathleen Linder.
  • The Board received as information the Fees Report as presented by Director of Business & Finance Mr. Jason Krefting. The report included a summary of Fee Revenues broken down into categories including:
    • ​Instructional Material Fees (IMF)
    • School Fees
    • Course Material Fees (CMF)
    • School Generated Funds (SGF)
  • The Board put forth Ms. Heather Johnson from Prescott Learning Centre as Parkland School Division's nominee to the Alberta School Boards Association Zone 2/3 Edwin Parr Selection Committee. Schools were invited to identify a first-year teacher to serve as PSD's nomination and the Committee would also like to recognize Ms. Jodi Bazak (High Park School), Ms. Jenaya Whalen (Duffield School), Ms. Kelsey Kiers (Duffield School) and Mr. Cory Brown (Muir Lake School) who were also finalists. The Alberta School Trustees' Association established the Edwin Parr Teacher Award to remember the long and meritorious service of past President Edwin Parr. This award recognizes outstanding first-year teachers in the province.

Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 9:30am, Centre for Education in Stony Plain (4603-48 Street)