Board Meeting Highlights - January 9, 2018

January 9, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting.


  • The Board welcomed as a delegation Parkland School Division students and graduates who recently hosted/attended the Youth Change Summit, December 1, 2017 in Spruce Grove. This work is directly tied to the work of Parkland School Division's Wellness Coordinator, Felicia Ochs and is a continuation of the work started with the Tri-Region Community Change Summit from November 2016. Presenters included Memorial Composite High School Grade 12 student Drew Sikorski as well as graduates Kyle Schmitke (Grad '13), Neil Schmitke (Grad '12) and Brendan Willey (Grad '15).
  • The Board approved the unaudited financial report for the period ending November 30, 2017. As of November 30th, 24.4% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 24.8% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $671,679.
  • The Board approved an overall change of 0% in premiums for the Sun Life insurance plan. A breakdown of the year-to-year changes can be found here
  • The Board established a submission deadline of February 12, 2018 for schools who wish to nominate a first-year teacher for the Alberta School Boards' Association's Edwin Parr Award.  A committee consisting of Trustees Ron Heinrichs, Sally Kucher-Johnson and Anne Montgomery will determine Parkland School Division's submission for the prestigious award. 
  • The Board received as information the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program Report as presented by Deputy Superintendent Shauna Boyce, Memorial Composite High School Principal Carolyn Jensen and Constable Gord Marshall. The purpose of the SRO is not punitive, but rather to provide a direct connection between the community, the schools and the police. The SRO can help students to make positive choices through law education and law counseling. This program has been a very positive addition to the high schools for the past six years.
  • The Board also approved two changes to Board Policy 7 (Articles 9.1 and 9.5). For Article 9.1, by putting forward a Notice of Motion prior to the motion being read out, debated, and voted on at a subsequent meeting, it gives Trustees and stakeholders a chance to reflect on the proposed action and consider the implications prior to debate and decision. For Article 9.5, the change is designed to offer maximum transparency to our stakeholder community, our public deserves to know how each Trustee votes on matters related to the operation of Parkland School Division.

Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education