Regular Board Meeting Summary - April 19, 2017

Regular Board Meeting Summary
Posted on 05/08/2017
Regular Board Meeting SummaryFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

High Prairie, Alberta – The HPSD Board of Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 19th at the Learning Support Centre. Trustees began the meeting by acknowledging that their meeting was taking place on the traditional land of the Aboriginal People from Treaty 8.

The Trustees moved to table discussion on Board Policy 11 until the regular meeting in May. Changes to Board Policies 12 and 13 were reviewed with discussions around appeal time-frames, terms of reference, and hearings on teacher transfers.

The PSBA Spring General Assembly was discussed as well as which Trustees are going to be attending. HPSD Career Coaches will be presenting the work they are doing with our students. The PSBA Executive Committee Goal was reviewed with a discussion on public dollars funding private and charter school divisions.

ASBA budgets and bylaws were reviewed.

Board Policies 8, 9, and 10 received third and final reading and are now posted to the HPSD website.

Information on the upcoming municipal elections was reviewed for all wards.

The operational calendar was approved for the 2017-18 school year.

A request from AHS to rent space at CJS to run the Early Childhood Intervention Program was tabled until next month.

The 2017 Three-Year Capital Plan was approved with changes to the number one priority regarding the modernization of E.W. Pratt High School. With the announcement of the new NLC campus in High Prairie, the change is to request a new high school attached to the newly announced NLC campus. The vision is to have the new campus and high school located where High Prairie Elementary School is currently situated. The elementary school would move into the current Prairie River School as a kindergarten to Grade 3 school and the Grade 4 to 9 students would move into the existing high school facility. This would better utilize the educational spaces of those facilities; the elementary school would be demolished and the remaining portables would be returned to the Government of Alberta for re-purposing.

Trustees approved the hiring of an Assistant Superintendent of Learning for the 2017-18 school year.

Trustees voted to support the High Prairie Traditional Pow-wow by sponsoring them in the amount of $1,000. The event is open to all people and has student and school participation.

The Board voted to sponsor the Peace Regional Science Fair in the amount of $3,600. High Prairie School Division has 2 students who have earned the opportunity to attend the annual event. The students from Prairie River Junior High School will be the first to go since a student from GPV in 2013.

Trustees accepted the Superintendent’s Report, Finance Report, Transportation Report, and the Trustee’s Report.

Before moving into closed, the Board reviewed a proposed change to the current process that agenda items would be reviewed known as a consent agenda. Consent agendas are a bundle of items that are voted on, without discussion, as a package. They differentiate between routine matters that do not need explanation and more complex issues that require further examination. Any item that is placed as part of the consent agenda can be pulled for additional discussion at the discretion of the Trustees.

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