Regular Board Meeting Summary - October 25, 2017

Regular Board Meeting Summary
Posted on 11/10/2017
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High Prairie, Alberta – The new Board of Trustees met for their first regular meeting on Wednesday, October 25th at the HPSD Learning Support Centre. Trustees began by removing the correspondence from their consent agenda.

Trustees discussed the upcoming PSBA Fall General Meeting happening next month. They reviewed the FGM documents including the executive reports, agenda, draft minutes from the 2016 AGM, and budget. They also reviewed the 2018 fee schedule and proposal for an associate membership.

The Board then reviewed a document from Big Lakes County regarding the Area Structure Plan which will provide direction to the County to manage growth in the hamlets of Joussard, Faust, and Grouard over the next 20 years. Superintendent Laura Poloz and Board Chair Tammy Henkel met with the agency facilitating the survey to provide information on the Division. It was noted that all dealings between High Prairie School Division and the Municipal Districts and Counties within the HPSD service region have been exceptional.

A discussion was then held regarding the ASBA FGM and the 2017 policies bulletin. This included discussion around the proposed policy positions on the funding framework review, wrap-around services, school zones/playground speed limits, high school redesign funding, and participation of telecommunication companies in the municipal planning process.

Trustees reviewed the transportation report which noted 37 fly-bys in September. The majority of the violations are happening in towns with 9 happening on school property in a designated bus pick-up/drop-off area.

Lastly, Trustees reviewed correspondence from STAR Catholic School Division. STAR Catholic sent a letter to all Board Chairs, the Minister and Deputy Minister of Education, and ATA Executive Secretary Gordon Thomas regarding TEBA interpretations. In the letter, STAR Catholic states a concern regarding the Joint Interpretation Bulletin No. 2-2017. The concern is that the bulletin was going beyond interpretive and was, in effect, introducing new language or clauses. A discussion was held on the correspondence and the interpretation of the new agreement. The Board then went into closed for the remainder of the meeting.

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