Regular Board Meeting Summary (8)

Regular Board Meeting Summary
Posted on 02/25/2019
Regular Board Meeting SummaryFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

High Prairie, Alberta – The Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 for their regularly scheduled meeting. They began by swearing in Steven Adams as the new trustee for Ward 4.

Trustees accepted the consent agenda and began with a discussion on attendance at the upcoming Rural Caucus of Alberta School Boards Meeting in March 2019. They also discussed attendance at the National Rural Congress March 31-April 2, 2019.

A discussion took place on changes to the Local Authorities Election Act as it relates to the potential by-election in Ward 2. Board Chair Tammy Henkel submitted her letter of resignation at the December board meeting for the spring of 2019. Changes to the act include that once the by-election is called, nomination papers must be available for candidates. HPSD contacted both the Town of High Prairie and Big Lakes County to ask if they would run the by-election and both declined.

Trustees gave approval in full to Georges P. Vanier’s trip to Germany. The Board also gave approval in full for the E.W. Pratt trip to England and Scotland.

The Board reviewed a request for donation from the High Prairie Annual Traditional Pow Wow. The Board approved a donation in the amount of $2,000. The Board also reviewed a request from the Coyote Acres 4-H Club for their Valentine Day raffle and defeated the request for donation. The Board has recommended that administration follow up with the 4-H request with our guidelines around sponsorship as well as a former request for how many HPSD students participate in 4-H.

Trustees reviewed a request for donation from the Peace Regional Science Fair. The Board approved a donation of $3,000 towards the annual event. In the past, HPSD has had students attend both the regional and national science fair. The upcoming regional science fair is on March 15-16 in Peace River.

The Board reviewed an invoice from the Alberta Rural Caucus. HPSD is one of 35 school boards that are members of the Alberta Rural Caucus and the invoice is a cost recovery equivalent to 1/35th of the caucus’s operational cost. Trustees approved payment of the invoice.

A capital request for office space renovations was approved to provide a communication center, meeting room, and modified storage space in the Transportation Department.

The Board received a delegation from Alexandra Brochu on behalf of the École Routhier School and Georges P. Vanier School Joint School Council regarding school bus safety.

The Board additionally received a delegation from Divisional Psychologist Colin Collett. Mr. Collett presented on the status of the School Nutrition Project including renovations at High Prairie Elementary School. He also reviewed the results from the ourSCHOOL survey of HPSD students. The Board made a recommendation based on the discussions for administration to work with Roland Michener Secondary School to explore ways to reopen the RMS cafeteria.

The Board then reviewed the information presented by their delegation on bus safety. They have decided to wait for the results from an independent analysis on the division’s current process of highway pickups before making any recommendations.

Trustees received the finance report from Assistant Secretary Treasurer Jody Frowley and then moved the meeting into closed.

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