Regular Board Meeting Summary - January 2021

Regular Board Meeting Summary
Posted on 02/05/2021
Regular Board Meeting Summary - January 2021

The Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, January 20, for their regularly scheduled board meeting. They approved the consent agenda, additions to the regular agenda, and then moved into the agenda items.


Trustees discussed their regular reports and whether they will move to the consent agenda instead of the regular agenda. 


The next agenda discussion was regarding school bus fly-bys. Administration presented a series of maps showing the locations of school bus fly-bys that have occurred since September 2019. Clusters of fly-bys are being carefully reviewed to determine if there is anything that the division can do to eliminate these risks.


The Public School Boards' Association awards nomination was then reviewed. Trustee Karin Scholl is eligible for a long service award at the upcoming Fall event for her 16 years of service as a school division trustee.


Trustees then discussed a recent letter sent to MLA Pat Rehn requesting acknowledgment of a letter sent October 23. The letter requesting acknowledgment was sent prior to MLA Pat Rehn's expulsion from the United Conservative Party.


Changes to the Alberta School Boards Association awards were then discussed.


The Board reviewed a draft proposal to Alberta Health Services regarding the provision of additional mental health supports to students. The Board's Advocacy Committee had a proposal prepared for the Minister of Education and the Minister of Health that outlines the objective of the proposal. The proposal is for Alberta Health Services to provide psychiatric services to students whose level of need exceeds the services offered by the HPSD student services team.


Supervisor of Inclusion Brennan McDonald provided a presentation to the Board of Trustees on the work performed by division Learning Support Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, and Behaviour Management Consultants. 


The Board received and approved the Finance Report. 


Trustees discussed the letter received from the Assistant Deputy Minister of Environment and Parks regarding their Board's letter of support for the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation facility in Slave Lake. The letter stated that "Earlier this fall, Environment and Parks successfully reached an agreement with the society to provide funding for the provision of online education programming this winter. Additionally, as of December 4, 2020, Environment and Parks has committed to identifying funding, and assessing staff and maintenance options that would see the centre opening for the winter season by early 2021. Additional operational decisions will be required, in light of current COVID-19 restrictions".


The meeting then moved into closed.

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