Regular Board Meeting Summary (12)

Regular Board Meeting Summary
Posted on 09/05/2019
Regular Board Meeting SummaryFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

High Prairie, Alberta – The HPSD Board of Trustees met for their regular board meeting on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

They began by approving the consent items after bringing correspondence items into the regular meeting. They then moved into the regular meeting with discussion on correspondence to Trustees. Trustees also discussed their meeting with the Advanced Education Minister and the board’s priority of ensuring seats are available for rural students. Many post-secondary institutions have course prerequisites, especially for health programs. Rural schools do not always have 30 level science courses offered in both semesters and those students are often wait-listed or unable to enroll in their post-secondary program until the following year.

Trustees then reviewed the Public School Boards’ Association (PSBA) Fall General Meeting and their attendance.

The Board reviewed Policy 13 - Hearings on Teacher Transfers. The Policy was discussed with respect to process. Trustees decided that as all Board policies are being reviewed this school year, they would not move to make changes to this policy until that time.

The next item on the agenda was regarding Red Tape Reduction Recommendations. Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools has sent a letter to the Associate Minister outlining their recommendations. Trustees opted to review the list and submit a similar letter to the Associate Minister on the concerns specific to HPSD.

Trustees then received delegations from the Safety Officer, Communication Officer, and the summer students. Safety Officer Shawn Oliver provided an overview of the safety record for the previous year as well as plans to address areas of note in the upcoming year. Communication Officer Kyle Nichols presented a review of communications within the division as well as plans for the upcoming school. The HPSD summer students presented on their time at HPSD and the work they undertook while working with our schools as Communications Assistants and providing general supports to the division.

The Board then reviewed an action item for the use of Kinuso School by the High Prairie and District Children’s Resource Council to share a space with the Kinuso School in the 2020 school year. They passed a motion to accept the action item.

Trustees discussed the capital budget but tabled any decisions until the government budget arrives later this fall.

The Board received the Finance Report and then moved into closed for the remainder of the meeting.

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