Board Highlights - March 13, 2018

Board Highlights - March 13, 2018

  1. Schuler School Principal Jason Duchscherer along with several Schuler students presented on a number of key learning strategies and projects that have been implemented over the past year.  Highlights of the presentation included reading resource upgrades and the reintroduction of classroom libraries, use of the division Learning Coaches to explore virtual reality and create a more balanced literacy program, weekly scheduled staff time for emphasis on CRM, and a school-wide classroom grade reconfiguration.  Students also spoke about the different opportunities offered at the school including drama productions, sports and Olympic celebrations, CTF, and field trips.
     
  2. Assistant Superintendent Reagan Weeks presented the Intern Diploma Exam Report to the board for information.  Overall Prairie Rose students scored exceptionally well, exceeding the provincial standard of excellence in Math 30-1 and Math 30-2, exceeding both the standard of excellence and the provincial average in English 30-1, English 30-2, Social Studies 30-1 and Social Studies 30-2, and exceeding the provincial average of excellence in English 30-1 by 23.7%.
     
  3. Assistant Superintendent Reagan Weeks and Director of Technology Wayne Rossler presented the Technology Accountability Report to the board for information.  Highlights of the report include a review of computer and Chrome Book student ratios, purchasing changes to reduce evergreening spending, the use of Google Suite and introduction of cloud-based learning, network switch upgrades, wireless upgrades and a bandwidth review.
     
  4. The board of trustees approved the 2019-2022 Capital Plan.  The plan outlines the top five projects the board deems as priorities for modernization, addition or replacement.  In order of priority, a complete modernization of Burdett School (plus an addition for CTF programming), the construction of a new middle school in Redcliff, a complete modernization of Parkside School (RMAP School will move into Parkside once a new middle school is built), a value management analysis of South Central High School and a value management of Foremost School.  Boards must complete an updated Capital Plan annually and submit it to Alberta Education for review and project consideration.
     
  5. The board approved two new division three-year goals, commencing the 2018-19 school year.  The goals were developed and approved following a comprehensive two-part consultation process involving parents, staff, school leaders and students.
    • Literacy:  All Prairie Rose Students will demonstrate growth in their ability to use literacy strategies to extract information and apply and share ​their learning in a variety of contexts.
    • Deeper Learning:  Prairie Rose Students will demonstrate; mastery of academic content, and growth in their ability to think critically to solve complex problems​.
       
  6. The board approved the reconfiguration of New Brigden School from a grade 1-4 to a grade 1-5.  There are no anticipated costs to the school division of accommodating the addition of grade 5 to the school.  The school currently has two students who will move into grade 5 in the 2018-19 school year.
     
  7. The board approved the sale of teacherage unit F14 in Foremost.  The unit has been vacant for the past year and will be listed through a real estate agent.
  8. Other Business:
    • The board approved two ASBA (Alberta School Board Association) directives.  One directive pertains to a review of membership costs per board and the other encourages the ASBA to explore the use of technology for professional development.
    • The board approved supporting membership fees for the Alberta Rural Caucus.