September 2019 Board Meeting Highlights

September 2019 Board Meeting Highlights

1. At the board’s annual Organizational Meeting, Stuart Angle went unopposed to remain chair of the Prairie Rose School Division board of trustees, while Cathy Hogg was acclaimed as the new vice-chair.  Other nominations included; Arnold Frank and Stuart Angle as Alberta School Boards Association zone reps, Pam Cursons and Lois Bedwell as Public School Board Association reps, and Stuart Angle as the boards representative for both provincial TEBA negotiating and the Alberta Rural Caucus Committee.
 

2. Deputy Superintendent Kal Koch presented the annual Human Resources Staffing Report for information.  Overall, Prairie Rose has a long-term and highly skilled workforce, and class sizes that meet the Alberta Commission on Learning recommendations. It was noted that this past year the division moved to employing more full-time support staff (EA’s).  An overview of the staffing allocations at each school site, and staff recruiting costs were also shared.
 

3. Communications and FOIP Coordinator Angela Baron provided the Communications and FOIP Accountability Report to the board as information.  Highlights of the report include an overview of social media use and metrics across the division, a summary of the various communication strategies used to engage stakeholders, updates on previously implemented communication software programs, a FOIP statistics overview and a list of future communications and FOIP strategies planned for the upcoming year.
 

4. Superintendent Roger Clarke informed the board that to date, the division has exceeded spring enrolment projections and is currently down 7.5 FTE from last year’s enrolment numbers.  It was noted that the programming added to the division (hockey, flight, equine, etc.) means some schools are seeing enrolment growth for the first in years.  While the official numbers won’t be known until September 30th, this would be the first time in almost a decade that the school division will not experience a decrease in enrolment.
 

5. The board of trustees approved an Eagle Butte High School fieldtrip request for a trip to Greece in April of 2020.
 

6. Other superintendent notes:

  • A funding framework review is being conducted by government with the findings of the review coming forward in January of 2020.  Prairie Rose has been asked to sit on the transportation funding review committee.
  • The Town of Redcliff has asked for a meeting with the Prairie Rose board of trustees.
  • A letter has been received from Special Areas indicating that Prairie Rose’s request for additional funding for New Brigden School for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 years will be brought forward to the Advisory Council for consideration this fall.
  • The fall Accountability Pillar results for Prairie Rose School Division were released. Overall, the division’s results are very strong with 14 of 16 measures ranking high or very high. 
  • The school division received a letter from the Minister denying the request for funding to replace the Schuler School playground following the construction of the new school.  The division argued that the new school project met the funding requirements at the time of the announcement but was overlooked.