Jan 14 - Board Meeting Highlights

Jan 14 - Board Meeting Highlights

1.  The school presentation from Oyen Pubic School was postponed, due to the school being closed as a result of inclement weather.

2.  Director of Maintenance Darrell Drefs presented the Building and Operations Accountability Report for information. Over the 2018-19 year, the Plant Operations and Maintenance budget came in $48,000 better than projected.  This was attributed to staff retirements and IMR projects being conducted in-house.  As a result, new lawn mowers were purchased.  The 2019-2020 POM budget is forecast to be similar to 2019-20 but will be significantly impacted by unforeseen insurance increases.  Upcoming maintenance priorities for the current year will focus on heating and classroom improvements.  IMR funding will be spent on the installation of AC at Parkside School and competing phase 2 of the Foremost School building exterior. An update was provided on the EBHS modernization that is scheduled to be completed by March 2020.

3.  Assistant Secretary Treasurer Candice Hintz presented the September to November Quarterly Financial Report for information.  Overall revenues are expected to be $33,000 higher than budgeted, while expenses are expected to be on target with fall projections.  The division is still forecasting an overall deficit for the 2019-2020 school year of $1.265 million.

4.  Superintendent Roger Clarke presented the annual Three-Year Education Plan and Annual Education Results Report.  The report highlighted new programming opportunities for Prairie Rose students, enrolment stability, excellent student results, and community consultations to plan for future success.  The two goals for the division continue to focus on Literacy and Deeper Learning. 

5.  The board approved the School Year Calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. Students will start school back on August 31st (prior to the Labour Day long weekend), but will end earlier in June on the 25th.  There will be a total of 183 instructional days and 196 operational days for the 2020-2021 school year.

6.  Other meeting notes:

  • The board approved amendments to all board policies for the removal of reference to School Act / School Act sections and the addition of reference to Education Act / Education Act sections.
  • The board approved the borrowing resolution with ATB Financial for the 2019-2020 year. The borrowing resolution allows the board to borrow a maximum of $750,000.  This resolution is a protection mechanism to cover unexpected expenditures and has not been accessed in previous years.
  • The board approved locally developed course Competencies in Math 15 for use this semester at South Central High School.  The course assists students with the transition from grade 9 to grade 10.