Board Highlights - September 18
The Board acknowledges the traditional territories of the peoples of Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta and the Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3.
Presentation: Summer School
Ms Stacey Burrows presented the Foothills School Division Summer School 2019 report to the Board. Summer School ran from July 2 – 30, 2019 and was held at Ecole Secondaire Foothills Composite High School/Alberta High School of Fine Arts.
There were 196 classroom-based learners and 39 online learners enrolled in a variety of courses including Math 10C Prep and CALM 20 and for the online learners; Physics 20/30; Social Studies 10/20/30; English 20/30; Biology 20/30; Chemistry 20/30, etc. The success rate for both online and classroom learners was 98% of students passed their course(s) and is to be commended.
Presentation: Student Learning (7-12)
Doug Stevens, Director of Student Learning (7-12), presented. He covered the following goals: Goal 1: Success for all Learners; and Goal 2: Support All Learners. Mr Stevens also addressed professional learning; related technology initiatives; partnerships and accountability & assurance.
As a result of the requirement made by Albert Education, the Board of Trustees appointed Anthony Hampshire as a member of the Audit Committee representing the adult learning community. The Board also accepted changes to the Audit Committee Terms of Reference necessary for to reflect changes to the Education Act.
The Financial Update for June and July 2019 was presented to the Board. It was noted that:
- Alberta Education revenue includes budgeted IMR of $1.4 and $700,000 for capital.
- There was an additional $70,000 received in the year from the Spitzee School modular that was not budgeted for.
- Certificated benefits shown are low because many teachers are maxed out on CPP and EI at the beginning of the years but are now paying it again.
- Approximately $100,000 of the additional summer projects were done in July.
The Capital & Supportive Projects Planning Update was presented to the Board addressing the following.
School Board Innovation & Excellence Award
Trustee Letendre provided a synopsis of the criteria requirements for this award for which CPIP will be nominated.
Superintendent Fuzessy confirmed that Alberta Education is awarding the Nutrition Grant funding similar to the previous year.
Millarville School – Grade Configuration
Board Chair Larry Albrecht indicated that attendance has been good with excellent conversation at the first public meetings and encourages the community to attend the final in-person consultation on September 24, 2019 at Oilfields High School or participate online.
Public Announcements / Recognition / Division Highlights
- Parents and the communities of Turner Valley and Dr Morris Gibson Schools were commended for their effort in ensuring new playgrounds were installed in their schools.
- Heritage Heights School “Smarts” program will launch on November 22nd in collaboration with the CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association). Students will identify top mental health issues and then co-develop solutions to address them.
- Thank you and congratulations to all parent volunteers involved in school councils.
- Congratulations were extended to those involved in the planning, building and opening of Meadow Ridge School.
- Excitement is rising around the CPIP program for 2019-20 and applications are now open.