March 15, 2017 - Board Meeting Highlights
The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders highlights from their recent meeting. The adopted minutes will be available online following the next regular Board meeting scheduled for 1pm April 12, 2017 in High River.
- The Board received a presentation on the Ecole Percy Pegler School Education Plan, with a focus on their vision framework for preofessional development and growth, from Principal Dinah VanDonzel and VP Christy Crowe.
- The Board approved the Foothills School Division Capital Plan for 2017.
- The Board acknowledged Dr. Morris Gibson school staff who have recently been awarded the National Inclusive Education Award from the Canadian Association for Community Living.
- The Board announced that first year teacher Mr. Drew Hoover was selected as Foothill School Division’s nominee for the Edwin Parr Award.
- The Board recommends to the Alberta School Boards Association a new Policy Position aimed at harmonizing school zone speed limits with municipal playgrounds.
Many municipalities in Alberta have different hours of operation between school zones and playground zones within the same community. This can, and does, cause confusion for drivers trying to determine what the speed limits are for a particular play area. School play areas operate just like community playgrounds and should be treated as such as there are children and families using these areas year round, not just on school days between the hours of 8:00 or 8:30 and 5:00. Some communities limit the speed in school zones only to days school is being held which excludes high play field use times in the summer when our schools are treated as playgrounds by the public.
This difference in speed limits is exacerbated further in that municipalities, even those in close proximity to each other, often treat school zones and play areas differently – some may have already harmonized them with their playgrounds while others have not. This can cause confusion amongst drivers and unduly endanger our students and youth accessing playgrounds in our communities.
By mandating a standard throughout the province, municipalities we will be generating consistency and understanding that will better serve both our municipal and school governments. We also believe it will increase the safety for children in all our communities.