Board Highlights - January 16
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: Blackie School – Education Plan
Principal Fred Woods and Vice Principal Deb Sorensen presented. Their introduction established their ‘how’ and ‘why’ and reviewed the current education plan. They went on to look through the lens of their CPIP action research, their School Council engagement, their teacher professional development, their Learning Coach, and concluded with reviewing their ‘why’.
Presentation: French Immersion
Lesley Lockhart-Doell provided a report on French Services in the division. The report encompassed a celebration of students and teachers’ areas of growth; professional learning opportunities and the impact on instruction and student learning; PAT results – strengths and improvements and areas for growth.
Meadow Ridge School – Request for School Code
The Board passed a motion to request that Alberta Education provide Foothills School Division with a school code for Meadow Ridge School opening September 2019.
Policy 3 – Role of the Trustee (First Reading)
The Board reviewed and accepted Policy 3 – Role of the Trustee for first reading.
Millarville School - Reconfiguration
In May 2018, Millarville Community School submitted a request to the Board of Trustees to consider grade reconfiguration at Millarville Community School from K-8 to a K-9 configuration. In early May 2018, School Council initiated a survey of parents in the Millarville community. A total of 102 response were received from a community of approximately 120 families. 96% of families expressed their desire to keep their child at MCS for grade 9, their primary reasons cited were: keeping their child in a consistent environment during the junior high years (grade 7-9) and making a more natural transition to high school. This request resulted in a report that was prepared by administration as per Policy 15. Board members studied and discussed the information provided in this report.
The Board passed a “Notice of Motion” to change the grade configuration at Millarville School to K-9 from the current K-8 structure. The board will follow its Policy 15 – School Closure / Reconfiguration and convene a public consultation process that will conclude with a final decision being made at the first regular board meeting in November 2019.
Board Committee Changes
That the changes to the Board Committee List discussed be approved by the Board for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year.
Capital Planning Update
A report was received on the capital and supportive projects. An update was provided on Meadow Ridge School; shared site planning for schools in the D’Arcy area in Okotoks; joint use and planning agreements; Foothills Christian Academy; Black Diamond and Turner Valley transit planning; and Blackie School modernization.
The Financial Report dated November 30, 2018 was presented to the Board noting that some grants are received in blocks not proportionately over the year. Investment income is high as one of our GICs matures September 1, 2019 and interest was recognized in one month.
Chair Albrecht provided an update on the search for a Superintendent. A new Superintendent has been selected and has accepted the offer of employment. The Minister of Education will make the announcement in the near future, once all approvals have been met as per the legislation.
Attendance Area Review Community Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2019. Trustees will attend as observers.
Public Announcements / Recognition / Division Highlights
- Kudos to Heritage Heights School for collecting the second largest donation of physical goods (items such as toys, games, baby wipes, etc.) for the Ronald McDonald House!
- Congratulations to EFCHS/AHSFA Grade 12 student Brogan Moir who announced last week that she will play rugby for the Harvard University Crimson in the fall.
- As a result of the Kids Only Shoppe at the Millarville Christmas Market, Oilfields, Millarville, Turner Valley and Red Deer Lake Schools were the recipients of an amazing amount of donations for their hot lunch programs. Thank you for your support.