Board Highlights - March 27
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: Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) for Bus Drivers
Director of Transportation, Wanda LeRoux, provided an overview of the new Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) for Bus Drivers. As one of the first school divisions to be MELT certified, Foothills School Division has already implemented this training for its bus drivers.
Presentation: Longview School Education Plan
Rhonda Bymak, Acting Principal of Longview School started her presentation to the Board by reciting the school land acknowledgement created by the students. Ms Bymak continued by exploring the school culture and bridging relationships between Longview and Eden Valley.
Ms Bymak addressed two school goals:
- All students at Longview School will demonstrate a high level of learning and achievement through a continued focus on literacy and numeracy.
- Longview School will continue to develop a safe, caring and welcoming learning environment for all.
Policy 3 – Role of the Trustee (final reading)
The Board accept the final reading of Policy 3 – Role of the Trustee as presented.
Board Meeting Dates
The Board of Trustees accepted the Board Meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year as presented. The Board also accepted a date change of the Board Meeting scheduled for May 29, 2019 to June 5, 2019 and the meeting scheduled for June 12, 2019 to June 19, 2019.
Request by Uncle Bob’s Self Storage
The Board of Trustees supports the request by Uncle Bob’s Self Storage proposing a relaxation request to 17’ (5.18m) with the following provisions:
- That this support in no way limits future Foothills School Division developments on its property, either by Uncle Bob’s Self Storage or any other party;
- The proposed development shall respect the existing drainage patterns of the Foothills School Division parcel and farmland to the north.
Assistant Superintendent Caroline Roberts presented the findings of a review conducted on the DARE Program. The focus of the Board’s decision was around how the program supports and enhances student learning in Foothills School Division.
The Board has discontinued its Divisional support of the DARE Program as a supplement to the health curriculum, as of September 1, 2019. Individual school may choose to access DARE as a school-based resource. The Board has allocated the funding previously set aside for the DARE Program ($19,072) to schools with Grade 5 students to purchase resources necessary to meet health curriculum outcomes.
Summer Games Request
The Board supports the Town of Okotoks in their bid to host the 2022 Alberta Summer Games.
Resignation Letter of Superintendent of Schools
Acting Superintendent Pamela Rannelli tendered her letter of resignation to the Board effective August 31, 2019.
The Capital and Support Projects as of March 27, 2019 were reviewed.
- Meadow Ridge School
- Wedderburn Community
- Wind Walk Community
- Cameron Crossing School
- Okotoks Municipal Development Plan
- Black Diamond & Turner Valley Transit Planning and Implementation Strategy
- Longview Cultural Wellness Space, Longview School
- Blackie School Modernization
- Foothills Christian Academy
- Joint Use and Planning Agreements
- Capital Planning – Alberta Education
Changes to the following Administrative Procedures were reviewed by the Board:
Public Announcements / Recognition / Division Highlights
- Colby Suitor, a Grade 1 student at Blackie school had his wish granted when the Make-A-Wish Foundation made him a “Calgary Flame for a Day” – way to go Colby!
- Congratulations to Senator Riley teacher, Katelyn Jardine who had an article published in EdCan Network.
- Kudos to Senator Riley School student, Mike Schultz, on being nominated for Volunteer of the Year in High River.
- Friends of Quest Program fundraiser is on Saturday March 30, 2019.
- Ecole Percy Pegler School Council attended a Technology Workshop on March 19, 2019. The focus was on informing and discussing with parents how technology is being infused across the grade groupings and across the curriculum to enhance and extend student learning and to promote digital citizenship and responsibility. Many examples of diverse learning experiences students are currently engaged with day to day in their studies were shared and discussed. The range of learning exemplars presented include: developing critical thinking and problem solving in Mathematics; creating iMovies to design and present their research on regions of Canada; and cross-grade and cross-division Outdoor Education projects including using an outdoor nighttime camera to track the activity of nocturnal animals in the location – this work is documented on https://www.instagram.com/fsdnaturebasedlearning
- Ecole Secondaire Highwood High School conducted a French Speaking Contest on March 26, 2019.