Regular Board Meeting Highlights - March 5, 2019
March 5, 2019 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting.
- The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending January 31, 2019. As of December 31st, 42.4% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 42.3% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $67 thousand dollars.
- The Board approved the proposed Fees and Allowances Schedule for 2019-2020. No fee increases were recommended for non-resident tuition fees or Nature Kindergarten. A fee increase is proposed for transportation for 2019-2020 school year as the division moves towards operating transportation with a balanced budget.
The proposed fee is significantly below the full cost recovery rate of approximately $800.00 for urban students and $1,170.00 for rural students. With the introduction of Bill 1, effective as of the 2017-2018 school year, the Division no longer has jurisdiction to charge a parent of a student fees with respect to instructional supplies and materieals or transportation for students resideing more than 2.4 kilometres from and who attend their designated school. According to the School Act and the School Transportation Regulation, the Board must provide their approved proposed Fee Schedule for the Minister's review. Any proposed increase that exceeds 5% of the fee set out in the board's currently reviewed fee schedule must be approved in writing by the Minister.
- The Board received as information the 2020-2021 School Calendar Survey. Parkland School Division continues to strive to provide students with quality education beginning with access to the appropriate number of instructional days. In addition, the academic calendar continues to support school-based professional learning opportunities for staff to focus on Division and school priorities. Each December, the Board of Trustees shall approve, in principle, the calendars for the subsequent year.
- The Board put forth Mr. Dylan Hebert from École Broxton Park School as Parkland School Division's nominee to the Alberta School Boards Association Zone 2/3 Edwin Parr Selection Committee. Schools were invited to identify a first-year teacher to serve as PSD's nomination and the Committee would also like to recognize Ms. Samantha Emes (Duffield School) and Ms. Ashley Stevens (École Broxton Park School) who were also finalists. The Alberta School Trustees' Association established the Edwin Parr Teacher Award to remember the long and meritorious service of past President Edwin Parr. This award recognizes outstanding first-year teachers in the province.
- The Board welcomed a delegation from Connections for Learning and the Stony Creek Program. They showcased powerful presentations they created demonstrating their understanding and hope for Meaningful Reconciliation. Students included Jacob Borstmayer (Grade 6), Liam Bates (Grade 7), Lindsey Johnson (Grade 7), Donna Olsen (Grade 7), Lisa Bates (Grade 8), Avery Mackay (Grade 8), Gianni Pagnotta (Grade 8), Olivia Reid (Grade 8), Parker Schriever (Grade 8), and Braeden Williams (Grade 8).
- The Board received as information the 2018-2019 Infrastructure Maintencance Renewal (IMR) Expenditure Report as presented by Director of Facilities, Serge LaBrie. The Infrastructure Maintenance Renewal (IMR) funding for the 2018-2019 was $2,964,386. There is a carry forward from the 2017-2018 program year of $414,635 resulting in a balance of $3,379,021. The 2018-2019 allotment is 11% less than the previous year’s IMR allotment which was $3,330,319. The net reduction from 2017-18 to 2018-19 is $365,933. Some examples of these are:
- Gym floors – 2 gym floors sanded and re-painted per year
- Roof systems - The division has been systematically replacing 3-4 major roof systems per year;
- Fire Alarm systems - The division has been systematically replacing one fire alarm system per year; and
- Boiler replacements - The division has started replacing antiquated boiler systems with new high efficiency boiler systems.