PRSD board of trustees defeat recommendation to centralize services in Grimshaw

PRSD board of trustees defeat recommendation to centralize services in Grimshaw

For immediate release

April 19, 2017 – During the regular board meeting held yesterday, the board of trustees defeated a recommendation to centralize Peace River School Division’s (PRSD) Central Office and Support Service offices at the current Grimshaw Jr. Sr. High School site by a vote of 4-2.

Prior to the official vote, trustees heard from Chris Parker, Town of Peace River CAO, Paul Bennett, PRSD Superintendent of Schools and John Pryzbylski, PRSD’s Director of Support Services who provided a presentation regarding a possible partnership opportunity in the Town of Peace River.

The board also heard and reviewed information regarding the real estate value of PRSD’s Support Services shop in Fairview,  financial contingencies, and assurance that the needs of the west side of the division would be met should PRSD decide to centralize in Grimshaw. The board also heard a delegation from a Peace River community member.

Superintendent Bennett provided a presentation that outlined benefits of centralization and a recommendation to the board in favour of centralization for their consideration. Following the presentation of information, trustees engaged in conversation regarding centralization.

Pros and cons of centralization expressed by PRSD trustees during the meeting included; the financial risk involved in using capital reserves and relying on dollars from unsold properties during a low market to fund renovations to GHS; the age of the GHS building; the cost saving benefits PRSD would experience having one central location; improved physical working conditions for staff; and the professional and organizational efficiencies having operations under one roof.

“The board is continually committed to make decisions that are in the best interests of all students with the resources we have available” says Board Chair Darren Kuester.  “On behalf of the board, thanks to staff for providing information and input, and all divisional stakeholders for their input on this important matter.”