Board Highlights August, 2019
Board sets By-Election date for Ward 4
The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of the Ward 4 trustee (Peace River, Rural Peace River, Grimshaw and Shaftesbury) area effective January 31, 2019. Nomination day has been set for October 4, 2019 with the by-election to take place on November 15, 2019. Nomination day will be posted on our website or at Central Operations, 4702-51 Street, Grimshaw. Watch for more information on the up-coming by-election on our website. View Media Release HERE.
Board sets meeting dates for regular board meetings in 2019-2020
The Board of Trustees confirmed the dates for the regular Board meetings for 2019-2020, please see the updated scheduled Board meeting dates HERE.
Town of Grimshaw and District Chamber of Commerce welcomes Central Operations Staff to Grimshaw
Representatives from the Town of Grimshaw and District Chamber of Commerce welcomed Peace River School Division (PRSD) Central Operations staff to their new location in Grimshaw. “We feel Central Operations is a great fit for the town of Grimshaw” says Bob Regal, Mayor of Grimshaw. Over 60 PRSD Central Operations staff were on hand for the thoughtful presentation. “Central Operations is a beautiful building, and we are very excited to have you here with us” says Dave Allan, Chair of Grimshaw District Chamber of Commerce and Lac Cardinal Regional Economic Development Board Chair. Staff from Central Operations were presented with a gift containing several gift certificates from various town businesses. “As an employee who does not reside in Grimshaw, I was grateful for the warm welcome to the town” says Laurie Michaud, Administrative Assistant to Human Resources. Also on hand for the presentation were Brian Allen, CAO of Grimshaw and Dan Dibbelt, Economic Development Officer Lac Cardinal County.
Board sets plans for meetings with students on PRSD’s Student Engagement Committees
Trustees discussed plans to meet with PRSD’s Student Engagement Committees during the 2019-2020 school year and voted to hold one meeting with both the Engagement Committees. The Student Engagement Committees consist of students from PRSD schools who meet with the board of trustees to discuss educational topics. “This provides students with the opportunity to speak directly with the board, it empowers them to be a part of their educational experience and represent their school communities” says Kuester. “We are excited and eager to meet, share, listen and brainstorm with our students.” The Upper Elementary/Junior High Student Engagement meeting will be on April 2, 2020 and the Senior High meeting will take place on April 15, 2020.
Boards Area of Emphasis
During the January 2019 Board Self Evaluation, the Board of Trustees developed the following priorities for the Board for the next year. They will develop a better communication process amongst Board members and with the Superintendent, along with developing improved decision-making processes. The Board will continue to update the Board Development Plan on an annual basis. They will further explore additional outreaches to the Mennonite/Home Education student community. The Board will approve balanced budgets for Plant Operations and Maintenance (PO & M), Transportation, Administration and Board Governance, with the intent to move toward a balanced budget for the Division. The Board was pleased to note that some progress has been achieved in all areas.
Board waives trustee salary increases for the 2018-2019 school year
The board of trustees voted to waive salary increases for board members for the 2019-2020 school year. The board is required under Policy 7 (12.2.6) to review the Alberta Consumer Price Index at the August board meeting each year and either approve or waive salary increases equal to the Alberta Consumer Price Index data reported in July of the current year.
Board looks forward to annual staff kick-off
The board reviewed plans for the 2019-2020 annual staff kick-off event that will bring approximately 370 staff for a day of learning and planning in preparation for the new school year. The board of trustees will attend some parts of the event and Board Chair Darren Kuester will bring greetings on behalf of the board of trustees. Information regarding the kick-off can be found HERE.