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Under the Northern Lights - August 29, 2022 - Regular Board Meeting

Good News Items

  • Trustees Debra Lozinski and Lois Phillips congratulated Aurora Middle School on the Grade 4 medieval dinner held at the end of the last school year. The trustees said the event was wonderful and student engagement was high.

  • Board Chair Karen Packard thanked all of the new teachers who joined the Board for lunch. The teachers were participating in a day of orientation and professional development with the division's learning consultants.

Meeting Dates

The Board set dates for several events during the 2022-2023 school year.

It plans to meet regionally with school councils on Jan. 18 (Bonnyville and area), Feb. 8 (Cold Lake area), and Feb. 22 (Lac La Biche and area). Further details will be shared with school councils later in the year.

The Board will also be touring schools in the Bonnyville and Cold Lake areas in September and October. 


Alberta Education Funding

Secretary-Treasurer Paula Elock provided the Board with an update on announcements that were made by Alberta Education to provide a fuel subsidy for bus contractors, and to fund the settlement that was agreed to with the Alberta Teachers' Association during provincial bargaining.

Elock explained that while the division has been notified that support is coming, there is no information about how it is being calculated or when it will be distributed to school divisions. 


BCHS Grand Opening

Superintendent Rick Cusson updated the Board on plans for the Grand Opening of BCHS on September 29. Education Minister Adrianna Lagrange will be in attendance and has provided the Board with an opportunity to meet with her following the event.


Cold Lake Junior High Celebration

Superintendent Rick Cusson extended an invitation for trustees to visit Cold Lake Junior High on September 14 to celebrate the renaming of the school and the change in configuration. 


Curriculum Implementation Update

Terry Moghrabi, Associate Superintendent, provided the Board with information on the implementation of the new Kindergarten to Grade 6 curriculum.

Professional development sessions were available for staff over the summer and will continue throughout the new school year. On September 1, staff will be participating in professional development focused on numeracy and the new Mathematics curriculum.

The division will be receiving $126,000 from Alberta Education to assist with purchasing resources to support the new curriculum, as well as $67,000 for professional development and collaboration to assist with implementation. The majority of the funding for resources has been shared with schools to purchase resources.