Good News Items
- Vice-Chair Michael Topylki thanked Bonnyville Centralized High School for the opportunity to take part in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative. He was impressed by the quality of the presentations as well as the students' support for local charities.
- Trustee Karen Packard commended the parents who are serving on the Cold Lake Configuration Committee. She said it was wonderful to see them so engaged at the most recent meeting and she is looking forward to the consultation process with the community.
Board Chair Arlene Hrynyk reported on a recent Alberta School Boards' Insurance Exchange meeting that she recently attended, along with Secretary-Treasurer Paula Elock and Superintendent Rick Cusson. The meeting was to provide boards who are members of ASBIE with options for moving forward after insurance premiums increased 274% this year.
Hyrnyk noted that 36 of the 54 members of ASBIE have served notice to leave the insurance exchange, but they could opt to stay if the ASBIE board finds a way to address the insurance increase.
The Board passed a motion to nominate Bonnyville Nouvelle reporter Robynne Henry for a Special Contribution to Public Education: Media award from the Public School Boards' Association of Alberta. Board Chair Arlene Hrynyk noted Henry does a phenomenal job of providing a fair and balanced approach to her stories, is very active in local schools, and highlights important social issues in her writing.
Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement Meeting
Board representatives will be meeting with the Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement council in March to discuss plans for constructing a school on the settlement. The school is currently the third priority in the Board's capital plan, behind a replacement school for Vera M. Welsh Elementary School in Lac La Biche, and a modernization at Ecole Plamondon School.
Cold Lake Configuration Committee
Secretary-Treasurer Paula Elock brought the Board an update on the recent Cold Lake Configuration Committee held on February 4. The committee, which is made up of parent and administrators from each Cold Lake school, reviewed enrollment projections, transportation boundaries, grade configurations and facility considerations. They then split into groups to look at each school in depth and identify possible scenarios to address capacity issues at some schools.
The committee will refine the options that were identified at its next meeting as well as discuss ways to consult and gather input from the community on those options.
Trustee Budget Ad Hoc Committee
The Board appointed an ad hoc committee to review the trustee budget in preparation for the development of the division's 2020-2021 budget.