Good News Items
- Trustee Debra Lozinski complimented Crossroads Outreach School on their open house held last week. Attendance was great and the deserts prepared by students were greatly appreciated. Trustee Karen Packard attended the open house at Cold Lake Outreach and noted attendance was quite good there as well.
- Trustee Mandi Skogen congratulated all of the students who competed in ward track and field events in the division.
- Trustee Garry Kissel thanked the Grade 6 students at Glendon School on inviting him to teach them about the role of a trustee.
- On behalf of the Duclos and H.E. Bourgoin school councils, Trustee Lorne Kaban thanked the Board for the support school council members received to attend the Alberta School Councils Association annual conference.
- Trustee Karen Packard commended Art Smith Aviation Academy on their recent Aviation Expo, North Star Elementary on their Art Auction, and Cold Lake Middle School on their talent show. All three events were well done and entertaining.
- Board Chair Arlene Hrynyk congratulated Edwin Parr nominee Blake Mezzarobba from Kikino School. Board members and administration recently attended the Alberta School Boards' Association Zone 2/3 Edwin Parr banquet with Blake, where all nominees in the Zone were recognized.
Associate Superintendent Bill Driedger provided the Board with an update on the many technology-related initiatives underway in the division.
Currently NLPS has one device for every 1.3 students. The majority of those are Chrome Books, which are very functional and affordable.
Over the past year, Driedger noted, the division has worked hard at integrating IT (Information Technology) and ET (Educational Technology), both in terms of improving efficiency and in having pedagogy drive technology.
The division's Technology Learning Team has also created a plan to centralize devices and improve the efficiency of purchasing, maintaining and supporting the devices that are in schools. Driedger said this plan is expected to result in better service to schools and reduce costs.
Kikino Council Meeting
The Board received a request to meet with the Kikino Metis Settlement Council. They agreed to meet with the council at one of its meetings in June.
The finance committee reviewed some of the items that have been discussed in relation to the development of the division's 2019-2020 budget. It recommended that the Board request a meeting with the newly-elected MLA's that represent the region to inform them of the division's needs and raise the Board's concerns with them.