BGRS Briefs (May 28, 2014)

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    University of Alberta Recognition Superintendent, Dr. Norman Yanitski, has been elected into the senate of the U of A.

     “It is a voluntary position, unpaid; you participate in about four days of activities with the university where you work with about 40 other individuals, where you are a sounding board for the University and the president. Sort of like a strategic thinking and planning. It’s quite an honour, according the U of A website the Senate is an advisory group that consists of community volunteers and university representatives.  They meet four times a year and serve as a link between the University and the communities it serves.

Increased Rates – Facility Supervisor

    The Board has approved an increase in the hourly rate for Facility Supervisors from $12.50/hr to $14.00/hr effective September 1, 2014.

    Facility supervisors are responsible for opening, closing and cleaning up the schools when they are open to the public for community use.  The community use booking agents requested the increase as they have been having a difficult time recruiting supervisors for this position.

Bus Contractors

    Approval has been given for an increase to the bus contractors’ rate by 1.5% effective September 1, 2014.

    Ruth Andres, Associate Superintendent Business & Finance, advises that bus contractors are an important part of the school boards operation and there hasn’t been an increase for a number of years.

    Sandy Koroll, Trustee, says she is in support of the increase however she suggests that the board send a letter to the government explaining the financial issues that they are currently having with transportation. BGRS continues to have transportation increases but have not received any additional funding from the government to operate their buses. As a result, the Board Chair will write a letter for approval from the board. Once it is approved it will be sent to the Minister of Education and Premier of Alberta and a copy will be sent to the local MLA.