Submitted by Black Gold Regional Division
Jan. 18 meeting…
Congratulators to the West Haven Public School (WHPS) Fundraising Society who recently received a grant from Alberta Culture and Tourism in the amount of $120,809. This grant is going towards the completion of West Haven’s two beautiful new playgrounds which are becoming a reality thanks to the partnership and hard work of the Fundraising Society, School and BGRD staff and the City of Leduc.
Superintendent Yanitski presented the Draft 2017‐2018 School Year Calendar. Trustees thanked staff and school councils who reviewed the draft calendar and provided feedback. Trustees discussed the option of moving the Professional Development Day in March to another day in October. Trustees requested that for next year, the information on the calendar be distributed earlier so that all school councils and staff have additional time to review it.
The board approved the Draft of the 2017‐2018 Black Gold Regional School Division No. 18 School Year Calendar with the change to move the March 2, 2018 Professional Development day to October 20, 2017.
Associate Superintendent Romanchuk stated the Vimy Ridge Committee is working with Travel Your World to make a workbook for the students that are going on the Vimy Ridge Canadian Heritage Tour 2017. A letter was presented from the board that will go into the handbook for the students wishing them a safe, enjoyable and educational trip.
Associate Superintendent Romanchuk mentioned that a video will be made of the students on the trip. Trustees look forward to hearing a report of the trip when the students return.
Associate Superintendent Andres stated that 2017 is an election year for Alberta school boards. The board will have to update Bylaw No. 1‐95 Ward Structure by March 1, to meet the requirements of the School Act. The ward and electoral subdivision boundaries adjustment is required due to the approved changes of the annexed municipal boundaries.
Trustee Koroll presented some housekeeping items in regards to bargaining during negotiations. The board approved Associate Superintendent Monty as the spokesperson at the bargaining table. The board approved the following bargaining objectives: To achieve a new collective agreement with no disruption in service; To retain maximum rights to operate effectively and efficiently; Financial goals reflect and remain within total financial boundaries and are sustainable.
Superintendent Yanitski announced that BGRD was approved by Alberta Education for the following modular classroom requests: one modular classroom for East Elementary School, three modular classrooms for École Beau Meadow School, four modular classrooms for Robina Baker Elementary School, one modular washroom unit for Robina Baker Elementary School; and four modular classrooms for West Haven Public School.
Jan. 25 meeting…
The board will apply for Ministerial Approval to extend the existing contract for the Superintendent of Schools, and that the new term covers the period from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2019.