Wetaskiwin Public Schools plans ahead on superintendent job

WRPS board meeting highlights January 22

The board of trustees of Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools discussed a recent public consultation at their regular meeting Jan. 22.

Winfield School Public Engagement

The board held its public consultation at Winfield School on Thursday, November 29, 2018. The board held this public consultation because it wants to construct a new school in Winfield and it is exploring possible partnerships to offer programs and/or services that would enhance the community.

Initial conversations have been made with Alberta Health Services to explore partnership ideas. The board created an Ad Hoc Committee – Winfield School Consultation Committee to further investigate partnership ideas and opportunities in the Winfield area. Trustee Lynn Ware and Trustee Karen Becker will sit on the committee.

Superintendent Succession Planning

The Superintendent of Schools contract expires in July of 2020. As such the board will be required to begin succession planning for the position of Superintendent of Schools. At its meeting on January 22nd, the board hired Mr. Dave Johnson, Labour Relations and Human Resources Consultant, to facilitate the recruitment, selection and hiring of a new superintendent for Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools.

Mr. Johnson will assist the board with the development of a timeline, rating criteria, advertising campaign, public input, selection, dealing with the Minister, contract criteria and negotiation as well as providing an announcement. The board will meet with Mr. Johnson to begin the process on February 12, 2019.

Local Politicians / Candidates to Meet with the Board

The board has arranged luncheon meetings with local politicians / candidates. A meeting was held with Mark Smith on January 8th and Jaxon Nixon on January 22nd. The board will meet with Bruce Hinkley on February 12th, and Richard Wilson on February 26th over the lunch hour.

The agenda will include the following: Overall party platform on education, PSBAA “Together for Students” campaign, Winfield School – rural sustainability and transportation fees.

Transportation fees for 2019-2020 for ineligible and school of choice riders will remain the same as fees charged in 2018-2019. Fees are $400 for one student and $800 per family of two or more.

-Submitted by WRPS

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