Submitted by WRPS
Canada Learning Bond Presentation
“Momentum”, a non-profit organization based out of Calgary, presented to the board on increasing knowledge and awareness of accessing the Canada Learning Bond for all families.
The SmartSaver Program helps families understand the Canada Learning Bond and provides families with the information they need to get government money for their children’s post-secondary education.
Momentum reported that the Canada Learning Bond uptake in Wetaskiwin is only at 27 per cent of eligible families, which indicates that many families are missing out on this opportunity. For more information regarding the Canada Learning Bond and how it can benefit your family, contact district office (phone 780-352-6018).
Status of fuel used by bus contractors
Trustee Lynn Ware requested information on the status of fuel used by busses of WRPS bus contractors, and whether there was a desire to switch to propane.
Division administration determined that as of April 25, 2017, WRPS currently uses 19 contractors for bussing. Those contractors have a total of 62 buses, including regular and spare buses, between them. The breakdown of fuel type is as follows for those 62 buses: Diesel – 53 buses, Gas – 7 buses and Propane – 2 buses.
Most contractors indicated they would not consider switching to propane because the conversion and maintenance costs are unaffordable.
2017-2018 Board/Admin Meeting Calendar
The board approved the 2017-2018 Board/Admin Meeting Calendar in principle. Following the October election, the new board may decide to alter some dates on this calendar.