Minister to hear from committees studying education system Sept. 20
SASKATOON Four provincial committees examining aspects of Saskatchewan’s education system are set to brief the province’s new education minister on their work in the coming weeks.
The committees, which were formed following the delivery of the March 22 provincial budget, are examining purchasing options, school division boundaries, division organization and compensation levels, alongside provincial regulations from the recently amended Education Act.
When asked Friday about work being done by the committees, Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre said she’s going to “wait to see” what comes out of the committee reports before making any comment.
“We’ll go from there,” she said. “I think there’s been obviously a lot of in-depth good work done there — and careful work — so I’m waiting to see what emerges out of that.”
Chief project officer Liam ChooFoo will present Eyre with verbal updates on the four committees on Sept. 20, according to a ministry spokesperson.
Eyre became education minister after the sector’s former minister, Don Morgan, was shuffled into a cabinet position within the Justice Ministry as a result of the Saskatchewan Party leadership race.
A statement from the Ministry of Education sent to the Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Friday afternoon said there was no update from the committee examining school division boundary changes, stating: “No decisions have been made.” “As the former minister has previously stated, no boundary changes will take place without first consulting with potentially affected communities,” explained the ministry statement.
“The Education Governance Renewal team regularly meets with school division directors and board chairs, as well as other education stakeholders, to provide updates on their work.”
Morgan previously said examining school division boundaries in the province’s north was a priority for the province.
Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre is awaiting reports from four provincial committees.