Min­is­ter to hear from com­mit­tees study­ing ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem Sept. 20

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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.

MATT SMITH

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Bron­wyn Eyre is await­ing re­ports from four pro­vin­cial com­mit­tees.

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