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Sept. 20 meet­ing

Cap­i­tal Projects Up­date

Fa­cil­ity Ser­vices pro­vided their reg­u­lar up­date to the board on the cur­rent cap­i­tal project in the di­vi­sion: the new re­place­ment school in Ed­son, Mary Berg­eron El­e­men­tary. Ed­son: The school opened on Septem­ber 5, 2017 with all class­rooms be­ing com­pleted. Work is on­go­ing at the school with land­scap­ing in the front and the east side be­ing com­pleted over the next cou­ple of weeks. The east play­ground is sched­uled to be com­pleted the week of Septem­ber 18th. Ex­te­rior stucco work is on­go­ing as well as work is con­tin­u­ing in the gym and learn­ing com­mons and both are sched­uled for com­ple­tion in Oc­to­ber. Other News in Brief

The board was pleased to ap­prove fund­ing in sup­port of two camps in Hin­ton this year: $2,500 to host ‘It’s Cool to Know Your Way in a Re­la­tion­ship Camp’ for all Grade 8 GYPSD stu­dents; and $1,400 for the an­nual Imag­ine Conference for all Grade 6 stu­dents. Both events are fully sup­ported by trustees as ex­tremely valu­able in build­ing ca­pac­ity for pos­i­tive youth de­vel­op­ment and as­sist those sup­ports and re­sources that ex­ist in GYPSD schools.

An in-depth re­vi­sion to Pol­icy 12 - Role of the Su­per­in­ten­dent was ap­proved at to­day’s meet­ing to re­flect the Su­per­in­ten­dent Lead­er­ship Stan­dards as well as guide­lines pro­vided by the Al­berta School Boards’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

Hin­ton trustees brought up some con­cerns in re­gards to the new in­ter-school bus­ing routes for in­el­i­gi­ble rid­ers within the Town of Hin­ton. Su­per­in­ten­dent Lewis up­dated the board that the trans­porta­tion depart­ment has ad­dressed the ma­jor­ity of con­cerns noted to date in­clud­ing the amend­ment of drop-off times. Over the next cou­ple of weeks, ad­min­is­tra­tion is re­view­ing other pos­si­ble route changes that can be made within bud­getary con­straints to ad­dress other con­cerns brought for­ward. She re­minded trustees that the trans­porta­tion bud­get has been in a deficit bud­get over the last three years due to the ex­pan­sion of in­el­i­gi­ble rid­er­ship ser­vice within towns’ lim­its which is not part of the trans­porta­tion’s fund­ing model by the province. Al­though the di­vi­sion does charge a fee for this ser­vice, it is only a frac­tion of the ac­tual cost which is closer to $600 per rider. Dis­cus­sions on the con­tin­u­a­tion of this ser­vice may be brought for­ward later this year.

After con­sul­ta­tions with both in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal stake­hold­ers, trustees re­vised the cur­rent in­el­i­gi­ble trans­porta­tion fee from $300 to $250 with a fam­ily max­i­mum of $750 for the cur­rent school year. Those fam­i­lies who paid the orig­i­nal fee of $300 will be is­sued a re­fund of $50 within the next 30 days.

As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Karén pro­vided the Fourth Quar­ter State­ment of Rev­enues and Ex­penses to Au­gust 31st, for the year end­ing Au­gust 31, 2017. Ex­clud­ing any fis­cal year-end clos­ing ad­just­ments, a pre­lim­i­nary re­view of the di­vi­sion’s fi­nan­cial op­er­a­tions in­di­cates that the bal­ance of rev­enues over ex­pen­di­tures is at 93.8 per cent of the projected bud­get, or $982,010 - 54.8 per cent of the orig­i­nal deficit bud­get projected at $1,793,111.

As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Shipka re­ported on the cur­rent ap­pli­ca­tion of the di­vi­sion’s univer­sal screen­ing as­sess­ments which in­cludes Aim­sweb, HLAT’s (High­est Level of Achieve­ment Test), and Math­let­ics. These screens are char­ac­ter­ized by the ad­min­is­tra­tion of quick re­peat­able test­ing of age-ap­pro­pri­ate skills for stu­dents which pro­vide the nec­es­sary ev­i­dence to iden­tify learn­ing needs and de­ter­mine ap­pro­pri­ate teach­ing sup­ports to im­prove both lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy skills.

AP 505 - School Fees was amended to re­flect cur­rent leg­isla­tive re­quire­ments in re­gards to pro­gram and non-pro­gram fees.

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