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Oct. 18 meet­ing

Trus­tees held their an­nual or­ga­ni­za­tional meet­ing prior to the start of to­day’s (Oct. 18) Pub­lic Board meet­ing. In­cum­bent Brenda Rosa­diuk was re-elected as board chair for the 201718 school year and in­cum­bent Joan Za­porosky was also re-elected to the vice chair po­si­tion. Dur­ing the meet­ing, trus­tees also re-es­tab­lished their com­mit­tee as­sign­ments for the up­com­ing year.

• The board ap­proved up to $6,800 to­wards as­sist­ing ex­penses for members of the new Su­per­in­ten­dent’s Youth Coun­cil to at­tend a stu­dent en­gage­ment ses­sion in Ed­mon­ton Stu­dent Voice 2017 with the Pub­lic School Boards’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Al­berta. GYPSD fully sup­ports Al­berta Ed­u­ca­tion’s be­lief that stu­dent voice plays a crit­i­cal role in shap­ing every level of the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and the ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence. The Su­per­in­ten­dent’s Youth Coun­cil will al­low high school stu­dents to build pos­i­tive work­ing re­la­tion­ships with oth­ers across the divi­sion, lead by ex­am­ple in their schools, pro­vide valu­able in­put on ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives and participate in lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties. As part of their fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as trus­tees, the board also re­ceived a re­port on the last six years of fi­nan­cial sup­port that has been for­warded to as­sist var­i­ous stu­dent ini­tia­tives and events.

• A de­tailed up­date from trans­porta­tion ser­vices in­cluded in­for­ma­tion on the cur­rent stu­dent rid­er­ship, num­ber of in­el­i­gi­ble stu­dents cur­rently be­ing trans­ported, wait­ing lists and ride times. Grande Yel­low­head has 2,599 stu­dents reg­is­tered on 53 school bus routes with in­el­i­gi­ble rid­ers equalling 9per cent of the to­tal rid­er­ship, or 287 stu­dents. This week is School Bus Safety Week and Chair Rosa­diuk thanked all GYPSD driv­ers who work hard to en­sure that our stu­dents ar­rive safe to school.

• A num­ber of fa­cil­ity main­te­nance projects will have the green light this year in­clud­ing the in­stal­la­tion of new LED light­ing in some gym­na­si­ums, paint­ing, and par­tial heat­ing and ven­ti­la­tion up­grades. For the 201718 school year, Grande Yel­low­head re­ceived their an­nual In­fra­struc­ture Main­te­nance and Re­newal fund­ing in the amount of $1.7 mil­lion. An amount for the re­place­ment of floor­ing and roof­ing plus a con­tin­gency fund are also in­cluded in the depart­ment’s ex­pen­di­ture plan for the cur­rent year.

• Trus­tees dis­cussed the pos­si­ble fi­nan­cial im­pacts to schools and the pos­si­ble re­duc­tion of learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties as a re­sult of the prov­ince’s an­nounce­ment of a 45 credit cap for high schools. The 45 credit cap may im­pede the abil­ity of boards to gen­er­ate rev­enue from sum­mer school, al­ter­na­tive/ en­hanced learn­ing, and dual credit op­por­tu­ni­ties to off­set op­er­at­ing ex­penses as schools will not re­ceive any fund­ing over and above the limit. Trus­tees will be bring­ing this con­cern for­ward for fur­ther dis­cus­sion with other school boards at the pro­vin­cial level.

Photo sub­mit­ted to The McLeod River Post

GYPSD’s new Board of Trus­tees is com­prised of Brenda Rosa­diuk, chair, Joan Za­porosky, vice chair, Ellen Aust, Shirley Ca­puto, Ken Fate, Fiona Fowler and Dale Karpluk.

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