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Nov. 6 meet­ing

Grande Yel­low­head Pub­lic School Divi­sion (GYPSD) trus­tees en­sure that ju­ris­dic­tional pri­or­i­ties (stu­dent learn¬ing, teach­ing and lead­er­ship ex­cel­lence, and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment) in place for stu­dents to achieve their ed­uca¬tional goals and meet pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tional stan­dards. On a reg­u­lar ba­sis, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Learn­ing Ser­vices pro­vide up­dates to trus­tees on var­i­ous stu­dent learn­ing ini­tia­tives and pro­grams as the board re­quires ac­count¬abil­ity from ad­min­is­tra­tion to en­sure that these learn­ing sup­ports are be­ing ef­fec­tive.

To­day’s (Nov. 6) meet­ing in­cluded a re­port on the cur­rent lit­er­acy strate­gies in place across the divi­sion: staff pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, di­vi­sional as­sess­ments, and lit­er­acy sup­port in­ter­ven­tions, as well as in­for­ma­tion on in­clu­sive ed­u­ca­tion sup­ports that are ac­ces­si­ble to all GYPSD stu­dents.

Other Notes of In­ter­est

Trus­tees at­tend ed­u­ca­tional con­fer­ences in or­der to learn about im­por­tant is­sues and new ini­tia­tives. Trust¬ee Za­porosky was ap­proved to at­tend the Na­tional School Boards As­so­ci­a­tion (NSBA) An­nual Con­fer­ence from March 30 April 1, 2019, on be­half of the board. Sched­uled work­shops on ad­vo­cacy, gov­er­nance and ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship, in­no­va­tions in district man­age-ment, board and su­per­in­ten­dent part­ner­ships, stu­dent achieve­ment and ac­count­abil­ity, and tech­nol­ogy solu¬tions are just a few of the trans­for­ma­tional ses­sions on the 2019 NSBA Con­fer­ence’s agenda.

As part of their fi­nan­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, the board re¬ceived a re­port from Fa­cil­ity Ser­vices about the sched¬uled main­te­nance and up­grades for GYPSD build­ings over the cur­rent school year us­ing In­fra­struc­ture Mainte¬nance Re­newal (I.M.R.) Ex­pen­di­ture fund­ing. IMR fund-ing from the prov­ince is pro­vided to school au­thor­i­ties pri­mar­ily to up­grade build­ing com­po­nents to meet health and safety stan­dards, re­place failed fa­cil­ity com­po­nents, or meet mu­nic­i­pal re­quire­ments based on num­ber of stu­dents, area, and age of school fa­cil­i­ties. GYPSD re¬ceived $1,505,848 in fund­ing for the 2018-2019 school year: $242,000 less than the prior school year. Schools in all five zones are sched­uled for var­i­ous up­grades in¬clud­ing roofing, re­place­ment LED light­ing, and funds to ad­dress an­nual floor­ing and paint­ing needs,

Trus­tees spoke about their re­cent at­ten­dance at var­i­ous com­mu­nity meet­ings and events over the last few weeks where they shared key mes­sages about GYPSD with the com­mu­nity-at-large. They also en­joyed their re­cent school vis­its in the Ed­son and Lob­stick zones to see schools’ fo­cus on the ju­ris­dic­tional pri­or­i­ties.

As part of the new pi­lot cal­en­dar, the board wishes ev¬ery­one a well de­served new Fall Break from Novem­ber 12 to 16, and en­joy their time with fam­ily and friends.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Lewis pro­vided high­lights from this month’s lead­er­ship meet­ings with prin­ci­pals and as­sis¬tant prin­ci­pals that fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing: teacher and lead­er­ship ex­cel­lence skills, in­struc­tional fo­cus, and gen­er­a­tive di­a­logue.

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