William E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus, having earned provincial and international recognition for its work on high school redesign, was invited to participate in the Center for Secondary School Redesign (CSSR) and EdExcellence School Showcase.
This student-centered professional development showcase was held in San Diego, California from February 15 – 17.
Five staff members and seven students from Wm. E. Hay had the opportunity to hear from other students, attend presentations, visit school sites, and network with peers while sharing their redesign programs and strategies.
A delegation, including teacher Amy Smith, students Quinn Pederson (grade 7), Kevin Missikewitz (grade 9) and Jenny Munholland (grade 10) along with Principal Norb Baharally shared their experiences with the Clearview board.
Each student took the opportunity to report on what they observed at the schools they visited, what they discovered in roundtable and presentation sessions and the excellent work done at their own school.
“We have a lot of great things at Wm. E. Hay that a lot of us didn’t actually appreciate before we left.” stated Jenny Munholland “Living in a rural community should not be a disadvantage…if we seek out opportunities.”
William E. Hay was the only Canadian school invited to participate in the conference.
New buses awarded
Vendor proposals for the purchase of five school buses from (Bluebird) at $526,810, Bus Centre (Thomas) at $520,701 and Western IC (International) at $495,560 were reviewed.
The tender process included an evaluation using a scoring tool based as follows: (30%) cost, (15%) references, (15%) availability of parts, (15%) compatibility with existing fleet, (10%) proven durability on rougher roads, (10%) warranties and (5%) delivery time.
Western Canada IC Bus came in with not only the lowest price but received the highest rating using the scoring tool.
The board accepted senior administration’s recommendation and moved to award the purchase of four 46-passenger buses and one 70-passenger bus to Western Canada IC Bus for $495,560.
Big Valley School flood
Quick work from Big Valley School staff helped to minimize damage after water entered the facility over the Mar.18-19 weekend.
Warm weather resulted in rapid snow melt all over the village, however drainage ditches remained frozen over, causing water to enter the school.
Video showed water pooled in the library, gymnasium and other areas of the building.
The water did not reach high enough to damage books, but the gym floor and walls need to be assessed for possible mould.