Superintendent John Bailey presented student-based research information received from Joanne Steinmann at the University of Calgary at the Clearview Board Meeting on February 13, 2014. This research will be posted on the division website at http://www.clearview.ab.ca/Stettler_Schools_Study.
The research concluded that success for students has more to do with the quality of instruction and the establishment of meaningful relationships than with the grade configuration in a particular school.
The board will be carefully considering how to proceed with the Stettler Schools Study at future meetings.
Student ombudsman report
The Board of Trustees will continue their emphasis on student learning and hearing from the students in the division.
Trustee Staci Gerlitz has been working on the Student Ombudsman Committee and as a next step towards strengthening communication will be placing suggestion boxes in the schools. Boxes are expected to arrive in schools starting in March 2014.
Superintendent John Bailey presented a new school calendar proposal from the school principals group, as well as information on the feedback received to the draft school calendars proposed in December. The new school calendar proposal from the principals would enhance staff development by having fewer early Mondays balanced with more full day “professional days” for activities such as collaborating, learning, meeting, organizing, planning, studying student achievement, transitioning students and communicating including conferences with students and parents (in addition to the two evening conferences each semester). The board plans to make a decision on the calendar for the 2014-2015 school year at the March 19 board meeting.
Wm. E. Hay modernization update
Starting in 2005 the school division has been involved in a process of modernizing the Wm. E. Hay High School.
With a budget of $12.23 million, work was finalized on the project at the end of August 2013. The project came in $20,000 under budget, subject to Alberta Infrastructure approval. The upgrades now provide for better spaces for student learning, and have allowed the life of the building to be extended for many more years.
Trustees shared the work being done around Alberta on improving education and learning for students. Trustee Neitz and Trustee Goodwin discussed the work being done by the Public School Boards Council including reviewing the future of home schooling and separate schools.