New year, new chair

Clearview Board of Trustees held an organizational meeting on August 29 prior to their regular board meeting.

Greg Hayden was elected as the new board chair and Guy Neitz was acclaimed as vice-chair, each for one year terms.

Committee appointments include: Alberta School Boards Association – Zone 4 – Kim Smyth (alternate: Becky Scott); Audit Committee – Guy Neitz, John Schofer and Becky Scott.

Community Adult Learning Council for Stettler & District – Greg Hayden (alternate: Kim Smyth) and for Paintearth – Ken Checkel (alternate: Erika Grice).

Compensation Committee – Guy Neitz, John Schofer and Becky Scott; Edwin Parr Designate – Erika Grice; Grievance Committee – Erika Grice, Guy Neitz and John Schofer; Performing Arts Centre Committee – Kim Smyth; Policy Committee – Ken Checkel, Erika Grice and Becky Scott; Shared-Use Recreational Fields Committee – Greg Hayden, (alternate: Kim Smyth); Stettler Wellness Committee – Kim Smyth, (alternate: Becky Scott ); Teacher-Board Liaison Committee – Greg Hayden and Guy Neitz (alternate: Becky Scott ); Teachers’ Employer Bargaining Association – Ken Checkel and the Wellness and Safety Committee – Kim Smyth and Becky Scott.

Trustees went on to review honorariums, meeting and travel allowances, unanimously electing to maintain compensation at 2017-18 levels.

Each trustee receives a basic monthly allowance equal to one day’s per diem per month with the board chair receiving an additional one day per diem per month.

Trustees receive a per diem rate of $175 for a full day (over four hours including travel time) and $87.50 for a half day (under four hours including travel).

For meetings that require an overnight stay, the per diem rate is $205 per day (including daily meal allowance).

Meal reimbursement will remain at $11 for breakfast, $16 for lunch and $24 for dinner. The non-hotel stay allowance rate is $40 per night.

This allowance can be requested when a Clearview employee stays in an alternate location instead of incurring the cost of a hotel room when on authorized and scheduled Clearview business.

The per kilometre rate for mileage will follow the Canada Revenue Agency rate (currently at $0.55) for the 2018-2019 operating year.

Superintendent update

Superintendent Peter Barron provided trustees with a report on the work in Clearview Public Schools.

This September, Clearview educators will begin to employ the Enhanced Learning Model (ELM) to support the educational needs of students in Grade 10 – 12.

According to Barron, training for the Online Learning Resources from Wolf Creek is well underway.

About 20 Clearview teachers will begin the new school year by delivering six different courses.

Barron also reported on a new teacher mentorship program being initiated this year, with four days of mentorship training.

Each new staff member will be assigned an experienced mentor in their building.

New principals have also been assigned mentors.


Linda Stillinger

ECA Review

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