PLRD approves several funding requests

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The Board of Trustees for the Prairie Land Regional Division #25 met May 1.
Several funding requests were approved during the meeting.  In order for these requests to be approved, Alberta’s Educational department needs to accept the draw on deferred capital.
The funding requests included: the purchase of two additional 36-passenger buses at an approximate cost of $168,000, and the funding requests to upgrade the J.C. Charyk Hanna School kitchen and student lounge area and its Career and Technologies Studies (CTS) shops.
The cost of the kitchen and student lounge upgrade is estimated to be $60,000. Renovations to the CTS shops are estimated to cost $280,000.  Money from this total will go to offering students training in green technologies, such as: wind, solar and bio-diesel.
The board also ratified the four-year framework agreement between the province, the Alberta School Boards Association and the Alberta Teachers’ Association. The agreement includes a zero per cent salary increase in the first three years and a two per cent increase in year four.  The agreement also included a one per cent signing bonus that will be paid out in the fourth year. Jennifer Cooper, administrative support for the school division, says trustees expressed concern regarding the manner in which the agreement was negotiated but despite this the agreement was ratified by a 4 – 2 vote.
The board also met with MLA Rick Strankman and education critic MLA Bruce McAllister to discuss the Wildrose Alliance Party’s education policy and rural education funding.
The board approved the appointment of Young Parkyn McNabb as external auditor for 2012/2015, with the opportunity for a two-year extension.

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