The Prairie Land Regional Division #25 trustees met for the Board annual organizational meeting on Tuesday, November 5. Trustees were sworn in by Wendy Barr, Commissioner of Oaths.
Trustees were appointed to the following positions for the upcoming school year:
E. Brinkman was elected Board Chair, and M. Tkach Vice-chair.
Support Staff/Driver Negotiating Committee – E. Brinkman, B. Davis and D. Hansen
Term of Conditions of Employment – E. Brinkman, L. Cawiezel and D. Hansen
Discipline Committee – L. Cawiezel, J. Hill and A. Warwick
Scholarship Committee – L. Cawiezel, H. Smith and A. Warwick
Executive Committee – E. Brinkman, M. Tkach and A. Warwick
Support Staff Liaison Committee – B. Davis and H. Smith
ATA Negotiating Committee – E. Brinkman, M. Tkach and A. Warwick
Board-ATA Liaison Committee – J. Hill and H. Smith
Alberta School Boards Association Zone 5 representative – A. Warwick/ M. Tkach
Public School Boards Association of Alberta representative – B. Davis/ M. Tkach
Starland County Family and Community Support Services representative – E Brinkman/ L. Cawiezel.
Three proposed 2014-2015 PLRD division calendars will be circulated to staff and parents for review and discussion. The calendars attempt to address feedback from staff, students, parents and communities over the past years as the Board has endeavoured to structure a calendar that provides adequate learning time for students and time for teacher professional development. Communities and staff have expressed support of November and February breaks. Draft one starts students after the long weekend, as parents and communities have made it clear that an early start prior to the long weekend is not acceptable. As per draft two, many staff would prefer an early start for students and then spread the August PD days throughout the year. Staff felt that the early PD start was not as effective as having some professional development opportunities throughout the year. Draft three shows the start after the long weekend for students with additional professional development for teachers being placed in the November break for students. This calendar preserves student instructional time, preserves teacher professional development time and allows for a later start in September after the long weekend.
The Board discussed setting a meeting date with Rick Strankman, MLA Drumheller-Stettler. Suggested topics for the meeting include the Wildrose education platform, public funding of private schools and transportation funding. The purpose of the meeting is to provide Strankman with the information required in order to represent the communities’ educational needs in the legislative assembly.