October Board Meeting Highlights

Transportation Appeal
The Board of Trustees heard an appeal regarding an administrative decision to route a Falun bus through the provincial land in Ma-Me-O Beach.  Administration made the decision to approve the application for the students registration to Falun School based on student ride times within the attendance area.  The Summer Village of Ma-Me-O Beach is not addressed in either school attendance or transportation service area.   The Board decided to uphold the decision to transport students from Ma-Me-O Beach to Falun until the boundary review is completed by the Board.

Red Deer College Polytechnic Support
The Board received a letter requesting support for the Red Deer College change to degree granting status and become a Polytechnic University.  A letter of support will be provided by the Board for inclusion in the Red Deer College request.

WRPS 2015-2016 Enrolment
Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools has a total of 3894 students.  The September 30, 2015 student count numbers indicates that enrolment is down by 66.5 full-time equivalent student.  The decrease in enrolment will have a negative effect on the operating funding grants from the province and the federal government for the 2015-2016 school year.

Ownership of Land at Norwood and Centennial School
The land surrounding Norwood and Centennial Schools is presently owned by the City of Wetaskiwin, WRPS currently owns the footprint of the school sites, which is essentially the buildings and a small area around them.  Playgrounds and fields surrounding the schools are owned by the City of Wetaskiwin.  We have been operating under a joint use agreement with the City that has allowed us to work well together on the maintenance and usage of the surrounding property at these sites.   The Board has approved that administration work on a land transfer so that the school sites can be consolidated and ownership of the surrounding land be transferred to Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools.

By-Election Division 3 November 2, 2015
Three candidates are running in the Division 3 By-Election.  Jennifer Day, Paula Lamoureux and Raymond Unger have decided to run in the election scheduled for November 2, 2015.  The Polling station will be set up at the Falun Community Center from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

200 operational day calendar to be developed for 2016-2017
The Board of Trustees has directed administration to develop a 200 operational day calendar for the 2016-2017 school year.  The calendar will include 200 operational days for staff and 180 instructional days for students.  The 20 non-instructional days will be used for professional development, collaboration, and teacher convention and teacher interview days in lieu.  Draft calendars will be circulated for stakeholder input prior to approval of the 2016-2017 school year calendars.

Communication Plan
The Board has approved the 2015-2018 Communications Plan.  The plan includes strategic communication goals, objectives and strategies to ensure effective communication in a timely manner with all stakeholders.

 Accountability Pillar Results
The Board received a report on Provincial Accountability Pillar results, which measures how the division is performing in a variety of categories. Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools continues to show positive results in Safe and Caring, and Diploma exams.  A decline was noted in the Provincial Achievement Test results for grades six and nine as well as a continued FNMI discrepancy gap.  Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools will continue to address these achievement gaps. 

View:  Board Meeting Highlights October 13, 2015 &  Board Meeting Highlights October 27, 2015

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