Board Highlights - October 30, 2019
The Board of Trustees is pleased to provide you with the highlights of our board meeting held on October 30, 2019. To view full highlights, click here.
Superintendent Barron provided a report on the work in Clearview Public Schools which is moving our Education Plan forward and creating a first choice learning environment for Clearview’s students. Spotlights included:
- Sixteen teachers from almost all of the K - 12 schools attended myBlueprint training. myBlueprint follows a comprehensive education and career planning process that meets the learning needs, interests, and aspirations of all students. The group will be meeting again in November to discuss progress and begin to develop the Clearview scope and sequence for careers in K - 12.
- Board Chair Hayden, Superintendent Barron, and Associate Superintendent Neale attended an insurance session in Calgary to better understand the rise in costs of insurance.
- Division Principal Siemens and Deputy Superintendent MacDonald attended training in First Step in Mathematics Training. It is a practical framework with which to diagnose, teach, and monitor students' progress in mathematics development.
- Clearview hosted the third new teacher mentorship PD day on October 17 with an emphasis on literacy, aboriginal learners, the 2013 Ministerial Order, and competencies.
- LLT Fall workshop was held October 21 - 22 with a focus on Human Resources.
- Superintendent Barron submitted two applications for the Bridge to Teaching Program - one in fabrication, the other for mechanics.
- Our Alberta Education Manager, Janet Rockwood and Kari Morgan who is our First Nations, Metis and Inuit consultant, will be visiting Clearview November 1.
Final (Fall) Budget Update
Associate Superintendent Neale presented the 2019-20 final (fall) budget update. Following the October 24 announcement by the Alberta Government that Clearview will receive $400,000 less in funding, the Board worked to develop a plan to support schools.
Two main actions were provided by the Board in finalizing the 2019-20 budget: one, that schools will be able to continue with their staffing and expenditure plans submitted October 21 for 2019-20 and two, the final budget will not include additional regular staff positions than what was presented at the Board meeting except for staffing that may be needed for the nutrition program. The budget will be finalized for Clearview in November.
Nutrition update showcases how Clearview supports students
The purpose of the School Nutrition Program is to provide students in participating schools with access to nutritious food from each of the four food groups each day during the school year, at no additional cost to students or their families. Schools must follow the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth and provide food choices from the “Choose Most Often” category.
Funding for the School Nutrition Program is provided by Alberta Education and is documented in the Funding Manual for School Authorities under Targeted Funding for Provincial Initiatives. The vision for the School Nutrition Program is Alberta children and students are healthy. To review the great things Clearview schools are doing to ensure students have adequate nutrition, click HERE.
Modular classroom submission to promote effective learning spaces
Each year the Alberta Government requests school divisions to submit their modular classroom requests. Based on budget and decisions by the Government, a certain number of modular classrooms are made available each year for all school boards and distributed based on the assessed needs. The number of modular classroom requests by school boards typically is higher than the modular classrooms available.
From the Board’s submitted capital plan and needs in the school division, the only school at present that would require additional classroom spaces due to operational reasons is Gus Wetter School. The Board reviewed modular classroom needs, and approved to submit to the Alberta Government a request for two modular units for Gus Wetter School. See the LINK for details.
ASBA Life Member Award provided to former Trustee!
We are pleased to announce that former Clearview Public Schools Trustee, Karen Holloway, has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Alberta School Boards Association Honourary Life Member Award. This special award is presented to an individual in recognition of their outstanding service and commitment to trusteeship, education and students. Karen Holloway served on Clearview’s Board from 1998 to 2017. During that time, she had chaired, vice-chaired as well as sat on every committee the board had. Karen also served on many provincial committees including ASBA Zone 4 and ASEBP.
This distinguished award will be presented to Karen at the ASBA Annual Awards night on November 17, 2019 in Edmonton. Congratulations to Karen Holloway!