Following are board highlights of the Peace River School Division board of trustees meeting Oct. 15:
Enrolment update provided
Supt. Paul Bennett, provided the board of trustees with enrolment data for all PRSD schools.
PRSD’s enrolment numbers are down 281 students compared to projected enrolment for the current school year.
The Division’s projected enrolment for the 2020-21 school year was 3,016. The actual enrolment as of Sept. 30 was 2,735.
PRSD has 190 students enrolled in at-home learning, which is included in enrolment count, while 106 previous PRSD in-school learners have switched to home schooling.
Because school boards are funded based on enrolment, PRSD is advocating to the Alberta government that due to the pandemic, serious consideration be made to making exceptions to this year’s funding allocations.
Red Earth Creek School review OKed
The board of trustees agreed to conduct an Enrolment Improvement Review at Red Earth Creek School with a focus on senior high programming.
The review will be focused on continued academic viability of senior high programming.
The board wishes to work together with parents, staff, and the community to develop strategies to enhance the long-term success of senior high programming, and look at opportunities to work better with the community to provide high school programming for students.
Virtual meetings with students soon
The board directed administration to plan and schedule virtual meetings with PRSD’s upper elementary/junior high, and senior high Student Engagement Teams.
The board discussed the value of the meetings and agreed it would also be a good opportunity to hear from PRSD’s at-home learners and home-schooling students.
Items the board has placed on the future agenda with both engagement teams include; adapting to the new COVID environment at school, wrap-around services [mental health and addiction supports]; and updates on at-home learning and home schooling.
Before COVID-19, the board scheduled two in-person meetings with the Student Engagement Teams where both the students and the board added topics to the agenda.
Lighting upgrade approved
On May 21, the Alberta government announced school divisions would be allocated one-time funding for capital projects on school buildings as a means to create jobs and boost the Alberta economy in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. PRSD’s allocation was $2.5 million.
The board approved three proposed projects:
- the replacement of concrete sidewalks, curbs, gutters and the resurfacing of parking lots and bus loops at E.E. Oliver Elementary School and Fairview High School;
- the replacement of T.A. Norris Middle School’s heating system and the paving of the parking lot at Worsley Central School. Due to project cost savings, and the support of Clear Hills County for the Worsley paving project, $700,000 remains in the CMR funding;
- the board approved a recommendation that the remaining $700,000 be used to provide energy efficient lighting upgrades at E.E. Oliver Elementary School, Fairview High School, and Worsley Central School.