PRSD notebook

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

Board approves deficit budget

The Peace River School Division [PRSD] board of trustees approved the 2021-22 budget at the regular board meeting May 20.
The Division approved the use of $1,337,978.00 in reserves to supplement the total budget of $52,184,450.
“The board elected to use reserves to continue to support priorities identified by the board during the budget process,” says board chair Darren Kuester.
The 2021-22 budget will fund PRSD’s focus on literacy, numeracy, Inclusive Education initiatives, services and supports for students with complex and special needs, mental health and wellness initiatives, technology integration and employee contract obligations.

2022-25 Education Plan approved

The board also approved PRSD’s 2022-25 Education Plan.
The plan highlights three overarching priorities including Literacy Development/Achievement, Numeracy Development/Achievement and Inclusionary and Responsive Culture.
“Our Education Plan format looks significantly different from past years,” says board chair Darren Kuester.
“We have narrowed down our focus, and adjusted reporting requirements to an assurance model as outlined by Alberta Education to all school boards in the province.”
Strategies in the plan reflect the voice of students, parents, staff and community members through carious consultation efforts, meetings and surveys.

Friends of Education” nominee

The board announced it has nominated the late Jo-Anne from Fairview as its nominee for the Alberta School Boards Association [ASBA] Friends of Education Award.
The award recognizes individuals or groups who make a special contribution to education and student learning.
Shaw was instrumental in the creation of the family school liaison worker position at E.E. Oliver Elementary School in 1994. She served many students and families while in this position for both Oliver and St. Thomas More until her retirement in 2002.
Shaw will be honored at the ASBA Zone 1 fall awards ceremony on Sept. 22.

New doors for Fairview High School

Trustees reviewed a summary of bids received for the replacement of all exterior doors at Fairview High School.
The board approved the lowest bid of $155,400 from Alumatec Glass Ltd.

PRSD to meet with Holy Family

The board of trustees reviewed agenda items for their May 20 meeting with trustees from the Holy Family Catholic Regional School Division.
The Student Transportation Agreement, school of choice, new kindergarten to Grade 12 school in Manning, COVID-19, Mental Health Collaboration, and the 2022 55+ Summer Games are items on the agenda.
The two school boards meet regularly to discuss common concerns.

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