Entwistle School


Regular Board Meeting Highlights - March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting.

  • The Board approved the Fees & Allowances Schedule for the 2020-2021 school year. The proposed and subsequently approved fees are based on the current provincial funding model and adjustments may be required based on changes in provincial funding models. Other highlights from the fee schedule include:
    • The fee for ineligible rural riders is being increased this year to $300 with the plan to increase it next year to be equivalent to ineligible urban riders. Fees are being increased to move fees for non-funded students towards the actual cost of transporting a student (~$1000) while minimizing the fees to funded students.
    • These fee increases are anticipated to generate an additional $430,000. These additional revenues in conjunction with anticipated grant increases are required to offset:
      • a current operating deficit of $500,000.
      • Three additional bus routes anticipated this coming year to alleviate ride time issues in the Duffield, Graminia and Muir Lake areas. The cost is estimated at $170,000.
      • Increases in contractor costs due to inflation could be $100,000.
      • Increases in the fuel escalator paid to contracts as a result of the federal carbon tax and
        increases in fuel prices $50,000.
      • Contract changes related to changing the size of the buses in the Parkland Village area from the
        current 71 passenger buses to 84 passenger buses to accommodate rider levels $10,000.
      • Expenditures related to upgrading the equipment being used on the routes, this equipment has
        not been updated or had a replacement program for some time. A scheduled replacement will be initiated to replace the equipment and ensure that equipment is replaced as it reaches the end of its useful life $55,000.
      • Contribute to operating costs of the transportation department within CFE.
  • The Board received as information the Board Financial Reporting Profile 2014-2015 to 2018-2019. The Financial Reporting Profile Report provides a historical comparison of the division to other divisions within the province.
  • Each year the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) honours six outstanding first-year teachers, one from each of the six zones identified by ASBA, with the Edwin Parr Teacher Award. School boards may nominate any first-year K-12 teacher who has taught in an Alberta school jurisdiction which is a member of the ASBA.
    The Parkland School Division ASBA Zone 2/3 Edwin Parr selection committee is pleased to put forth Ms. Abby McKeage from Parkland Village School as Parkland School Division's nominee. Ms. Sydney Melnyk was also nominated for consideration from Copperhaven School.
  • The Board approved the revised Board Policy 16: Recruitment and Selection of Personnel.
  • The Board received as information the 2019-2020 Infrastructure Maintenance Renewal Expenditure Report as presented by Director of Facilities Services, Serge LaBrie.
  • The Board received as information the School Calendar Survey for the 2021-2022 school year. In keeping with the Division’s Assurance Model, draft considerations for the 2021-2022 Calendar shall be provided electronically to stakeholders for feedback (via electronic survey) regarding the placement of scheduled breaks and non-instructional (PD) days. The calendar shall be submitted for approval at the regularly scheduled Board Meeting in December, 2020 and the survey for feedback shall remain open until this time.
  • The Board received as information a summary report of Responses to Written Submissions on Seba Beach School for consideration before the Board's next Special Meeting to vote on the potential school closure of Seba Beach School.

Next Special Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education

Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education