Swan Valley School Division Minutes – April 24, 2017

Swan Valley
School Division

Executive Summary of the
April 24, 2017
Regular Board Meeting

Submitted by:
Tim Mendel

1. Robert Ter Horst and Beverley Polon from Swan Valley Communities That Care presented a Life Skills Training Program to the Board. The Program aligns with the Division’s Strategic Plan. The Program will be presented to the Principals for feedback. A decision on implementation will be made at a later date. Great presentation.

2. The Board approved providing additional space to Benito Child Care, given that the school supports this decision. However, the Board wants the Child Care to guarantee its hours of operation.

3. The Trustees each shared information about sessions they attended at the recent Manitoba School Boards Association Convention.

4. Trustee Wowchuk shared information with Trustees about the Rural Forum Conference he attended.

5. The Maintenance Supervisor updated the Board on the Five Year Capital Plan.

6. The Sunflower Early Learning Centre in Minitonas requested a change in location within the Minitonas Early Years School. The Board directed the CEO and the Maintenance Supervisor to meet with Child Care Staff to investigate this request.

7. The Board approved the school calendar for next year. The Board was informed that the PD Committee has set the PD Topics for next year. The topics will be: Indigenous Education, Lit/Numeracy, Restitution, Local School Topic Choice, SAGE/LIFT. The PD Committee has also decided to allocate PD funds directly into school budgets. Each school will receive a base of $1,000 and $500 per full time teacher. This puts more of the decision making into the local schools hands and takes it out of central office.

8. The new phone system is being installed. Most schools should have the new phones up and operational by the end of the month. The old system was no longer going to be supported or upgraded by its operator, therefore a change needed to be made.

9. A huge congratulations to Staff and Students of Taylor School for putting on a terrific show, “Aladdin”. A special thanks to Patricia Nicole, the Music Teacher. Job well done.

10. A big thanks to Bowsman Staff and Students for their showcase evening. Great event.

Minutes of the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees held in the Division Office Board Room on April 24, 2017 commencing at 7:30 p.m. (unapproved)
The following were present:
Chair: K. Riehl
Trustees: L. Evans
D. Burghart, K. Highmoor, V. Rooks, W. Schaffer G. Wowchuk,
Superintendent: T. Mendel
Secretary-Treasurer: B. Rausch
Student Services Coordinator: D. Burnside
Maintenance Supervisor: C. Staniland
Absent: S. Haluschak, B. Stephen, D. Coulthart

R1 L. Evans, V. Rooks:
THAT the Minutes of the regular meeting of April 10, 2017 and the special meeting of April 17, 2017, be adopted.

R2 W. Schaffer, D. Burghart:
THAT as per the Superintendent’s Report, 8.1, the SVSD Calendar for the year 2017/18 be approved.

R3 G. Wowchuk, D. Burghart:
THAT the Staffing Report of the Superintendent/CEO, 8.2, as presented, be ratified.

R4 L. Evans, K. Highmoor:
THAT the Report of the Secretary-Treasurer, 9.2, on Capital Disbursements, be received and authorization of the payments outlined, be approved.

R5 G. Wowchuk, K. Highmoor:
THAT the Report of the Secretary-Treasurer, 9.3, on the Support Staff Group Tax Free Savings Account Plan, be received and implementation of the Plan, be approved.

R6 W. Schaffer, V. Rooks:
THAT the Report of the Student Services Coordinator, 10.1, on the APPLE Schools Initiative, be received and authorization to pursue the partnership, be approved.

R7 D. Burghart, K. Highmoor:
THAT as per Item 14.2, the letter from Sunflower Early Learning Centre Inc., requesting a change in location at the Minitonas Early Years School, be received.

(Trustee Evans excused herself for this item.)

R8 W. Schaffer, V. Rooks:
THAT the Board move to In-Camera.

R9 G. Wowchuk, K. Highmoor:
THAT the Board move out of In-Camera.

R10 K. Highmoor, G. Wowchuk:
THAT the Finance Report of the Secretary-Treasurer, 17.2.1, be received.

R11 K. Highmoor, G. Wowchuk:
THAT the Report of the Secretary-Treasurer, 17.2.2, on the SVRSS Wall Repair, be received
and the recommendation as outlined, be approved.

R12 V. Rooks, W. Schaffer:
THAT as per Item 17.3.1, the Superintendent’s Report on the Thailand PD Opportunity, be

R13 V. Rooks, W. Schaffer:
THAT the Swan Valley Communities That Care delegation/presentation by Robert Ter Horst and Beverley Polon, on Life Skills Training Information and Proposal, 4.1, be received.

R14 D. Burghart, G. Wowchuk:
THAT we do now adjourn at 11:00 p.m.