Swan Valley School Division Minutes – August 26, 2019

Swan Valley
School Division

Executive Summary of the
August 26, 2019

Submitted by:
Jon Zilkey,

1. The Board discussed a date for a special meeting to plan how they want the process for the strategic/continuous improvement plan to look like and Board review. The date of the meeting was set for September 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

2. Hiring for 2019-2020 is complete for the teaching staff and almost complete for all other staff.

3. The Board reviewed the Division’s proposal for the Federal Government Carbon Tax Rebate Program which is being administered by the Manitoba School Boards Association.

4. Trustees Riehl and Highmoor discussed the information they gathered on Indigenous Education and the CSBA Conference in Toronto during the summer. Very informative sessions with great speakers talking about a wide range of topics.

5. The Board decided to contribute a SVSD grant to support some of the expenses for the Trout Creek School District No. 2315 marker that they have established.

6. There will be two days of Workplace Health and Safety Training on September 17 and 18 at the Veterans Hall with Jack Slessor presenting. There will be approximately 15 Division employees and 15 from other businesses in the region.

7. The Board accepted the retirement notice of Deborah Burnside, Student Services Coordinator as of December 31, 2019. The Board wishes Deborah all the best in her retirement and thanks her for all she has done at Swan Valley School Division. She will be missed.


Minutes of the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees held in the Division Office Board Room on August 26, 2019 commencing at 7:00 p.m. (unapproved)

The following were present:
Vice-Chair: G. Wowchuk
Trustees: D. Burghart
K. Highmoor
K. Riehl
V. Rooks
W. Schaffer
Superintendent: J. Zilkey
Secretary-Treasurer: B. Rausch
Absent: L. Evans


R1 K. Riehl, V. Rooks:
THAT the Minutes of the regular meeting of June 24, 2019, be adopted.

R2 K. Highmoor, V. Rooks:
THAT the Staffing Report of the Superintendent/CEO, 8.2, as presented, be ratified.

R3 V. Rooks, K. Riehl:
THAT the letter from Kelvin Goertzen, Minister of Education and Training, 13.1, responding to the Board’s request for closure of the Birch River School, effective June 30, 2019, be received, and the Minister’s approval for closure, be accepted.

R4 D. Burghart, V. Rooks:
THAT as per Item 14.1, a by-law to provide for religious instruction classes at Minitonas School be read a first time long, that the rules of procedure be waived and that it be taken as read a second and third time, be now finally passed, signed by the Chair and the Secretary-Treasurer and numbered 6/2019 and the seal of the School Division affixed thereto.
CARRIED (Trustee Highmoor abstained)

R5 W. Schaffer, K Highmoor:
THAT as per Item 14.2, the request from the Trout Creek School District No. 2315 Committee for a grant of $100.00 to help defray the costs of a cairn to mark the former school site, be received and approved.

R6 W. Schaffer, D. Burghart:
THAT the Board move to In-Camera.

R7 K. Highmoor, W. Schaffer:
THAT the Board move out of In-Camera.

R8 D. Burghart, K. Riehl:
THAT as per Item 19.3.1, the School of Choice request be approved.

R9 W. Schaffer, V. Rooks:
THAT as per Transportation Item, 19.1.4, the extension, as outlined, be approved.

R10 K. Highmoor, D. Burghart:
THAT we do now adjourn at 9:29 p.m.