Swan Valley School Division Minutes – September 9, 2019

Swan Valley
School Division

Executive Summary of the
September 9, 2019

Submitted by:
Jon Zilkey,

1. The Board acclaimed Laurie Evans as Board Chair and Gary Wowchuk as Vice-Chair for the 2019-2020 school year. Congratulations Laurie and Gary. The Board maintained all indemnities for trustees at the current rates and reviewed standing committees.

2. The Board reviewed the agenda for the special meeting on September 11 to look at planning the process for the strategic/continuous improvement plan, board review, governance and trustee/school visits.

3. The Superintendent reported on the two student teachers currently at SVRSS and ÉSRSS for the fall term. He also reported that our Division is in discussions with St. Boniface University to see if student teachers would consider ÉSRSS this year for their French Immersion placements.

4. The preliminary enrollment figures were looked at and stand at 1,417 students as of Friday, September 6.

5. The Secretary-Treasurer reported the completion of an agreement with UCN for .25 FTE staffing for Career Exploration Services for the Friendship Centre Program.

6. On September 26 the WSH Committee will attend the MSBA/MTS Workplace Safety and Health Session at SVRSS. Topics will include harassment in the workplace and a presentation by Bob Keber on Lockdowns/safety.

7. Most of the Board and Senior Admin will be attending the Linkages Conference on October 16 and 17 in The Pas. This Conference is on sustaining the northern economy and partnerships that have been/can be formed.

Minutes of the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees held in the Division Office Board Room on September 9, 2019 commencing at 7:00 p.m. (unapproved)

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

The meeting was called to order by the Secretary-Treasurer who in accordance with The Public Schools’ Act facilitated the election of the Board Chair and Vice-Chair.

Election of Board Chair:
W. Schaffer nominated L. Evans
K. Highmoor and V. Rooks moved nominations cease
L. Evans elected Board Chair

Election of Board Vice-Chair:
K. Highmoor nominated G. Wowchuk
V. Rooks and D. Burghart moved nominations cease
G. Wowchuk elected Vice-Chair

Update Trustee Conflict of Interest:
Trustees were reminded to update, if applicable, their Declaration of Conflict of Interest.

R1 W. Schaffer, D. Burghart:
THAT as per Item 1.4, a by-law of The Swan Valley School Division to appoint a Board Chair and Vice-Chair and Trustee Indemnities and Expenses be introduced to the Board and read a first time, 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 7/2019 and the seal of the School Division affixed thereto.

R2 V. Rooks, D. Burghart:
THAT the Minutes of the regular meeting of August 26, 2019, be adopted.

R3 W. Schaffer, K. Highmoor:
THAT the Staffing Report of the Superintendent/CEO, 8.2, as presented, be ratified.

R4 G. Wowchuk, V. Rooks:
THAT the Board move to In-Camera.

R5 W. Schaffer, K. Highmoor:
THAT the Board move out of In-Camera.

R6 K. Highmoor, W. Schaffer:
THAT as per Item 19.2.1, the Report on the SVSD Trades Building – Asphalt, be received and authorization to proceed be approved.

R7 G. Wowchuk, V. Rooks:
THAT as per Item 19.3.2, the School of Choice request be approved.

R8 K. Riehl, V. Rooks:
THAT we do now adjourn at 8:45 p.m.