Swan Valley School Division Minutes – December 14, 2020

Swan Valley
School Division

Executive Summary of the
December 14, 2020

Submitted by:
Jon Zilkey,

1. Nicole Bobick, SVTA President and Teacher of the Westman Consortia in which SVSD is a member of, presented to the Board.

2. The Board examined Policy 6: Trustee Code of Conduct. In the fall, the Board revised this policy and will replace it.

3. The Superintendent reported on the WSH presentation that the Committee received from MSBA/MTS on Friday, December 11, 2020. Range of topics included committee work, near misses and the importance of them, and a safe working culture.

4. The Secretary-Treasurer reported on the Covid expenses and recently revised template we are required to submit to the province.

5. The Board discussed the new information for SVSD schooling after the break. The Board is looking at providing extra support as they can to help with the staff and preparation time. This will also include the use at K-8 especially of floating substitutes, new teaching staff and technical staff. Our staff have done tremendously well with all the changes. In addition to staffing, the Board looked at providing additional technology supports for schools to keep up with the remote learning demands. Schools will be in remote learning at the 7-12 level for the two weeks January 4-15, 2021, with optional remote learning for K-6 during this time.

6. The Board Chair discussed the Manitoba School Boards Association request for presentations on Bill 64: Education Modernization Act to the provincial government. SVSD has requested to present which will occur later in the next year.

7. The Board again discussed the recent announcement on the Remote Learning Resource Centre being set up by the provincial government. SVSD will be watching closely when this gets up and running.

8. The Board briefly discussed the budget survey. More work will be done in January including looking at the department and principal feedback with addition to the data in this survey at our January 20, 2021, workshop.

9. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank all parents, students and staff for their work in this incredibly tough time for all. Though it may not be the usual Christmas Break, please take the time to enjoy it with your household family and reflect on all the positives we still have. Wishing you a great Christmas and Happy New Year!

Minutes of the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees held in the Division Office Board Room on
December 14, 2020 commencing at 7:00 p.m. (unapproved)

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

R1 W. Schaffer, L. Evans:
THAT the Minutes of the regular meeting of November 23, 2020, be adopted.

R2 D. Burghart, L. Evans:
THAT as per the Report of the Secretary-Treasurer, 8.2, general cheques numbering 56291 to 56388 and 2646 to 2653, transfers (bank fees) and EFT’s, which includes general and payroll in the amount of $1,919,252.33 for the month ending October 31, 2020, be approved for payment.

R3 K. Riehl, K. Highmoor:
THAT the Secretary-Treasurer’s Report, 8.5 Temporary Paid Administrative Leave, be received and Senior Administration be authorized to proceed with implementation.

R4 D. Burghart, W. Schaffer:
THAT the Board move to In-Camera.

R5 L. Evans, K. Riehl:
THAT the Board move out of In-Camera.

R6 W. Schaffer, K. Highmoor:
THAT the Staffing Reports of the Superintendent/CEO, 7.2, 16.2.1, and 16.2.3, be ratified.

R7 L. Evans, K. Highmoor:
THAT we do now adjourn at 10:30 p.m.