Swan Valley School Division Minutes – March 22, 2021

Swan Valley
School Division

Executive Summary of the
March 22, 2021

Submitted by:
Jon Zilkey,

1. The Board examined Policy 12: Learning Environment/Programs and Services

2. Kris Woodward and Hayden Rooks, ÉSRSS, gave a Zoom presentation on the ICT Program and reported on changes made. It was a great presentation explaining how they revamped the ICT Classes to make them more practical for students.

3. The Board looked at new procedures on Workplace Safety and Health including those for new staff, and also examined the new Employment Standard for Accessibility.

4. The Board discussed the progress of the SVRSS Capital Project which looks to upgrade the MPR, Music Room and Gymnasium.

5. The Board talked briefly about the upcoming SVSD Strategic Plan that will be looked at in May. The Board continues to plan for this event.

6. The Superintendent discussed his meeting with Gerald Farthing who is doing work for UCN. On April 12, 2021, Mr. Farthing is coming to talk about further partnerships that can exist between SVSD and UCN.

7. With the news of the Education Review, the Board discussed the obvious impact on SVSD. The report indicates that by July 1, 2022, there will be no school boards but instead one Provincial Education Authority based out of Winnipeg with Regional Directors of Education. Our Board will meet again on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, to plan an information session for the public streamed on Facebook Live, Thursday, March 25, 2021, at 7:00 pm. While lots of details of the announcement still have to come out, the Board would like to talk to stakeholders about some of the potential changes for the students and families of SVSD. The Division also recommends all stakeholders read the document and become informed at www.bettereducation.mb.ca.

Minutes of the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees held in the Division Office Board Room on March 22, 2021 commencing at 7:00 p.m. (unapproved)

The following were present:
G. Wowchuk
Chair: Vice-Chair:
W. Schaffer
D. Burghart L. Evans K. Highmoor K. Riehl V. Rooks

Superintendent: J. Zilkey

Secretary-Treasurer: B. Rausch

Addition to Agenda
By Board consensus the following additions to the Agenda were approved:
16.3.4 2020/21 Budget Update
16.8.4 Zoom – NDP – Nello Altomare, MLA, Transcona, Education Critic and Mark Wasyliw, MLA, Fort Garry, Financial Critic
16.8.5 Zoom – Dougald Lamont, Manitoba Liberal Party Leader, MLA, St. Boniface and Cindy Lamoureux, MLA, Tyndall Park

R1 D. Burghart, K. Riehl:
THAT the Board move to In-Camera.

R2 K. Highmoor, L. Evans:
THAT the Board move out of In-Camera.

R3 W. Schaffer, V. Rooks:
THAT the Minutes of the regular meeting of March 8, 2021, and the special meeting of March 10, 2021, be adopted.

R4 V. Rooks, W. Schaffer:
THAT as per the Report of the Secretary-Treasurer, 8.2, the promissory note of One Million, Five Hundred Forty-Two Thousand, Four Hundred Dollars ($1,542,400) to meet various Division Projects as listed on Schedule B, be approved.

R5 K. Riehl, D. Burghart:
THAT as per the Report of the Secretary-Treasurer, 8.4, general cheques numbering 56602 to 56670, 2672 & 2673, 2675 & 2676, transfers (bank fees) and EFT’s, which includes general and payroll in the amount of $2,308,969.21 for the month ending February 28, 2021, be approved for payment.

R6 L. Evans, K. Riehl:
THAT the Board move to In-Camera.

R7 V. Rooks, L. Evans: THAT the Board move out of In-Camera.

R8 K. Riehl, D. Burghart: THAT the Staffing Reports of the Superintendent/CEO, 7.2 and 16.2.1, be ratified.

R9 W. Schaffer, K. Highmoor: THAT we do now adjourn at 10:54 p.m.