Swan Valley School Division Minutes – March 15, 2022

Swan Valley
School Division

Executive Summary of the
March 15, 2022
Board Meeting

Submitted by:
Cameron Mateika,

1. The board met with Sapotaweyak Chief Nelson Genaille and Education Director Margaret Leask to discuss the SVSD and SCN partnership with our high school and adult students. The discussion centered on the existing programs that we have developed together and some of the future needs of the SCN community. The board thanked Chief Genaille and Margaret for their leadership, their vision, and the trust that they have placed on our educational system. The board looks forward to future possibilities as we continue to work with SCN.

2. Principal Jocelyn Bender gave a presentation on Benito School. She outlined all the initiatives that have addressed the learning outcomes for their students. She summarized the many challenges that the staff and students face within their learning community. The data that was provided helped the board understand the complexity of the job of teaching our young people. The board was pleased with the dedication of the administration, teachers, and support staff in Benito School.

3. The Teacher Idea Fund project concerning Co-Regulation rooms that has been submitted was reviewed. Modifications to existing projects that have been approved were highlighted.

4. Staffing changes and additions were reviewed. The board acknowledged the well-trained young people returning to the SVSD to begin their careers.

5. NITT has done some initial planning with Brandon University to try to establish the PENT teacher training program in Swan River. The board was briefed on a meeting with Debra Mayer who is an Early Childhood Consultant with the Department of Education. The Department is writing Curriculum that would create an Early Childhood Course Cluster that would give High School Students advanced placement into the ECEII program. A start date of Sept 2023 is the Department’s target.

6. Brad Klekta, Transportation Supervisor, presented the Bus Replacement proposal. The board approved the purchase of three new buses.

7. The SVSD Board will meet on March 21st to finalize the budget.

Minutes of the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees held in the Division Office Board Room on March 14, 2022, commencing at 7:10 p.m.

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

The Board met with Chief Nelson Genaille, and Margaret Leask, Director of Education, from the Sapotaweyak Cree Nation, prior to the commencement of the Regular Board Meeting.

Additions to Agenda
By Board consensus the following addition to the Agenda was approved:
8.9 Capital School Bus Reserve
10.3 MSBA AGM March 11th
16.2.4 Personnel

R1 D. Burghart; K. Highmoor:
THAT the Minutes of the regular meeting of February 28, 2022 be adopted.

R2 K. Riehl, L. Evans:
THAT as per agenda item 8.7 Photocopier Replacement be referred to In-Camera.

R3 W. Schaffer; V. Rooks:
THAT the verbal report of the Secretary-Treasurer 8.6 be received and the regular board meeting of March 28, 2022 be held on March 21, 2022. CARRIED

R4 V. Rooks; W. Schaffer:
THAT as per item 8.8, the Disbursement Report on Capital Projects be received, and invoices as outlined, be approved for payment.

K. Riehl; L. Evans:
THAT the Transportation Report 9.1 and the recommendation to purchase three school buses as outlined, be approved.

R6 W. Schaffer; V. Rooks:
THAT the Board move to In-Camera.

R7 K. Highmoor; V. Rooks:
THAT the Board move out of In-Camera.

R8 V. Rooks; D. Burghart:
THAT the Staffing Reports of the Superintendent/CEO, 7.2 and 16.2.1, be ratified.

R9 D. Burghart; W. Schaffer:
THAT we do now adjourn at 10:24 p.m.