Board Highlights - November 13
The Board acknowledges the traditional territories of the peoples of Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta and the Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3.
Presentation: Oilfields High School
Principal Chet Musgrove and Vice Principal Tim Hasiuk presented. The school’s commitment is to:
- design rigorous and relevant learning
- utilize mastery learning instructional strategies
- apply strong assessment practice to help learners grow
- respond to the needs and strengths of learners
- and challenge learners to apply their understanding in relevant and novel ways.
Administration explained the supports in place for students and the opportunities available to students including extracurricular programs. The school leadership team spoke about their plans and activities that engage, support, and provide success for their students, staff team, and school community.
At the Foothills School Division Board meeting, held on November 13 2019, it was decided that Millarville Community School will remain a Kindergarten to Grade 8 grade configuration. After reviewing the online feedback and a report generated by School Division administration, the Board of Trustees voted to defeat a motion to reconfigure Millarville Community School. This decision was made after reflective and careful consideration to the information received both at the in person and online consultations. The Board was appreciative of the additional feedback given in addition to the configuration being debated and felt that this information should be discussed further and perhaps considered by the Board at a later date in time.
Policy 1 - Division Foundational Statements
The Board accepted final reading. Policy 1 – Division Foundational Statements received first reading on September 4, 2019. It was further reviewed extensively by stakeholders including staff, students, and the broader community. The edited version incorporating 40 changes based on consultation feedback was presented and is available online.
Classroom / Program Innovative Projects
Assistant Superintendent Caroline Roberts and Trustee Sharon Nichols presented on behalf of the CPIP Committee. Collaborative teams of staff, students and parents of Foothills School Division were encouraged and invited to submit proposals for the Classroom Practice Innovative Projects Grant from Foothills School Division Board of Trustees. Proposed innovative and creative projects must meet the criteria outlined in the application and be aligned with Foothills School Division’s mission, beliefs and commitments. Seventeen applications were made, four of which were approved by the Board of Trustees:
- Mindful and Therapeutic Drumming Program – Dr Morris Gibson School – $11,500
- Music Composition Project – Ecole Senator Riley School – $6,000
- Technology and Deep Learning Project – Meadow Ridge School – $5,000
- Indigenous Student Support Initiative – Oilfields High School – $15,000 Year 1 / $15,000 Year 2
It was stated that FSD will always endeavor to provide quality education to all students regardless of the economic climate.
Policy 13 - Appeals and Hearing Regarding Student Matters
The Board accepted the first reading of Policy 13 – Appeals and Hearings Regarding Student Matters. Comments regarding this Policy should be submitted to by email no later than January 8, 2019. All feedback received will be shared with the Board of Trustees for their consideration in approving the final version of the policy.
Director of Student Learning (JK-6) Report
Kevin Newman provided a detailed report to the Board which addressed goals and strategic plans as follows:
- Success for Each Learner
- Outcome: Learners are Literate
- Strategic Plan: Advance a system-wide Literacy Framework and Continuum
- Engagement for Each Learner
- Outcome: Learners communicate, collaborate, think critically and solve problems collectively in advancing educational excellence
- Strategic Plan:Advance system-wide community supports and partnerships.
Also presented were partnerships with community and other government services that support youth in our community.
Capital Update Report
Assistant Superintendent Drew Chipman provided a report on current capital projects which included updates on the Aldersyde Bus Expansion; Sound System Upgrades; Longview Culture Awareness Room; Bus Exit at ESFCHS/AHSFA; Blackie Modernization; Modular Classrooms; and Brant Christian School.
Budget Update Report
Administration reported on the impact that the recently released Provincial Budget will have on Foothills School Division. Reductions in class size funding and the school fee grant coupled with increases in insurance costs will move the current projected deficit from $2.6 million to approximately $4.4 million. The Division will be moving forward with a public consultation process on how to best meet these challenges for this and future years.
Board Chair Larry Albrecht reiterated that it is our mission to provide high quality education for our students.
Board Self Evaluation
The Board recently spent time evaluating their work over the past year. The Board has also set goals for this current year. Board Chair Albrecht applauded the work of the Trustees in terms of keeping track of the work being done throughout the year. Appreciation was given to Superintendent Fuzessy and all staff for working productively with them.
Public Announcements / Recognition / Division Highlights
- Trustees attended many Remembrance Day services throughout the Division and thanked the organizers and parents involved. It was noted how engaged and actively involved our students were and the amazing support provided by families, the Legion, RCMP, and community members. Trustee Molyneux mentioned the indigenous contributions to the ceremonies at Oilfields High and Longview Schools which was particularly moving.
- The Board appreciates all the efforts and support from staff and parents involved in the X-Country and Volleyball seasons that are wrapping up across the Division.
- A public meeting was conducted to receive feedback around the proposed bus egress at ESFCHS/AHSFA. Board Chair Albrecht thanks Mr Chipman for the incredible amount of time he spent providing clarity to those in attendance.
- Meadow Ridge School was recognized in the Award Magazine for its innovative design.
- Take Our Kids to Work Day proved to be another successful event.
- Halloween brought lots of fun for students and staff! Kudos to the many school who incorporated a Reverse Trick or Treat where the students raised food for the Food Bank. Through combined school efforts, thousands of pounds of food were donated to the food bank to support the community.
- A thank you card was received from McGill University for permitting Superintendent Fuzessy to present at the university. In turn, Mr Fuzessy thanked the Board for allowing him to attend.