3004, 2014

Glastonbury Community League Annual General Meeting April 29 2014

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Thanks to President Jason and the rest of the Community League for the opportunity to present the Bessie Nichols and Winterburn Schools attendance area changes.  The efforts of the Community League and the residents west of Henday had a tremendous impact on shaping the decisions to better meet community desires. These include: retaining the K-Grade 9 configuration; grandfathering of current students; choosing Hillcrest Junior High for those JH students not covered by grandfathering to try and avoid a bus transfer at West Edmonton Mall; the Board’s decision to fund modulars and portables for Bessie Nichols from District capital reserves; successful advocacy for the new Lewis Farms junior high school for 2016; and ranking  a new K-9school for Granville / Glastonbury as the District’s #2 priority request for provincial capital funding.

It was great to share the stage with MLA Matt Jeneroux and to once again see Councillor Michael Oshry present.  Having worked with Matt and Michael, I believe the community is very well served by both these dedicated and responsive elected folks.

Thanks for making my job in serving the community very rewarding.

3004, 2014

Patricia Heights School Council April 29 2014

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Thanks to the Council and Principal Ringrose for permitting me to join their meeting and for sharing some of their pressing infrastructure needs.  I will raise these with District administration. Patricia Heights is yet another school whose programs, results, and enrolment reflect extremely supportive parents and community. Well done!

2904, 2014

Aldergrove School Council April 28 2014

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Thanks to the Council and Principal Patterson for permitting me to join their meeting and for the school tour after the meeting.  Aldergrove is a great school strongly supported by parents and the community.  Truly a gem in west Edmonton!

2404, 2014

Cameron Heights Community League AGM April 23 2014

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Thanks to Cameron Heights for letting me attend their Annual General Meeting.  Kudos to the Community League for raising over $750,000 (so far!) for community enhancements.

2204, 2014

Highlights of April 22 2014 Board Meeting

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Trustees approved part 1 of the 2014-2015 Budget known as the Distribution of Funds.  The Distribution of Funds allocates the total budget between schools and the business units of the District.  The amount of funds provided by the Provincial Government for 2014-2015 covers enrolment growth, but per pupil funding and staff unit costs are virtually unchanged from the previous year.  While the new funds are limited, keep in mind the 2013-2014 Budget was a $30 million reduction from 2012-2013. Issues of large class sizes, limited resources for inclusive settings for special needs and for a growing English language learner population, and continued investment in equipment, facilities, and staff remain. Part 2 of the Budget in the coming weeks will allocate the funds among schools based on per pupil allotments based on a number of defined classifications.

Trustees also approved the 10 year and 3 year capital plans.  The 10 year plan provides a forecast of school space required, and the 3 year plan requests of the Provincial Government  new schools and modernizations for the next 3 years. The Board continues to advocate as enrolment projections suggest the need for 15-20 new schools by 2019.  I am pleased that a new K-9 school for Glastonbury or Granville is the District’s #2 priority request. The #1 priority is for a new school for Windermere, which has no school options within many kilometers.   The Superintendent confirmed in his response to my question that EPSB is proactive in seeking partners for shared facilities (for example, partnering with the City to add a public library to a school) as one means to enhance the likelihood of obtaining funding.