2406, 2014

Highlights of the June 24 2014 Board meeting

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The Board approved consideration of a replacement school for the greater Lawton (Beverly) neighborhood.  See report here.  The consultation process was very favorable with strong community support for the replacement school.  The District will learn from this process and engage in dialogue with other communities. I am personally very pleased as I campaigned on this type of approach.

The Board also approved the 2014-2015 budget (see report here).  The budget does not increase per pupil funding amounts, but the budget incorporates funds for the anticipated increase in enrolment. Staff unit costs are also unchanged from last year.  The District will draw down operating reserves by $11 million and transportation reserves by nearly $3 million for this budget.  This limits the future ability of the District to invest in improvements for students and to cushion changes in costs.

There were also a response from administration about the District experience with P3 schools and on optimal enrolment limits (here).

 

2306, 2014

WWWCCCL Summer Kickoff Party / Soccer Windup June 22 2014

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Sue and I enjoyed manning the drinks and chips stand for part of the Westridge Wolf Willow Country Club Community League party.  Kudos to Courtney, Beatrice, and the rest of the other volunteers for their efforts.

2106, 2014

International Family Festival and BBQ Rio Terrace School June 20 2014

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Thanks to Sonja, Michel, and the rest of Council, along with Principal Langenhahn for the opportunity to join the Festival. A warm night, visiting with old and new friends, and bratwurst smokies – fantastic!

2006, 2014

Edmonton Public Staff Retirement Banquet June 19 2014

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The annual banquet is a favorite event because long time friends and colleagues come together, reminisce, and share exciting new plans.  Our dedicated staff cannot be thanked enough and it is so inspiring to recognize the decades of passion and dedication to Edmonton students and their families.  Many of the attendees this year had served well in excess of 20 years, with as much as 44 years! We had the pleasure of sitting with Joyce Eddy (Lee Ridge School) and her husband Bill, Craig Frizzell (Callingwood School) and his wife Mae (who taught our daughter in law Kim and son Andrew at Westminster Junior High), Lorraine Ringrose (Principal, Patricia Heights school) and her friend Bev Crossman (previous retiree and Principal of MAK), and Jennifer Wan (Ormsby School) and her daughter Janice.  The experiences and plans at our table alone were impressive and made me quite envious! Thanks again and bon voyage!

1406, 2014

Patricia Heights School BBQ June 13 2014

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Thanks to Linda and the rest of Council for inviting Sue and I to join the celebration!

1306, 2014

Aldergrove School BBQ June 12 2014

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Many thanks to Chair Lori and Principal Karen Patterson for the invitation to attend the Aldergrove School BBQ.  It was a pleasure visiting with students, parents, and staff!