2611, 2014

Highlights of the Board Meeting November 25, 2014

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The Board:

– approved its Strategic Work Plan to focus on infrastructure, early education, and career pathways in support of achievement of the District Plan.

– had a clean financial audit, eliminated a structural deficit in which accumulated surpluses at schools exceeded available District funds, and invested $40 million surplus operating funds towards $11.9 million in capital reserves and $28.6 million in a new District Sustainability Fund to address  high priority planned expenses in addition to emergent district-wide issues.

– approved a revised Fall Budget in which accumulated operating reserves are used to supplement funds from Government to better meet the needs of students.  Additional funds from Government were realized largely because of increased enrollment at September 30 compared to the budget prepared in Spring 2014.

– reviewed last year’s results and approved a 3 year education plan emphasizing building staff capacity to strengthen literacy, numeracy, early years learning, citizenship and preparation for success beyond grade 12, in supporting the needs of our increasingly diverse learners.

– reviewed the Superintendent’s report on past year’s progress and plans for the current year.  Not surprisingly, the Superintendent’s report is very consistent with the 3 year plan.

– celebrated the election of Alberta’s first student trustee. Ms. Johannah Ko is a student at Edmonton Christian High School.

2011, 2014

Results Review November 19, 2014

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I had the privilege today to review the past year’s results and this year’s plans for Aldergrove, Centennial, Lynnwood, Orsmby, Talmud Torah, and Thorncliffe schools, as well as for the District Outreach programs for at risk high school students.  It was a pleasure to participate in the Review with Assistant Superintendent Bolan, and also Superintendent Robertson.

I was inspired and moved by the dedication, commitment, and creative approaches District staff, parents, and partners use every day to help prepare students for success.

I heard of ongoing assessment practice and professional development to strengthen literacy and mathematics skills, along with initiatives to develop problem solving, teamwork and communication skills necessary in our modern society.  I was impressed by the focus, motivation, and collaboration to provide programming and support to serve the needs of each student.

I learned of the leadership displayed by the students themselves in helping younger students, in building community through volunteer and neighborhood activities, and in managing their own learning.

I thank the staff presenters led by Principals Patterson, Sader, Godfrey, Marshall, Yeoman, Boyle, and Fouts-Mitchell and parents Jolene, Amy, Rebecca and Frida for their comments.  I truly wish every parent and community member could be present at Results Review to hear the amazing results of student growth and development.

Students face many challenges and come from many backgrounds.  I feel tremendous appreciation for the selfless work of so many to create a better future for all.

1811, 2014

S. Bruce Smith School Council Meeting November 17, 2014

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Thanks to Principal Watson, Chair Darlene and the rest of Council for allowing me to join their Council meeting tonight.  It was very encouraging to hear the leadership and maturity displayed by SBS students in a number of events, including the Remembrance Day ceremonies, the food bank fundraiser We Scare Hunger, and the student organized Community Halloween Party hosting 150 community children.  Well done SBS!