2604, 2016

School Board Meeting April 26, 2016

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Today, the Board approved the distribution of funds.  The distribution of funds sets the stage for allocation of the funds received from the Provincial Education Budget to schools and central decision units.

I supported the Distribution because it puts our funds to support District priorities and values through a number of approaches:

  • the vast majority of the funds are allocated to classrooms, supporting students first
  • the prudent investment of reserves to supplement the stand-pat dollars provided by the Province
  • the allocations to the Central units also directly support students, with allocations for initiatives in support of literacy, numeracy, intercultural / English Language Learners, early years literacy, and mental health
  • other allocations are to build staff capacity through professional development, summer institutes, and principal readiness
  • continued support for the Equity Fund to address emerging needs in individual schools that could not be foreseen at the time individual schools develop their budgets
  • additional investments are made to support staff in better performing their jobs through evidence-based decision making, including the dashboard indicators project and student assessment
  • initiatives that support the Districts broader aims in providing efficient, functional high quality classrooms in schools throughout the City, and
  • initiatives to strengthen our partnerships with the broader community.

 

2604, 2016

Lynnwood School Council, April 25, 2016

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Thanks to Chair Phil, the rest of Council, and Principal Shen for welcoming me to the Council meeting. I was interested in learning about the school’s focus on project based learning, and the success of the Minecraft presentation on 1800s era Alberta April 19th.

I was also pleased to learn from Principal Shen how well the District Equity Fund (a pool of funds allocated to assist schools with emerging, unique needs that are unanticipated at budget time) has helped Lynnwood School.  This is important information to share with fellow Trustees as we plan next year’s District budget allocations.

2604, 2016

Bessie Nichols School Council Meeting April 25, 2016

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Thanks to Chair Selby, the rest of Council, and Principal Allen for welcoming me to the Council meeting.  I was impressed with the school’s plans to continue to provide great programming next year for nearly 1100 students on essentially a stand-pat budget.

I was proud to have participated in the inaugural career day on April 12th and look forward to building the partnership between the construction industry and the construction lab.

A big congratulations to Michele and the rest of the community for raising the funds to complete the playground.  Michelle is inviting the community to the school library May 17th for the playground reveal!