August 27, 2014
Modernization at Annie L Gaetz moving ahead: Despite coming in over budget, the Board of Trustees approved a tender from Shunda Construction on the $5.2 million modernization at Annie L Gaetz School. With an anticipated shortfall of $976,000, the district will go to the government requesting additional support as well as look at other contingency plans to allow the project to move forward.
Outstanding science teacher recognized: From getting community support to add solar panels to the school, to bringing animal parts into the science lab for students to dissect, Dan Reitsma makes science interesting and exciting for students at Glendale Science and Technology School. Reitsma was recognized by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geosciences of Alberta as an exceptional teacher. Recipients are chosen for their superior teaching skills and ability to inspire learning in math and science. The recognition includes a $2000 award that can be used to advance science and math education at the school.
Cycling race will impact schools: The Tour of Alberta cycling race will result in early dismissal of schools located in proximity to the race route. With the route circling the downtown core and a number of road closures in effect, students and staff at Central, Gateway, Lindsay Thurber, Alternative School Centre and Grandview will be dismissed at noon to alleviate bussing and transportation issues and to encourage them to be spectators at the event.
Trustees anticipate a busy year: With the start of another school year, the Board reviewed its annual work plan. A busy year is planned with meetings, events, approval of plans and reports as well as opportunities to engage with the community and stakeholders on priorities for public education.
- Minister of Education – request extension for the opening of new Inglewood school to September 2017 in order to explore opportunities for potential community partnerships.
- Minister of Education - District response to the Taskforce on Teaching Excellence Report highlighting many local initiatives that support teaching excellence
- Minister of Education, Premier and Opposition Leaders – Following recent debate on the relevance and effectiveness of the provincial math curriculum, the Board shared the district’s perspectives and support for the curriculum and the need to ensure mathematics is best preparing students for their future.
- The Board and Senior Administration are excited to be back to school… It’s going to be a great year!
- Kudos to our Facility Services team for their outstanding work over the summer given several large projects and challenging circumstances. The team is done exceptional work.
- As her term as Zone Director comes to an end, Trustee Macaulay reflected on the important and valuable work of the Alberta School Boards Association.
- New Teacher Orientation – The district hosted an orientation session and welcomed ten new teachers who are excited to be joining our district.
- Group2 Architects have been chosen as the design consultants for the new school in Inglewood.
- The third summer of Reading College was once again a huge success—58 students entering grade 3 had the best summer ever!
- MP Earl Dreeshen hosted a focus group including Trustee Peacocke seeking input on suicide prevention programming and services.