September 10, 2014
Manning continues as Chair: At its annual organizational meeting, the Board of Trustees reappointed Bev Manning as Chair and Cathy Peacocke as Vice Chair. Committee appointment and liaison school assignments were also confirmed.
We keep on growing: With the school year underway, an update on student counts and district staffing was reviewed with the Board of Trustees:
|School Year||September Count||June Count|
|Staffing||September 2013||June 2014||September 2014|
Trustees plan a busy year: With the start of another school year, the Board reviewed its annual work plan. A busy year is expected with meetings, events, approval of plans and reports as well as opportunities to engage with the community and stakeholders on priorities for public education.
Journey’s nominated for Award of Excellence: A program that is meeting the needs of some of the most challenging students in area schools is being nominated for the Premier’s Award of School Board Innovation and Excellence.
Journeys is a year-round collaborative program developed to enhance services for central Alberta youth with highly complex developmental, mental health and behavioral needs. The program is providing a specialized placement option for students who are supported using a multidisciplinary approach to achieve success. The goal of the program is to transition youth back into the regular school program.
Journeys is a collaborative effort of Red Deer Public Schools as well as Chinook’s Edge School Division, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools, Wild Rose School Division and Wolf Creek School Division. Other partners include Alberta Health Services, Central Alberta Child and Family Services Authority and the City of Red Deer RCMP. As an exemplary program which incorporates best practices, the partners agreed to nominate Journeys for the Alberta Schools Boards Association’s Award of Excellence.
Foundation supports district priorities: Supporting programming aligned to the district priorities of literacy, equity and completion, the Foundation for Red Deer Public School shared its success over the last year in raising $170,000 to enhance and enrich learning opportunities for students. The Foundation provides the funding for Reading College, Bright Start and Finish Line programs that are made possible entirely through community support. In addition to these, the Foundation supports a variety of ongoing programs in the district. The Board appreciates the work of the Foundation in building community support for the district and our students.
The Rebels are Ready: Building on the success of the Red Deer is Ready campaign which helped our community secure the 2019 Canada Winter Games, the Board will offer a letter of support to the Red Deer Rebels in their bid to host the Memorial Cup. The Rebels are well connected with schools across the district.
- Minister of Education – responding to the Board’s request to extend the completion date for our new school in Inglewood School to allow the district to establish partnerships for shared facilities with the community
- Minister of Education- responding to the Board’s letter supporting the math curriculum believing the program of studies helps prepare students for their future.
- The first day of school was exciting particularly for our three new schools.
- Red Deer really did show they are ready to host the 2019 Canada Winter Games. We are excited to be a partner of the Games.
- The district Kick Off Event was outstanding in profiling our messages on Equity and Refresh.
- School Within a College with its focus on Automotive Service Technician held a kickoff event. This great program supports our priority of high school completion and transitions.
- The Board’s new Tuition Support Program for Classified Staff has been well received with over $3000 in requests to date...
- Be sure to buy your Smile Cookies next week. All proceeds support the Bright Start Program through the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools. This year’s goal is $30,000…that’s a lot of cookies!
- In responding to media inquiries on the new ATA Report on Inclusive Education, the Superintendent was pleased to highlight a number of initiatives that have supported the district moving forward in a positive way to implement Setting the Direction for Inclusive Education and providing students with education in the most enabling environment