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Board Highlights (June 2017)

June 23, 2017

logo-vertical.jpgNotes from the Thursday, June 15, 2017 Regular (Public) Meeting of the South East Cornerstone Public School Division (SECPSD) Board of Education



The Board was proud to celebrate the achievements of two teachers, both from Weyburn Comprehensive School, who were recent recipients of national awards.  In attendance were Margot Arnold who received a Certificate of Achievement for the Prime Minister's Award of Teaching Excellence and Karen Kennedy-Allin who during the board meeting was presented with the Canadian Association of Physics Award for Excellence in Teaching High School Physics by Rob Blyth, Science Project Manager with The Canadian Light Source. Both award recipients shared presentations outlining their subject expertise and the resulting outstanding achievements of their students.

Delegation-Hillcrest School Community Council

In attendance from the Hillcrest School Community Council were three individuals who provided the Board with a presentation with respect to staffing at their school.  The Board will review and consider the data received.

Quarterly Transportation Report

Andy Dobson, Manager of Facilities & Transportation, presented the Board with a report which focused on performance indicators as well as department challenges and work plan.  He reported that all shops have been audited and staff are going through the process to ensure all safety is covered off, a task which will be completed by August 31. In addition, the department is working on purging retired older model buses and fleet vehicles, reviewing possible route consolidations, looking into efficiencies among three shops, i.e. common purchasing, as well as preparing for participation in a provincial fuel standing offer with the Federated Cooperative.  Further, Mr. Dobson reported that although bus cancellations are extremely low at this time of year and the lack of sub drivers continues to result in some route cancellations, bus driver recruitment efforts are ongoing.

Preventative Maintenance & Renewal (PMR) Plan

As the result of changing priorities due to unforeseen issues that arose, the Board approved an amendment form with updates to the 2017-2018 portion of SECPSD's Preventative Maintenance and Renewal Plan and also approved the three year Preventative Maintenance and Renewal Plan for the years 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 presented for consideration.  In his report, Andy Dobson explained that PMR funding has increased every year with up to $2.13 million allocated to SECPSD this year with all the funds going directly back into our schools, i.e. for roof and boiler replacements, heating and ventilation system upgrades and installation, decommissioning of school space, and the removal of decommissioned portables.  Mr. Dobson's report ended on a note of celebration in that the Weyburn Comprehensive School project is now 99.9% complete.

Installation of Signage at Stoughton Central School

As requested by the Stoughton Central School Community Council, the Board passed a motion permitting the installation of signage on school property in recognition of a significant donation from Richardson Pioneer Ltd. for the construction of a new play structure at the school.

Closure of Souris School

Whereas the Board received approval by the Ministry of Education to design a new elementary school in Weyburn, and after consultation with the Souris School Community Council as well as parents and guardians of Souris School students, a motion was passed to close Souris School at the same time as Queen Elizabeth School and Haig School are closed, in order to transition the students from Souris School to the new elementary school.  Closure of the three schools is anticipated to occur in about three years' time.

Revised Board Indemnity Rates

In light of Ministry of Education reductions in funding for Board governance, a motion to reduce board member remuneration effective September 1, 2017 to ensure there are sufficient funds to adequately deal with community needs and to cover the work of the board received Board approval.

Quarterly Operating Financial Report

The Quarterly Finance Report was presented by Marilyn Yurkiw, Manager of Finance.  This report reflected revenue and expenses incurred up to May 31, 2017.  The Statement of Operations indicates that revenue of $31,778,474 was received up to May 31, 2017, while expenses incurred up to this period of time were $80,451,840. Current year to date expenditures equate to 74.9% of the budget indicating that the Division is on track financially for the 2016-2017 budget year, even though there have been some additional expenses and adjustments to revenue within the year.  Input was sought from all budget managers and their respective submissions were compiled to complete a projection for the remainder of the year which was included with the report.  Total revenues for the year are projected to be $100,776 higher than budget while expenses are projected to be under budget by $1,137,488.  Additions to tangible assets are projected to be over budget by $168,751.

Articles by Norm Park

Articles submitted by Norm Park, contracted reporter for SECPSD, are available at these links:  Hillcrest SCC Presentation, Transportation Report and Weyburn Educators Recognized and Cornerstone Finances.


Upcoming Meetings

 August 23-24/17 Board Annual Strategic Planning Meeting

August 31/17       Teachers' Convention and SEDAA AGM

August 31/17       Board Strategic Planning Meeting

September 20/17 Committee-of-the-Whole Board Meeting

September 20/17 Regular (Public) Board Meeting


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South East Cornerstone Public School Division

80A-18th Street N.E., Weyburn, SK  S4H 2W4

Telephone:  (306) 848-0080