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Board Highlights (November 2017)

November 24, 2017

Notes from the November 22, 2017 Regular (Public) Meeting of the South East Cornerstone Public School Division (SECPSD) Board of Education

logo-vertical.jpgDeputy Director/Human Resources Report

Former Superintendent of Schools for the west service area, Keith Keating, who assumed his new position as Deputy Director of Education on August 1, 2017, presented a report to the Board in which he explained that his role oversees two main areas in the school division, namely, Human Resource Services and School Operations.  He provided two charts depicting the reorganized structure at the senior leadership level and then presented data on division staffing changes, noting that the school division employs 516.3 full time equivalent teacher (597 individuals) in addition to support staff. 

Mr. Keating mentioned the five employee agreements managed by the human resource services department and stated that risk management items taken into consideration during the past year were recruitment of key positions, management of agreements, and collective bargaining.

Further, the Deputy Director outlined several work areas that his department will target this year including the development of a five year best practices review as part of teacher supervision and evaluation, CUPE bargaining and timeline and  school priorities with Superintendents of Schools.  A focus on staffing and recruitment as well as monitoring of investigations, discipline and the grievance process will continue in addition to searching for efficiencies in both the human resources and school operations processes.

Mr. Keating replaces long time employee Kelly Hilkewich who served in several capacities until his retirement as Superintendent of Schools (west service area) in 2014 followed by a three year appointment as Deputy Director of Education which concluded in July 2017.

SECPSD Audited Financial Statements & Annual Report

The Board passed motions to approve the school division's Auditor's Report and Audited Financial Statement for the period ending August 31, 2017 as well as the school division's Annual Report for 2016-2017, both of which will be submitted to the Ministry of Education for approval.

While presenting the Auditor's Report and Audited Financial Statements for the period ending August 31, 2017 Shelley Toth, Chief Financial Officer, explained that the 2016-2017 fiscal year resulted in revenues of $102.6 million (0.9% higher than budget) and expenses of $104.5 million (2.7% lower than budget), for a net deficit of $1.9 million which, due to the division's efforts to find efficiencies and support the government's request for fiscal restraint, was considerably lower than the budgeted deficit of $5.6 million. Some of the past year's revenue sources were taxes, provincial restricted funding for major capital projects and preventative maintenance and renewal (PMR) funding for facility maintenance as well as the recognition of a non-cash donation of $1.14 million dollars from the Estevan Summer Games Incorporation for track, equipment and storage building donation to the Estevan Comprehensive School, with the majority of the division's operating revenue being determined and provided through the provincial funding formula.

The report indicated that salaries and benefits accounted for the majority of the division's expenses and came in $1.3 million under budget, which was reflective of the provincial hiring freeze and lower than budget wage increases.  Efforts made by the school division's budget managers in every functional area to reduce expenditures, resulted in lower than budgeted expenses for several items such as travel, professional development and services.  Goods and services accounted for 19.6% of the division's operating expenses and were $1.7 million under budget.  As a result of a rather warm winter costs savings were found in heating fuel ($459,000). Also under budget were bus fuel ($207,000) and contracted busing ($212,000).

By-Election, City of Estevan

With the resignation of board member Pam Currie, who has relocated outside of the school division, the Board passed a motion to hold a by-election in the City of Estevan on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 with nomination day being Wednesday, January 31, 2018.  Board Chair Audrey Trombley expressed appreciation for Ms. Currie's dedication to education and many years of service since her commencement as a board member which dates pre-amalgamation when she served on the Estevan Public School Board twenty years ago. Ms. Currie's exuberant presence will definitely be missed at the board table.

Articles by Norm Park

Articles submitted by Norm Park, contracted reporter for SECPSD, are available at these links:  Cornerstone Reorganization, Currie Leaves Board, Financial Report and Leadership Changes.

Upcoming Meetings

November 30, 2017Radville Education Committee Meeting
November 30, 2017Meeting with Saskatchewan Party Candidates
December 5, 2017Board Strategic Planning Meeting
December 20, 2017Committee-of-the-Whole Board Meeting
December 20, 2017Regular (Public) Board Meeting

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

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