Updates

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May 17, 2021

Special Board Meeting March 25, 2021

The Board held a special meeting on March 25 to approve a motion to update our modular request to move two additional modulars from ecole Campbelltown to Ardrossan Jr/sr.  This will result in a total of 4 modulars being removed from ecole Campbelltown and 2 from Pine Street. 

Also at the special meeting, we approved the use of To Be Allocated funds to hire three full time Family School Liaison Workers to connect with identified out of school learners who we have had limited connections with. This work is part of our COVID Recovery Plan.  This work will start early April and continue until the end of June. 

2020-21 Budget Adjustments

The Board reviewed our COVID costs in April. As we consider the trends for the remainder of the year, we are projecting a surplus in staff illness and PPE. Adjustments were made to our COVID response budget to align with our new cost projections. Some of these surplus dollars have been reallocated to cover the cost of the upcoming election, furniture and equipment for four modulars that we are requesting to be relocated to Ardrossan Jr/Sr and SouthPointe, analyzing new curriculum, evergreening some student computers and emergency notification system for our senior high CTS labs, with the remaining being transferred To Be Allocated to be reallocated to address future pressure points once identified.

2021-22 Budget Planning

The Board held numerous budget working sessions in March and April to establish budget assumptions that our 2021-22 budget will be built on and review our reserve projections to establish a two-year reserve plan.  The reserve plan takes into account our COVID 19 response, COVID 19 recovery plan, along with supporting EIPS Mission and Values and Priority One and Two of our Four Year Education Plan. 

Mission
To provide high-quality, student-centred education that builds strong, healthy communities.

Values

  • Commitment to being a student-centred learning organization
  • Decisions are made in the best interests of all students
  • Integrity, honesty and respect are essential
  • Flexible and engaging learning opportunities are key to student achievement
  • Recognition that every student can learn and experience success
  • Partnerships play a valuable role in meeting the needs of student

PRIORITY 1

Promote growth and success for all students

GOAL 1 EXCELLENT START TO LEARNING

Outcome: More children reach developmental milestones by Grade 1.

GOAL 2 SUCCESS FOR EVERY STUDENT

Outcome: More students are engaged in school and achieve student-learning outcomes.

Outcome: More students achieve a minimum of one year’s growth in literacy and numeracy.

Outcome: Self-identified First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and English Second Language students are demonstrating growth in achievement.

Outcome:More students are supported and prepared for life beyond high school.

PRIORITY 2

Enhance high-quality learning and working Environments

GOAL 1 POSITIVE LEARNING AND WORKING ENVIRONMENTS

Outcome: The Division’s learning and working environments are welcoming, inclusive, respectful and safe.

GOAL 2 QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ALL

Outcome: Student learning is supported through the use of effective planning, management and investment in Division infrastructure.

GOAL 3 A CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Outcome: The Division uses evidence-based practices to support and enhance the quality of teaching, learning and leading.

The Board approved a two-year reserve plan at its April 22, 2021 Board Meeting that has a value of $5.76M with $4.66M being spent in year one with the remaining $1.1M being spent in year two. Highlights from the reserve plan are:

Response to COVID 2021-22

  • $2.1M response to COVID costs (PPE and sanitization)

COVID Recovery Plan

  • $1M Focus on Learning Loss – targeted support for identified students in need of intervention to address learning loss caused by the pandemic (2-year commitment. $500K per year)
  • $500K Student Social Emotional Support – each school will receive funds to assist with the increase social emotional needs of our students as result of the pandemic (1 Year commitment)
  • $116K Home Education (1 Year commitment) EIPS will not be providing an out of school learning option for the 2021-22 school year. EIPS fundamentally believes that it is the best for students to be physically present in school.  As we transition to COVID recovery EIPS will be offering a Home Education option for only one year. This option will only be offered to those currently registered in out of school learning and will be offered through Next Step.  Those that choose the Home Education option will be committed to the program for the full school year and will not be offered an opportunity to transition back to the classroom during the 2021-22 school year.
  • $50K Post COVID Mental Health of Staff (1 Year commitment)

Mission, Values and Four-Year Education Plan

  • $130 Career Pathway’s Consultant (2 Year commitment) – will review Career Foundations Studies and Career Technology Studies for junior and senior high.  Will also explore partnerships with local industries and post secondary’s that will provide opportunities for our students. Priority 1 Goal 2 Outcomes More students are engaged in school and achieve student-learning outcomes. More students are supported and prepared for life beyond high school
  • $393 K Consultants (2 Year Commitment. Numeracy, early leaning and assessment) Priority 1 Goal 1 and 2 Outcomes More children reach developmental milestones by Grade 1. More students are engaged in school and achieve student-learning outcomes. More students achieve a minimum of one year’s growth in literacy and numeracy. Self-identified First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and English Second Language students are demonstrating growth in achievement Priority 2 Goal 3 Outcome The Division uses evidence-based practices to support and enhance the quality of teaching, learning and leading
  • $175K Preparation for K-6 new curriculum (1 Year commitment) Priority 2 Goal 3 Outcome The Division uses evidence-based practices to support and enhance the quality of teaching, learning and leading
  • $20K Junior High Honours(1 Year Commitment) – The Board approved a system Junior High Honours Program.  The funds will be used to develop enhanced materials and ensure consistency among the three school sites. Priority 1 Outcome Goal 2 More students are engaged in school and achieve student-learning outcomes. Priority 2 Goal 3 Outcome The Division uses evidence-based practices to support and enhance the quality of teaching, learning and leading
  • $250K Modular Mechanical Cooling program Year three.  This program was suspended in November 2019 when a number of grants were suspended by the government mid school year.  In order to prevent disruption to learning in the classroom all allocated reserves were redirected to stabilize learning. Priority 2 Goal 2 Outcome Student learning is supported through the use of effective planning, management and investment in Division infrastructure.
  • $130K Professional Development to enhanced use of Division Software (1 Year Commitment) Priority 2 Goal 3 Outcome The Division uses evidence-based practices to support and enhance the quality of teaching, learning and leading
  • $75K Professional Development (OTAGS) and Leadership Development (2 Year Commitment Priority 2 Goal 3 Outcome The Division uses evidence-based practices to support and enhance the quality of teaching, learning and leading
  • $60K Reader Writers Workshop (1 Year Commitment) Priority 1 Goal 2 Outcome More students are engaged in school and achieve student-learning outcomes. More students achieve a minimum of one year’s growth in literacy and numeracy. Self-identified First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and English Second Language students are demonstrating growth in achievement. Priority 2 Goal 3 Outcome The Division uses evidence-based practices to support and enhance the quality of teaching, learning and leading

2021-22 Fees

The Board approved Administrative fees and School Fees at the April 22, 2021 Board meeting. I would like to highlight that there will be no changes to the student transportation fees.

K-6 Draft Curriculum

As stated, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is not piloting the draft K-6 curriculum in the 2021-22 school year—a decision made well before the release of the draft curriculum. Heading into next year, the Division’s No. 1 priority is student learning, addressing any achievement gaps that have occurred because of the pandemic and providing learners with as near-normal school operations as possible.

It’s been a challenging year for everyone. In the 2019-20 school year, all schools were closed, and students and teachers transitioned to out-of-school learning in mid-March. This year, as a result of the pandemic, students and teachers have frequently had to transition from in-school to out-of-school learning, causing disruptions in teaching and learning. Piloting a new curriculum so soon will present additional challenges to school communities.

March 29 Board Chair’s and Superintendents met with the Minister of Education to be debriefed on the release of the K-6 Draft Curriculum.

Since the release of the draft curriculum The Board and  Division have reviewed the draft K-6 curriculum and collected expert-level input from Janice Aubry a curriculum expert of considerable renown not only in Alberta, but on the international front.  The report developed by Janice Aubry provided the Board a high-level governance summary of the strengths, opportunities for improvement and areas of concern.  A copy of this report was sent to the Minister as part of our initial feedback. EIPS parents will be provided a copy of this report so they too can gain a greater understanding of strengths and what we have identified as areas needing to be addressed before this curriculum becomes mandatory for all Alberta Schools.   

We encourage parents and community members to take time to review report, the information provided by the Alberta Education and complete the survey that the Minister has set up to collect feedback on Alberta Education website. 

Public Board Meetings

The Board continues to livestream our Board meetings while our Boardroom is closed to the public. Our next meeting is on May 20 2021 to walk through the draft budget and will meet again on May 26 for it’s regular Board meeting where the budget will be approved. The the public portion will start at 9am on May 20 and 10am on May 26. The link can be found under the Trustee tab along with the meeting materials.