Highlights from the June 21 meeting of the South East Cornerstone Public School Board:
*The board will continue to partner with the Treaty 4 Student Success Program for the 2012-2013 school year, with a contract for services of 39 days.
*The board has appointed superintendent of division services and chief financial officer Shelley Toth, or her designate, to serve as returning officer for school board elections that will happen in October.
*The signing authorities for business other than employment contracts will be: one of chairperson Carol Flynn, vice-chair Pam Currie or director of education Marc Casavant, and one of Toth, manager of finance Marilyn Yurkiw or manager of payroll Bruce Kwochka. For employment contracts, except for the director of education, signing authorities will be: Flynn or Casavant, and one of superintendent of human resources Gord Husband or manager of human resources Diana Welter.
*The board approved the revised wording of system goal No. 4, from “Our Division builds, strengthens and maintains positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders,” to “Our Division systematically builds, strengthens and maintains two-way communication with internal and external stakeholders.”
*The division will work with the Holy Family Roman Catholic Separate School Division to renew the governance authority agreements with Holy Family for the Estevan Comprehensive School, the Weyburn Comprehensive School and Radville Regional High School.
*The board will partner with the South East Cornerstone Teachers' Association to equally share in the 40 per cent release time costs for the teachers' association's president in the 2012-2013 school year.
*An application to initiate a Stage 1 Facility Study for a new school in Carlyle, which would replace the Gordon F. Kells High School and Carlyle Elementary School, was approved by the board, and submitted to the Ministry of Education.
*An analysis of the third quarter financial report of the SECPSD, from March 1 to May 31, shows that the division has received 56 per cent of its budgeted revenues and has spent 80 per cent of its budgeted expenses.
*The percentage of SECPSD students scoring as proficient and the percentage scoring as adequate are similar to, or significantly higher than, the provincial norms on the province’s Assessment for Learning (AFL) math assessment for Grades 5, 8 and 11. In order to improve the processes used in math instruction, the division has developed curriculum implementation workshops for kindergarten to Grade 12 students, as well as a Kindergarten to Grade 9 math leadership team. In-school support and administrative support are provided, and math curriculum consultants and others are on hand to aid in the process.