The South East Cornerstone Public School Board threw its support behind Estevan's bid for the 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games during its meeting on August 22.
The board has given the green light for the Estevan Comprehensive School to be used as the games village if Estevan is awarded the games. Also, the board has authorized a financial contribution of $225,000 for the construction of a new track on school property.
It will be amortized over a five-year period, with the first payment to be made in the 2014-15 school year budget.
If the bid is unsuccessful, the track will still be built on school property.
Other highlights from the meeting were:
*An application will be made to the Ministry of Education to borrow more than $7.7 million, repayable over a 20-year period, to pay for the construction of the Oxbow Prairie Horizons School.
*The board will apply the pre-April capital reserve balance of more than $3.8 million to the purchase of land adjacent to the division office in Weyburn. The reserve balance, as recorded in the accumulated surplus of the 2011-12 audited financial statement, will also be used for several roofing projects, as well as building renovations and capital equipment purchases, which will leave the reserve balance empty.
*The board verified the declaration of office for new trustee Shirley Wheeler, who will represent Subdivision 4. Wheeler has had numerous involvements in the Bienfait area.
*Based on the recommendation of the audit committee, the board has authorized the committee to develop and present an ethical conduct policy. The proposed policy will be presented to the board for approval and implementation.
*As part of its strategic plan, the board will engage the public in areas such as school facilities, grade configuration, long-term facility viability and other issues as deemed by the board. The division will formulate a short-term committee to set terms of reference and develop a longer-term vision for the school division, with an outside agency to be contracted for execution of the public engagement plan.
*The Triple C Center is approaching the fundraising goal of $ 3.5 million for the performing arts portion of the Weyburn Comprehensive School, with a grand opening tentatively set for the fall of 2013. The board will provide a monetary contribution to the Triple C in support of the grand opening celebrations.
*The board's next meeting will be on Thursday, September 23.