Highlights from the January 16 meeting of the South East Cornerstone Public School Board:
*Representatives from the cities of Estevan and Weyburn provided a statistical overview on population growth and projections, and how these translate to potential student numbers for the division. Both communities also discussed current residential developments that are happening, the type of housing units being constructed, and provisions made by developers for possible school construction and resource areas.
*The board approved the terms of reference for the South East Cornerstone Tomorrow ad hoc committee. Cornerstone Tomorrow is intended to be a stakeholder engagement initiative, with the primary intent to provide information to, and solicit feedback from, stakeholders within the school division on a number of key areas: the current four-year education plan, the decision-making process, the state of school facilities and the vision for future academic program delivery.
The division is planning to employ the services of a consulting group, with the ad hoc committee to develop a request for proposals and specifications. The committee will finalize the request for proposal by March 30.
*The board also approved the terms of reference for the ad hoc committee on the agreement with the Holy Family Roman Catholic Separate School Division. The committee will be working on updating the existing agreement on the operation of the Estevan and Weyburn Comprehensive Schools.
*The budget planning guide for the 2014-15 fiscal year was adopted. The guide outlines the board’s priorities for the 2014-15 fiscal year, and the work plan for the development of the 2014-15 budget. The budget focuses on priorities such as the support of the education sector plan, with a focus on divisional priorities. It addresses equal opportunities for students in areas such as programming, closing the achievement gap for First Nations and Métis students, a school year calendar review, stakeholder engagement, facility infrastructure and leadership and succession planning.
The budget will be submitted to the Ministry of Education for approval by June 30, 2014.
*The board supported the director of education’s proposal to restructure the senior level management. The restructuring will see the hiring of a deputy director of education, with two superintendents of schools and a superintendent of education reporting directly to the deputy director. The director will also contract an out-of-scope individual to conduct teacher supervision. The restructure is expected to be in effect at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.
*The next regular meeting will be February 20. It will include the annual meeting of electors.