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Cornerstone board holds monthly meeting

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The South East Cornerstone Public School Board learned more about curriculum in both the division and the province during their meeting March 20.

Coordinator of curriculum Aaron Hiske shared updates, and highlighted how some specific areas align with division and provincial priorities. Hiske focused on career education, and specifically the portfolios managed by career services consultant Dan Hardern, and First Nation and Métis transition counsellor Moira Grayson.

According to Hiske, Hardern has been working on initiatives such the Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship Program through the Grade 9 career education program.

Hiske also discussed high school credits, which can be gained through apprenticeship credits, workplace credits or special projects; and the pre-health care professional program, which provides students with work experience in the health care field prior to enrolling for post-secondary studies.

Grayson has been working on initiatives such as credit attainment towards graduation for the First Nations and Métis students, transitions from federal schools to provincial schools, and workplace experience opportunities before and after graduation.

There are also post-secondary career and education counselling through training opportunities, and educational opportunities such as recruitment visits from the First Nations University.

Other highlights from the meeting were:

*Arlene Dobson, who is the principal of Haig School in Weyburn, was selected as one of Canada's outstanding principals earlier in the school year, and recently travelled to a five-day workshop in Toronto. She discussed the different sessions that she attended and the speakers that she heard.

*The board denied a request from Jennifer Deimuth and Gregory Hunt for student transportation to the Carlyle Elementary School. Currently, the family does not reside within the school's attendance area. The family was supplied with information on the process that they must follow if they want their children to attend school beyond the attendance area.

*Virtus Group has been appointed as the auditors for the division. The appointment is for five years, beginning with the current fiscal year, and it ends in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

*Harold Laich, Audrey Trombley, Carol Flynn and Kevin Keating have been appointed to a governance/human resources committee. Their first role will be to establish the terms of reference for operation.

*Manager of finance Marilyn Yurkiw presented the quarterly financial report. The second quarter ended February 28. Revenues were more than $26.43 million, while expenses were approximately $50.45 million. Current year to date expenditures equate to 51 per cent of the budget; expenditures indicate the division is on track financially for the 2013-2014 budget year. Total revenues for the year are projected to be .6 per cent higher than budgeted while expenses are projected to be under budget by .9 per cent.

*The next meeting will be Thursday, April 19.

 


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