The South East Cornerstone Public School Division has finalized much of its executive team for the 2014-15 school year.
Rhae-Ann Holoien has been appointed as superintendent of education; she had the same job with the Prairie Valley School Division in Regina during the 2013-14 school year. Holoien has a variety of experiences in education over the past 20 years.
Shelley Sargent, who is the long-time principal of the Carlyle Elementary School, has been appointed superintendent of schools for the division's east area. Her previous education background includes a four-year stint as the vice-principal at Stoughton Central School. She became the principal at Carlyle Elementary in 1998.
“I am very excited to take the next step in my career and look forward to working with my colleagues in this new role,” she said in a press release.
Michael Merriman has been appointed superintendent of schools for the south area. He currently serves as the executive director of academics and college programs with the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame.
Merriman has worked at numerous schools in Saskatchewan, Nunavut and North Dakota.
Finally, Kelly Hilkewich has been hired as the deputy director of education; he is currently Cornerstone’s superintendent of schools for the west area. In his new capacity, Hilkewich will be responsible for assisting new director Lynn Little of Estevan in the overall health and performance of the division, and the success of its operations and strategic planning.
He also has an assortment of experiences in education and administration capacities.
Also, the Cornerstone board announced at its May meeting that Little will be the acting director of education from June 6 to August 1. She will permanently become the director on August 1.
Other highlights from the May meeting were:
*Early learning and care (ELC) coordinator Sandi Klatt shared updates on the early years evaluation, and a new initiative that provides support to expectant teenage mothers. To date, ELC has 73 children on their caseload. The department has implemented direct in-home services and transitional support to vulnerable First Nations and Métis children who are under the age of five, and their families, on the Ocean Man, Pheasant Rump and White Bear First Nations.
Through the new initiative for expectant teenage mothers, the division connects teens with an ELC consultant; provides information about having a healthy pregnancy; provides support for attaining special project credit toward graduation; connects teens to available community resources; and provides support to the mother and baby.
*The board received an update on its efforts to build, strengthen and maintain two-way communication with internal and external stakeholders, including students, staff and the community. Through a number of objectives, the division aims to create and disseminate informational and promotional pieces using a variety of media; establish and maintain strong communication ties between schools and the community; and manage and enhance image through proactive media relations and the use of up-to-date technological resources.
The division has had a 22 per cent increase in the number of visits to its website last year, and an increase in the number of unique visitors and average visit time.
*The next meeting will be June 19.