August 26, 2020 Board Meeting News

August 28th, 2020

Regional Office –

School Board chooses Chair and Vice chair

At their organizational meeting, the board elected Trustee Jennifer Tuininga to serve as Chair and Trustee Wendy Scinski as Vice chair.

“I am honoured to continue to serve as the Board Chair for Pembina Hills. Our board and senior administration team is committed to serving our schools across the division and online. We will continue to support our staff, students and families through COVID-19 and deliver an excellent education to our students,” said Tuininga.

Vice chair Wendy Scinski said, “I am honoured that our board has the confidence in me to serve another year as Vice chair. It is a pleasure to work with a strong senior administration team and a highly skilled board of trustees. Together with the incredible staff of Pembina Hills School Division, we will provide an excellent education to our students.”

Electoral Ward Bylaw Passed

Trustees voted in favor of Electoral Ward Bylaw 06-2020. The Bylaw changes the Ward structure of the division and reduces the number of trustees from seven (7) to six (6). These changes to the ward structure will come into effect for the October 2021 school trustee elections.

The new electoral wards are:

  • Pembina Hills East – Ward 1 – Busby, Eleanor Hall
  • Pembina Hills East – Ward 2 – Pembina North Community School, Colony Schools
  • Pembina Hills – Town of Westlock – Ward 3 – R.F. Staples, Westlock Outreach, Westlock Elementary
  • Pembina Hills West Ward 1 – Neerlandia Public Christian School, Dunstable
  • Pembina Hills West Ward 2 – Fort Assiniboine, Swan Hills
  • Pembina Hills – Town of Barrhead – Ward 3 – Barrhead Composite High School, Barrhead Outreach, Barrhead Elementary

View the new electoral wards in this map.

School Messenger goes live!

Last week the division sent out recorded voice messages to Pembina Hills families through a system called School Messenger. One call was from Superintendent Garbutt regarding a school re-entry survey and the other call was from Board Chair Tuininga regarding changes to school start dates. School Messenger allows schools and the division to communicate to parents and staff through voice, email or text messages.

School Messenger gives schools and the division increased flexibility in communicating important information to parents such as updates, upcoming events and attendance reporting. It will be especially important in communicating emergency situations. School offices will be sharing more information with parents in September, including instructions on how to opt-in to receive text messages.

Check out the board meeting agenda and minutes for more information.

The next school board meeting is at the Regional Office on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 starting at 9:00 a.m. Members of the public are invited to view the meeting by livestream.