February 10, 2021 Board Meeting News

February 11th, 2021

Regional Office –

Minister approves request to access reserves

In October 2020, the board submitted a request to Education Minister Adriana LaGrange asking for approval to use $1.7 Million in reserves. These funds are required to cover the additional costs related to increased enrolment in the online program at Vista Virtual School. Treasurer Tracy Leigh reported that the division has received approval for this request.

Trustees continue to advocate for changes to school bus speed limit

In February 2020, the board submitted a letter to Transportation Minister Ric McIver requesting a meeting to discuss changes to speed limits for school buses. Current regulations require school buses to travel 90 km/hour or the posted speed limit, whichever is less. The board’s decision to pursue the speed limit change is supported by local data, feedback from bus drivers, division administration and other school divisions across the province. They also have supporting data from other provinces and Alberta transportation partners.

Having received no response, Trustees submitted a follow-up letter to the Transportation Minister on February 4, 2021. Trustees also agreed to reach out to the Minister and local MLAs by phone regarding the request.

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

The next school board meeting is at the Regional Office on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 starting at 9:00 a.m. Members of the public are invited to view a livestream of the meeting on our website.