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Board ratifies collective agreement with ATA
Following several months of negotiations, the board ratified a four-year agreement with the Alberta Teachers’ Association. The agreement ends August 31, 2024.
International trip for BCHS students approved
The Board approved, in principle, an international trip for Barrhead Composite High School Portrait Photography students to New York in May, 2024.
This trip will allow photography students to practice their outdoor photography skills in iconic locations including Central Park, Times Square and the Brooklyn Bridge. Students will also be able to work with a professional photographer from the New York Times and work towards academic credits as part of the trip.
Barrhead Band Boosters Association support for band program
The Barrhead Band Boosters Association made a presentation to the board as a delegation at the June 21 meeting. The Band Boosters has a long and generous history with the band program at Barrhead Composite High School, including donating instruments. Band Boosters is very active in fundraising and puts on numerous events each year.
Band Boosters requested that the board remove instrument rental fees from the schedule of board-approved student fees, Rates Annex 1. The board agreed that instrument rental fees should be determined at the school level and included that change in the fee schedule for the 2023-2024 school year.
Facilities Assurance Report
Facilities Director Tracy Tyreman presented the board with an overview of the department’s structure and priorities. Mr. Tyreman presented this information through the context of the department’s mission statement to “maintain and upgrade our facilities to provide a safe and pleasing environment that continues to meet the educational needs of our students and protects staff, property and the general public.”.
Mr. Tyreman provided an update on several recent projects in the department, including site remediation at the former Vimy school; mechanical system replacement, office renovation, and washroom replacements at Westlock Elementary School and the completion of the gym and exterior renovations at Busby School.