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Transportation Fees & Service Changes
The Board passed a motion to suspend the In-Town Busing Fees and Rural Transportation Fees for eligible funded students, as set out in Rates Annex RA4, for the 2023-2024 school year and that the School of Choice transportation service only be provided for students currently approved under Administrative Procedure 50-01 Requesting a School other than Designated School. More information will be sent to parents and posted on the division and school websites soon.
More parents completing satisfaction surveys
Superintendent Michael Borgfjord presented the 2022-2023 Pembina Hills Satisfaction Survey Summary to the Board of Trustees. Each year the division surveys grades 4-12 students, parents and staff on a variety of subjects. The results are used by schools and the division to develop their annual education plans and to find ways to improve the educational experience of students.
Of note, the surveys were sent out in late January and early February rather than December to encourage more respondents. The response rate for parents increased significantly from previous years, jumping to 39% from 22% in 2021-2022. Responses from students, parents and staff continually indicate that these groups feel our schools are safe and caring. There is work to be done in a few areas, but overall the Board and administration are pleased with the results.
Enhancing career opportunities for high school students
The Board received information on the 2022-23 Work Experience, Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) and Dual Credit programming in the division. There are 204 students in Work Experience, 24 in RAP placements and 1 in Dual Credit course(s). The Board and division administration are looking at steps to further support opportunities and connections to school communities.