Division News Article

October 26, 2022 Board Meeting News

October 27th, 2022

Regional Office ~ 

International trips for BCHS & R.F. Staples Students Approved

The Board approved, in principle, two international trips for Barrhead Composite High School and R.F. Staples Secondary School students. 

Due to a scheduling issue, the previously approved Barrhead Composite High School trip planned for spring break 2023 will now include Paris, Riviera and Rome. R.F. Staples Travel Club students will be traveling to New York at the end of April 2023. 

Membership in the PSBAA Accepted

The motion was passed to accept membership in the Public School Boards Association of Alberta (PSBAA). 

Facilities Information Update

Director of Facilities, Tracy Tyreman, presented an overview of the capital and maintenance projects done during the summer months. See the Facilities Information Update for photos and a list of the projects completed.

Communications Assurance Report

Pembina Hills uses a number of digital tools to engage and communicate with parents and guardians. Registration and consent forms as well as payments are completed online through PowerSchool. 

School Messenger has also been a very valuable tool to get messaging to parents and guardians quickly, through email, phone or SMS (text) messages. Safe Arrival will be piloted before rolling out as a tool for parents to communicate student absences.

Information Technology (IT) Assurance Report

Director of Information Technology, Alex Mottus, provided the Board with the annual overview of the IT department’s operations and some of their main projects. Some key projects that IT are working on are replacing smartboard equipment with interactive displays, wireless upgrades and reviewing security. See the full IT Assurance Report for more details.

Policies Amended

Pembina Hills School Divison has a thorough policy framework that guides the direction of the Division. In an effort to make sure that these policies remain up-to-date, the Board’s Policy Committee meets several times each year and makes recommendations to the Board for changes.

Board Meeting Start Time Changed to 9:30 a.m.

The Board passed a motion to change the start times of their meetings to 9:30 a.m. 

READ MORE: Board meeting agenda and minutes

Next School Board Meeting
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Regional Office
9:30 a.m.