School Board News

January 17, 2024 Board Meeting News

Division Office ~

Board receives Student Services Assurance Report

Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Rob McGarva presented the Board with a report on the operations of the Student Services department.  This department supports students with a variety of needs, provides mental health support, and works with families to ensure the best possible outcomes for students. 

Dr. McGarva discussed some of the challenges facing the division, including attendance and severe incidents, and strategies for addressing those challenges. Dr. McGarva also discussed some upcoming opportunities and initiatives, including the new Educational Assistant Dual Credit program offered in partnership with Northern Lakes College.

Board Chair Judy Lefebvre expressed her appreciation for Dr. McGarva and the important work that Student Services does. “We thank you and recognize the hard work that you and your team do. You’re an inspiration to your team. You’re addressing the new and ongoing challenges facing your department and we appreciate your vision in supporting our students and our staff.” 

Board Approves Budget Framework

The Board reviewed a report on the overall budget process and approved a set of parameters to guide budget development within the division for the 2024-2025 school year. The budget framework includes the following priorities:

  • Returning to a balanced budget, following numerous years of budget deficits
  • No major changes to operations or programming
  • No significant changes to staffing levels
  • Staffing costs will increase modestly due to benefit rates and negotiated increases

The Board approved these parameters and will receive regular updates on budget development throughout the spring.

READ MORE: Board meeting agenda and minutes

Next School Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Division Office
9:30 a.m.

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