School Board News

October 11, 2017 Board Meeting

Regional Office, Barrhead – 

Helping to keep our students & communities safe
Director of Students Services Rob McGarva provided an overview of the Pembina River & Area Violence/Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) Protocol and Annual Report. The protocol is a community commitment to maintain safe environments for children and youth.

Through the partnership, training has been provided in threat assessment to professionals from Alberta Health Services, RCMP, Pembina Hills Public Schools, Evergreen Catholic Schools, Child and Family Services, and Family and Community Support Services. Teams are working together to support those students making threats or escalating toward acts of violence, thus averting incidents. The alignment of services amongst partners has improved as a result of the VTRA Protocol.

PHPS aligns communication protocol
Administrative Procedure (AP) 20-23 Communication Protocol has been revised to guide parents and the public when they are dissatisfied with a decision made by an employee. As a result of the change, the school board deleted Policy 9 Communications Protocol.

Trustee representation for ADLC and Vista Virtual
The school board representative for the Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC) and Vista Virtual School employee awards and student celebrations was on a rotating basis in the past.

Both sites will now be consistently represented:

  • Alberta Distance Learning Centre – Swan Hills Ward trustee
  • Vista Virtual School – Barrhead South trustee

New school board to be sworn in October 25
The next school board meeting is on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 and will be held at the PHPS Regional Office in Barrhead starting at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will begin with the retiring of the old board and swearing in of the new board. MLA Glenn van Dijken will be at the meeting to administer the Oath of Office. The new board will elect their Chair, Vice chair and appoint trustees to various committees.

On behalf of the students, staff and communities of Pembina Hills Public Schools we extend our sincere gratitude to the retiring trustees.

  • Annette Bokenfohr – 7 years as trustee for Westlock South
  • Jan Hoffart – 4 years as trustee for Town of Westlock
  • Sheri Watson – 7 years as trustee for Town of Swan Hills
  • Kim Webster – 10 years as trustee for Barrhead South

The public is welcome to attend the October 25 meeting.

Recent Board News

Sept 26, 2017 Board Meeting

Westlock Outreach School –  Classrooms benefit from $797,000 funding infusion At their September 26, 2017 meeting, the school board learned how classrooms across PHPS will benefit from the $797,000 the division will receive through the Classroom Improvement Fund (CIF). This funding may be used for things like additional staff time to build knowledge in supporting […]

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Sept 13, 2017 Board Meeting

Regional Office –  Board weighs in on School Act On September 27-28, trustees Jackie Comeau and Judy Lefebvre, the local Council of School Councils chair, as well as Superintendent David Garbutt and Secretary Treasurer Tracy Meunier will participate in Alberta Education’s two-day stakeholder conversation. Board Chair Jennifer Tuininga will also attend in the capacity as […]

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Aug 28 Board Meeting

Regional Office, Barrhead –  Staff reductions at regional office provide more support for schools Superintendent Garbutt provided an overview of the new organizational chart for regional services, in which administration will focus on supporting the work of schools and the Alberta Distance Learning Centre. This reorganization has resulted in the elimination of almost 3 full […]

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