Botha School council wins provincial award of merit

Botha School has again earned high respect in the province as the school council was named one of three winners of the School Council Award of Merit for 2009/2010 by Alberta School Councils’ Association.

Presented annually by the ASCA, these awards recognize effective school council practices that have an identifiable impact on supporting student learning and school improvement at the school level, the district level or the provincial level.

Council representatives Amy Kobi and Kim Bridge accepted the award on behalf of school council, at the ASCA conference this spring in Edmonton.

“I believe that our school council provides an exemplary model of how a school community and the school that serves it can work together to accomplish great things for students,” said principal Peter Weeks, who nominated the council on behalf of staff and students in February.

“In a time when all too often principals find themselves in conflict with other stakeholders or alternatively, struggling to get an active school council going, I find myself the most fortunate of Alberta principals in being able to nominate the Botha school council for the Alberta School Council’s Association School Council Award of Merit.”

Nomination criteria include council involvement in development of school education plan, developing partnerships with school administration to support student learning and school improvements and engaging in creative and innovative communication between school community and administration, among others.