Clearview board tweaks budget before approval

In an effort to minimize the reduction of teaching staff, Clearview School Division trustees have changed a recommendation.

In an effort to minimize the reduction of teaching staff, Clearview School Division trustees have changed a recommendation for schools to keep five per cent of their annual budget in reserves.

The board directed administration to advise principals that school reserves can be spent to help retain staff at schools for the 2013-14 school year.

The principals were expected to revise their budgets before the administration presents a final draft of the spring budget to the board for approval at a planning meeting Thursday.

Bus service expansion: Families in Stettler wanting bus service extended to their part of town got the news they wanted to hear.

Effective in September, bus service will be expanded to include Emmerson Acres and an area northeast of West Stettler Park.

Budget deliberations: The board supported full-time kindergarten programming at Stettler Elementary School and directed administration to set the level of financial support accordingly.

To free up more money for individual school budgets, the board amended the way some services are charged out.

Currently, the double bus runs in the Town of Stettler require Stettler Elementary School to maintain supervision staff for a longer time.

The board asked administration to allocate to the transportation budget the supervision costs for Stettler Elementary School, because of morning and afternoon double bus runs within the town.

As well, costs associated with network administration at the schools will be applied directly to the central network budget and resource officer costs will be funded as a central expense, rather than as an expenditure for William E. Hay Composite High School.

Celebration presentation: It was Erskine School’s turn to showcase events happening at its school to the Clearview board. Grade 9 students made a multimedia presentation and answered questions from trustees.

Student funding request: As per Policy 412, the board approved a request from Carlie Gendre for financial support for her travel to the Pan Am Games in Colombia in August.

Gendre, a member of the William E. Hay Composite High School wrestling team, was selected to represent Canada at the Games. The board agreed to give her $500 to help with travel expenses.

Recognition night: Plans were finalized for Clearview’s annual recognition night, set for June 19 in Stettler.

The Clearview Award of Merit recipients are scheduled to be honoured, along with long-service employees. Also, a tribute is planned for a former superintendent, Dr. Bill Baergen, who died this year.