Grand re-opening of Botha and William E. Hay schools set for Dec. 1

After completing major extensive renovation and modernization projects to upgrade school facilities, grand reopening celebrations for Botha School and William E. Hay Composite High School in Stettler have been set for Dec. 1.

Ceremonies are set for Botha School at 10:30 a.m. followed by William E. Hay school at 1 p.m.

“The board of trustees appreciates government funding that was designated to undertake these projects,” said Ken Checkel,who chairs the board of Clearview School Division.

“Our staff, students and parents have all been patient and flexible while these projects were undertaken and we all look forward to the improved learning spaces.”

“Please feel free to join us on December 1 as we celebrate with these school communities.”

Initial school enrolments

Early enrolment counts across Clearview indicate increased student enrolment compared to projections made in the spring of this year.

“We are pleased to see the initial student enrolment number across our division,” said Superintendent John Bailey.

“The number of students we have enrolled in our schools has a direct relationship to the amount of funding we receive as a school division.”

Although the official count is not taken until September 30, Bailey said they were encouraged that the initial student count across the Clearview was higher than was predicted by projections last spring.

System planning and major themes

The board of trustees has begun to look at a process to renew and reaffirm Clearview Public Schools overall direction and goal setting.

This work is an important and critical part of the work school boards do in their work governing school divisions.

“In addition to addressing the immediate challenges faced by our division, trustees know that it is also very important to look out at the horizon and ask whether we are heading in the right direction overall,” said Checkel

“Where are we now? Where do we want to go? How do we get there? “

“We always value input from our public, our staff and our students, and as we consider these important questions, we will be looking for their insights more than ever”.”

Boards, teachers ands Alberta Education begin discussions

The Board of Trustees discussed the “tripartite talks” initiated by Education Minister Dave Hancock, with the Alberta Teachers Association and the Alberta School Boards Association.

These closed-door talks are scheduled to start soon and continue through October and November. The stated goals are, “through productive dialogue, to plan/enable continued collaboration on the transformation of the K-12 education system and to establish the means for continued workforce stability in the education sector”.

Next Meeting

Following the election on October 18 the Clearview school board will hold its organizational meeting Friday, Oct. 22 at 1 pm at the board office in Stettler.

The regular board meeting will follow the organizational meeting.

Regular meetings are open to the public.

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