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Pembina Hills increases funding for school councils to attend ASCA conference

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WESTLOCK — Recognizing that it wasn’t financially viable for local school councils to attend the Alberta School Councils Association’s (ASCA) annual conference, the Pembina Hills board has more than doubled the amount of funding available to councils to cover registration fees and hotel expenses. 

At their Feb. 21 meeting, trustees passed a motion encouraging local school council members to attend the ASCA annual conference in Edmonton at the end of April, and to increase the amount of available funding for council members from $2,000 to $5,000. 

Secretary-treasurer Heather Nanninga first brought up the issue of the ASCA conference, which takes place on April 26-27 and is followed by the association’s annual general meeting on April 28. 

Nanninga noted the conference promotes effective school council practices and parent engagement and provides an excellent professional development opportunity for attendees. 

“It’s a very effective conference for school council attendees to go to,” she said. 

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