Board Meeting Highlights

Board News and Updates

Here you will find highlights of the Alberta School Councils' Association (ASCA) Board of Directors Meetings

March 2018

BOARD PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (PD) The weekend started Friday evening with a professionally facilitated session to help the Board more deeply understand, review, and revise (if needed), the Mission, Vision, Values and Beliefs of the Association. Discussion also took place related to the purpose of Governance Policies, and how to best create and utilize them to guide the work of the Board. Saturday morning, the Board was engaged in analyzing the results from their Board Self-Evaluation process, facilitated by a seasoned expert. Successes and areas for growth and improvement were highlighted, resulting in seven (7) priorities that the Board established for itself for April 2018 – March 2019.

CONFERENCE & AGM April 20 - 22, 2018 Finalizing the Agenda and Order Paper for the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) was a focus for the Board. In addition, the Board approved the 2018 – 2019 ASCA Budget, to be presented to the members at the AGM. The AGM documents are available on our website, and registration for the event is steadily increasing. We look forward to seeing you at the end of April!

POLICY GOVERNANCE Over the past several weeks, members of the Advocacy and Governance Committee worked extremely hard to present a draft new Governance Policy Manual to the Board at this meeting. Their hard work was rewarded when the Board approved the new Policy Manual, which becomes effective immediately. The timing works well, as the upcoming elections anticipate to welcome a few new members to the Board, and Board Member Orientation is scheduled in May. 

SCHOOL COUNCIL ENGAGEMENT TASK FORCE AND MEMBER FEEDBACK The Board reviewed the summary from the latest round of questions (about the ASCA Conference and AGM) provided to our School Council Engagement Task Force – now available on our website on the What We Heard page. The final round of questions has been distributed to the task force member school councils, with responses being requested by April 30, 2018.

An ASCA Survey to School Councils, seeking a broader source of feedback relating to ASCA and its work, will be sent out in late April or early May – please watch for it and return it; we value your input and very much want to hear from you!

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH Following an extensive, nation-wide search involving consideration of several noteworthy candidates, the ASCA Board of Directors has hired a new Executive Director. Previously the ASCA Director of Client Services, and an ASCA field instructor prior to that, Wendy Keiver has accepted the permanent position of Executive Director for the association.

January 2018

BOARD PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (PD)  The weekend started with a professionally facilitated session focusing on Board Governance. Encouraging generative discussions was a theme, and continued to be a part of the meeting throughout the weekend. We look forward to continuing to learn about, and practice, effective Board Governance. Gaining a greater understanding of the fiduciary responsibilities as Directors and as a Board with respect to financial oversight, was also a PD session provided by our Auditor. In addition to the presentation, we received several print resources to help us learn and grow in this area.

CONFERENCE & AGM April 20 - 22, 2018  The Board was provided an update on the plans for the Conference and Annual General Meeting. Focusing on Student Wellbeing, we have keynote Dr. Lynn Miller offering insight on psychological issues effecting children’s lives, a plenary session with information on resources supporting mental health in Alberta schools and, excited to have the Minister of Education address the delegates. In addition, 30 breakout sessions will provide learning and networking opportunities for parents on school councils from across Alberta. Visit www.albertaschoolcouncils.ca for more information and register early!

AWARDS SEASON  A new award this year: “District School Council Engagement Award” joins our recognition program, in addition to “School Council Parent of Distinction”, “School Council Award of Merit” and “Excellence in Learning Partnership Award”.  Nominations deadline is February 28th, and winners will be recognized at the ASCA Conference. Please visit Awards Information for details.

SCHOOL COUNCIL ENGAGEMENT TASK FORCE  The Board reviewed the summary from the first round of questions (about Bill 1) provided to our School Council Engagement Task Force – now available on our website on the What We Heard page. The second round of questions (about the AGM) will be distributed to the task force member school councils by mid-February.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH  The Hiring Committee, comprised of four (4) members of the Board, presented the process and timeline plan regarding the search for a permanent ASCA Executive Director. The position posting is available on our website, as well as online employment sites.

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT  The provincial office continues to be busy helping school councils support and enhance student success in their school communities. To learn more about what we can do for your school council, or school district, please call the office (1-800-661-3470), email services@albertaschoolcouncils.ca or visit our website. We look forward to working with you!

 

October 2017

It was a full agenda at the first face-to-face meeting in the new school year for the Board of Directors.

The Board is now also utilizing Skype for "virtual meetings"  as required, in consideration of cost and time efficiencies.

Thank you to Minister Eggen for visiting on Saturday and meeting the Directors new to the Board.

The Minister had a rich discussion with the ASCA Board on many education matters such as Curriculum, Inclusion, the Nutrition Program, School Fees, Gay Straight Alliances and Provincial Achievement Tests. 

The Assistant Deputy Minister, Wendy Boje also attended and talked about the proposed School Act amendments regarding Age of Access, Age of Common Entry, School Fees and Transportation. She thanked ASCA for encouraging feedback from school councils during what were very tight timelines in the September consultations.

While there is no official announcement of what changes might be made to the School Act, the Assistant Deputy Minister affirmed that the voice of parents through school councils is critical when it comes to changing education legislation.

Also on the agenda, was Janice Boiko from Lloyd Sadd Insurance, who presented information on insurance coverage for the organization and officer/director coverage. This is part of ongoing Board development.

The Board reviewed and approved their Results Plan for 2017-2020

The Board accepted the resignation of Executive Director, Jacquie Hansen, who was recently elected to the St. Albert City Council and named Wendy Keiver, ASCA Director of Client Services, to the position of Acting Executive Director. Wendy’s bio is available online and she can be reached at wendyk@albertaschoolcouncils.ca .

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for January 27-28, 2018.

June 2017

Returning and new Board members Shelley Odishaw (Red Deer), Lisa Arlint (Grovedale) and Rick Sakundiak (Sexsmith), participated in orientation providing information on the association, the governance model and role of the Board. The focus of orientation was the dual mandate of ASCA which is one - to provide information to the Minister of Education with the collective voice of parents on school councils and two - to provide development, learning opportunities and share relevant information to school councils in Alberta.

President, Allison Pike updated the board on current Alberta Education information including Bill One; An Act to Reduce School Fees,  the Nutrition program, Playground funding, Curriculum development, Student learning Assessment and the new teacher contract deal. Information regarding these initiatives can be found on the Alberta education website.

Over the past few months, some members of the Board were able to participate in stakeholder engagement opportunities regarding both Curriculum Development and School Fees with the Ministry.

The Board reinstated its committees of Finance, Governance, Awards, Community Engagement and added Legacy as its fifth committee. The Association is almost 90 years old and is planning to celebrate its history and legacy. Committee work will begin in September.

Board meetings have been confirmed for 2017 – 2018 on the following dates:

  • October 21-22, 2017
  • January 27 – 28, 2018
  • March 23 – 24, 2018
  • April 20, 2018

 SAVE THE DATE:  The 2018 Conference and AGM is April 20-22 at the Delta Edmonton South.

The board renewed its commitment to the School Council Engagement Task Force. Invitations to be part of this task force will go out to school council chairs. This is an opportunity to provide input on board selected issues. Information is shared with education stakeholders and the Ministry. Please participate in this piece of providing the collective voice to the Minister of Education.

The new website was launched at the beginning of June, please let us know how you like it!