Louise Johnston, Chair, Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) Board of Trustees, welcomed everyone to the meeting and read the new LRSD Land Acknowledgement passed at the January 5, 2021 board meeting.
Pamela Kolochuk, vice-chair, LRSD Board of Trustees, highlighted the start of the budget process for LRSD, including a series of spotlight stories being shared on the LRSD website, a new staff survey available, and the upcoming virtual Draft Budget Town Hall Live Event and Public Consultation
on Feb. 23.
Christian Michalik, the Superintendent, shared the plan for the kindergarten registration process for the upcoming school year. More information will be shared directly through schools and on the LRSD website.
Tim MacKay, Director of International Student Program and Newcomer Services, along with Yana Zheleva, Marcel Lembissa, Iftu Ibrahim, Dennis Nguyen, and Amber Zetaruk, provided a presentation to the Board on how the division is continuing to support newcomer students and families during the pandemic. Instead of normal in-person discussions and assistance, phone calls and virtual meetings are being had. Internet and access to a computer are essential to these families to communicate and be able to have access to the support of this program.
The Board discussed the ongoing Trustee professional development being done monthly through the Manitoba School Boards Association (MSBA) on governance.
The LRSD Senior Leadership Team provided pandemic updates related to absenteeism rates (better than last year), the new rapid testing site for teachers, and the LRSD Learning from Home School.
Henri Péloquin, Assistant Superintendent Instructional Services, gave an update on the School Resource Officer (SRO) Management Committee. The Committee is coming together with representatives from the division, the community, LRSD students, and Winnipeg Police Services. Trustee Nemeth was appointed to the committee.
The Board accepted the Senior Leadership Team's recommendation for the MSBA sponsored awards and recognitions for the President's Council Award and the MSBA Student Citizenship Award. The Presidents Council Award recognizes exemplary service and outstanding achievement, innovative thinking, personal initiative, and lasting and pervasive impact in public education. In 2021, nominations for this award will be accepted in the category of professional educators. The MSBA Student Citizenship Awards recognize six outstanding young people and one student group who are active participants in their communities and schools.
We are hopeful that LRSD's submissions will be successful!
The next Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 2.