We have relocated our board room to a larger space to allow meeting in person with proper physical distancing in place. The meeting began with a treaty acknowledgment and a reading of our vision and mission statement. Trustee Sigurdson provided good news related to the installation of basketball courts at Minnetonka School made possible with support from Louis Riel School Division (LRSD), the City of Winnipeg and Councillor Brian Mayes. Superintendent Christian Michalik brought good news surrounding the success of our 41 schools in adapting to the changes that have come with the pandemic and recognized that staff have been asked to do so much in many different ways as we collectively navigate many challenges.
The Board welcomed Irene Bindi who made a presentation regarding Winnipeg Police Services School Resource Officers. Taylor Fenn, LRSD Communications Coordinator, presented on Human Diversity and Safe Spaces in LRSD.
The Board voted in favour of updated Terms of Reference for the Riel-Evate Endowment Fund Committee, also supporting a change to the name of the committee.
Trustee Johnston provided an update to the Board on the work of the Ad-hoc Recognition Policy Committee which is in the early stages of developing policy to guide the recognition of outstanding contributions by members of the LRSD community.
The Board received the Release of the State of Equity in Education Report by the Winnipeg Indigenous Executive Circle and the Newcomer Education Coalition along with the calls to action.
The Board received reports from all pandemic planning taskforce team leads, which included an update on physical education and the planning that is being done for the winter months. An update was received by the Board on the Winnipeg Police Service School Resource Officer Program as part of ongoing discussions. Assistant Superintendent Henri Peloquin updated the Board on travel restrictions that will impact student travel for the foreseeable future.
The Board received the list of scheduled presentations for the 2020-2021 school year as well as the metrics for communications in LRSD for September 2020. Engagement across all social media platforms continues to increase.
The first of a series of Town Hall meetings for the LRSD community will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 28, with the first one focusing on the Glenlawn Collegiate family of schools. Registration information is on the LRSD website.
The meeting closed with a reminder that we continue to focus on our Multi-Year Strategic Plan that is inspired by the Indigenous Circle of Courage as we continue to move forward during this very different school year.
The next regular meeting of the Louis Riel School Division Board of Trustees is Tuesday, November 3 at 6:30 pm. The agenda is published in advance on the LRSD website and all are welcome to join via TEAMs.