The Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) Board of Trustees meeting was called to order by Chair Louise Johnston at 6:30 p.m.
Superintendent Michalik shared examples of the comments staff, students, and community members have been sharing on ThoughtExchange about the upcoming LRSD budget. A Draft Budget Town Hall Live Event and Public Consultation is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23.
A presentation by Chris Marinelli, Scott Chisholm, Nicole Woodhall, members of the Employment Skills Training Team, accompanied by Morgan Jollymore, an LRSD student, was made to the Board. It contained information on how the Employment Skills Training Program provides high school students with an opportunity to participate in education work experiences in our community and surrounding areas.
Secretary-Treasurer Kenny provided an update on Q2 revenue and expenses and the monthly school reports as of December 31, 2020.
With the retirement of Henri Péloquin, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services and responsible for French Language Programming, before the end of the current school year, his position will be posted as a term contract that will begin in April 2020.
As part of the pandemic update, the community and Board were reminded of the LRSD Navigating the Pandemic in 2020-2021 plan posted on the LRSD website that was recently updated on Feb. 1. The plan continues to be refined as more information is made available. The Board commended the LSRD Senior Leadership Team for their efforts and support that they are providing during the ever-evolving pandemic response.
The Board celebrated the Manito Ahbee Aki Anishinaabe Minecraft world official release event that was held on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The project was led by the LRSD Indigenous Council of Grandmothers and Grandfathers, Indigenous Knowledge Keepers from Manitoba, and LRSD's Indigenous Education Staff. This is the first Minecraft teaching resource in the world that honours, celebrates and explores a Manitoba Anishinaabe community. Manito Ahbee Aki is now available for all to experience on Minecraft Education.
Our Data Literacy Journey continues in LRSD and is an integral part of the LRSD Multi-Year Strategic Plan. At the Board meeting, a report was shared on how the pandemic has impacted learning. More information will be shared with the community through Spotlight stories on the LRSD website.
The Board voted unanimously in favour of directing the Manitoba School Boards Association (MSBA) to advocate to the province for the immediate release of the Manitoba Commission Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education report.
As always, we appreciate the attendance of community members at our public meetings. The next public meeting is Tuesday, March 2.