As the Labour Day weekend ends, we are turning our hearts and minds to the start of a new school year in the Louis Riel School Division. We're excited to welcome 1,055 kindergarten students to our schools, and 14,492 students from grades 1 to 12 this fall. On average, LRSD expects between 300 and 400 additional students a year to enroll with our Division for the next decade. But with over 2,000 staff members ready to kick off the new school year, parents can be assured that their children are in capable and professional hands. The Board and its Senior Leadership Team look forward to supporting both students and staff on their learning journeys in 2018–19. As always, nurturing a trusting partnership between the home, community partners, and our schools is one of the key ways we will chart our path forward together this school year.
For the Board, this fall marks an end and a new beginning. It's an election year and Trustees are reflecting on all that has been accomplished in the Louis Riel School Division over the past four years. The Civic Election, including the election of school trustees, takes place on October 24th, 2018. Visit Elections October 2018 on LRSD's website for the latest election information and find direct links to school trustee candidate information on the City of Winnipeg's website (the City of Winnipeg will begin posting school trustee candidate information as early as September 12th when the nomination period commences and will continue to post candidate information in real time until the nomination period ends on September 18th. All school trustee candidate information should be posted online by September 19th).
The summer did see an important change in public education in Manitoba. On August 1st, the Government of Manitoba appointed Minister Kelvin Goertzen (MLA for Steinbach) to the posting of Minister of Education and Training, replacing outgoing Minister Ian Wishart (MLA for Portage La Prairie). Mr. Wishart will stay on as Legislative Assistant to the Minister of Education, tasked with coordinating a review of the Kindergarten to Grade 12 education system.
As we learn more about the K to 12 Review in the coming months from the Department of Education and Training, the Board and its Senior Leadership Team will regularly communicate important information to staff and families as it becomes available. We will work with our government partners in education as they conduct this Review. And, we will look for ways to advance our shared priorities with the province, such as improving academic outcomes, and continuing to address inclusion so that all students are on a learning journey to becoming confident and capable adult citizens contributing to their community. Whatever the outcome of the Review, parents, students, and community members should know that LRSD will continue to place the needs of students and the quality of their education at the heart of everything we do.
For many students and parents, back to school means back to routines, schedules, and learning. It can be a stressful adjustment after a relaxing summer. But students and parents should rest assured that teachers, staff and administrators will welcome students back with warmth and care. As always, teachers will continue to nurture self-confidence and a sense of community in their classrooms, setting the stage for students to engage in their learning and do the hard, but rewarding work, of learning, growing and changing in 2018–19.
We wish everyone the very best for the 2018–19 school year.
posted September 4th, 2018
Chris Sigurdson, Chair of the Louis Riel School Board
Christian Michalik, Acting Superintendent