Wrap-up of ASBA Fall General Meeting
More than 430 trustees and senior administrators attend ASBA meeting
Release date: November 25, 1999
New ASBA policies adopted
at meeting of province's school boards
School boards, who met in Edmonton Nov. 21-23 for the Alberta School Boards Association's (ASBA) Fall General Meeting, adopted policies calling for: full funding for Kindergarten students (equal to .5 of the funding for elementary students); removal of the cap on the number of students with severe disabilities who are eligible for government funding; the elimination of the backlog of school maintenance and modernization projects; and, the establishment of a pool of funds for maintaining buildings. See page 2 for a list of the new policies.
ASBA awards recognize
contributions to education
The ASBA honored these Albertans and Alberta organizations.
The Red Deer Public Board of Education received the ASBA Premier's Award for School Board Excellence ($10,000 cash) for its Central Alberta Technology Program for students who are not headed to university. Twenty-six boards were vying for the new award.
Dr. John Paterson, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, received the ASBA President's Award for his exemplary contributions to education. A former teacher, principal, school counsellor and school psychologist, Paterson chaired the ASBA's task force on special education.
The Sherwood Park and District Chamber of Commerce and the Gallagher Education Foundation received the ASBA Friends of Education Award. Nominated by the Rocky View School Division, the Gallagher Education Foundation helped launch and fund the Galileo Centre for teacher professional development in Bragg Creek. Nominated by Elk Island Catholic and Public Schools, the Sherwood Park Chamber developed a Students Skills Portfolio, which the Ministry of Learning is considering implementing in the high school curriculum.
The ASBA presented watches to five outstanding first-year teachers from across Alberta. The 1999 ASBA Edwin Parr Award recipients are: Kurtis Hewson, Fort Vermilion School Division No. 52; Kacey Kalita, Fort McMurray Catholic Board of Education; Amy Klatchuk, Wolf Creek School Division No. 72; Nicole Rutland, Calgary Board of Education; and, Christina Audet, Horizon School Division No. 67.
Former ASBA President Dr. Roy Wilson received an ASBA Honorary Life Membership for his 20 years of service to trusteeship. A Medicine Hat Public trustee, Wilson most recently served as President of the Canadian School Boards Association.
For more information contact: Suzanne Lundrigan, ASBA Manager Communications at 1.780.451.7122.
The Alberta School Boards Association serves and represents all Alberta’s public, separate and francophone school boards.