RVS Briefs: From the Sept. 5 meeting
The Rocky View Schools board of trustees unanimously voted to enact a Public Disclosure of Travel and Expenses policy, Sept. 5.
The policy will make public the expenses incurred by elected trustees and employees of RVS and provide guidelines how to correctly report an expense.
Expenses include travel, accommodation, meals, professional learning expenses, working session expenses and hospitality extended to external partnerships.
“I think people will be surprised when they see our expenses,” said Trustee Helen Clease when she made the motion to accept the policy. “We are not high rollers in this business and we’re very cognizant of our expenses.”
The Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act came into effect on June 1, 2013, under the Government of Alberta.
Under the act, school boards must enact policy and procedures to manage and investigate whistleblower information. The purpose of the act is to disclose and investigate any alleged wrongdoings relating to employees of Rocky View Schools as a public entity or employees of RVS. The policy and procedures were developed using the Alberta School Boards Association draft as a model.
Trustees unanimously voted for and enacted the Public Interest Disclosure Act policy. However, trustees suggested that the policy be referred to the Policy Department Committee to seek public input and conduct a review.
“In my opinion it’s really important to get public input whenever possible,” said Trustee Bev LePeare when she made the motion to accept the policy.
The policy was hurried through to approval from the board without public input to satisfy the government’s requirements. However, it can be adjusted based on public input at a later date.