Trustees approve policy on policy-making
Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 06:00 am
At the Board of Trustees of Rocky View Schools (RVS) regular meeting Sept. 7, trustees unanimously approved amendments to Policy 10, a policy on policy-making.
Board Chair Colleen Munro said the entire board met in June to review all of the board’s policies.
“We met at the end of June and we’re just getting to amending this policy. It’s the first time that we (reviewed and revised this policy),” she said.
As part of that review, trustees decided Policy 10 required a number of amendments.
“Policy is the directive of the board and that’s one of the key ways a board achieves governance,” said superintendent of schools Greg Luterbach. “But policies require revision and looking at…to ensure they are reflective of the board’s intention as well as (they are) meeting the needs of the community.”
RVS has a Policy Review Committee, which worked on the policy review; however, Luterbach said all members of the board were invited to those meetings, which were held as a committee of the whole.
Included in the revised Policy 10 is a flowchart, which shows the process to be followed when developing a policy.
Trustees unanimously approved the revised Policy 10 with a couple of amendments to the flowchart and wording. These amendments included ensuring consultation with other stakeholders outside the board would be undertaken if deemed appropriate by the board.
Trustees directed Luterbach to prepare a letter for Munro to the Minister of Education David Eggen outlining the board’s concerns around the inequitable application of the province’s rules regarding transportation fees. Under Bill 1: A Bill to Reduce School Fees, announced by the province March 2, school boards are no longer allowed to charge busing fees for students who live 2.4 kms or greater from their designated school.
Trustees said they were hearing from a lot of residents who were confused by how the new rules were being applied. Luterbach said administration was also receiving phone calls on this issue.
Munro said a request to the minister asking for additional transportation funding was denied and a second request to switch the buses the division currently uses from diesel fueled to propane ones was also denied.
Trustees unanimously approved a motion to direct Luterbach to draft a letter to the minister for Munro’s signature outlining all of their concerns.