Reserves spending approved

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Rocky View Schools (RVS) Board of Trustees approved taking $415,000 from capital reserves to fund the purchase of a chiller for the Education Centre and a scissor lift for the maintenance department at its Jan. 11 regular meeting.

“Our chiller for this building is basically expired and can’t be brought back to life with repairing the unit,” said Associate Superintendent of Business and Operations Darrell Couture.

“The engineers are recommending replacement. If they’re going to get the replacement chiller up and running by the end of June, we need to order it now and subsequently we’ll tender for installation by a mechanical contractor.”

The cost of a new unit is $350,000, including estimated installation costs.

Couture said the division rented a scissors lift up to now but the work volume has increased to the point where it’s more cost effective to purchase a unit.

The scissor lift is used mostly outdoors to replace bulbs in exterior lighting, lift heavy equipment onto roofs, etc., he said.

Trustees unanimously approved administration’s request to take the money from operating reserves to pay for these items.

The Board unanimously approved changes to the Terms of Reference for two committees: the Benefit Planning Advisory Committee and the Audit Committee.

According to Superintendent of Schools Greg Luterbach, the changes are largely housekeeping in nature.

Only one change to the Terms of Reference of the Benefit Planning Advisory Committee was proposed – allowing for the designation of a substitute to the committee in the absence of the associate superintendent of business and operations.

Trustees unanimously approved this change.

Two changes to the Terms of Reference of the Audit Committee were requested, both being updates to references in that document to policies or procedures which have undergone name changes. Trustees also unanimously approved these changes.

As a result of the October 2017 election, Ward 6 Trustee Fiona Gilbert finds herself unexpectedly appointed to the role of chair of Zone 5 of the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA).

Gilbert was previously the vice chair; however, the trustee who was chair was not re-elected, leaving that position vacant. In the ASBA handbook, the vice chair assumes the role of chair should that position be left unfilled.

Trustees were asked to approve a motion to recognize and approve additional honoraria for Gilbert to carry out the duties of her increased role.

Much of the expenses of the chair are covered by the ASBA with only a portion falling to the division.

Trustees approved the motion and thanked Gilbert for her willingness to step into this role.

“Our thanks to Trustee Gilbert. I think it’s good that RVS will be represented in this way,” said Board Chair Todd Brand.

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