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The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

FLIN FLON SCHOOL DIVISION Condensed Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees held September 23, 2003 in the Board Room of the Division Office, 9 Terrace Avenue, Flin Flon, Manitoba. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Chair-Jim Wilson expressed deepest condolences to the families of the girls involved in the tragic weekend accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. PRESENTATIONS - Nil BUSINESS ARISING McIsaac Parent Advisory Council Trustee Representation - Trustees selected a meeting date; if unable to attend they will attempt to find an alternate. October 8, 2003 - Trustee Simpson; January 14, 2004 - Trustee Wilson; February 11, 2004 - Trustee Mitchell; March 10, 2004 - Trustee Skeavington; April 14, 2004 - Trustee Ferguson; May 12, 2004 - Trustee McKee. ACTION CORRESPONDENCE The following correspondence was received as information: Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit (SELU) - 9th National Congress on Rural Education - March 28-30, 2004 - Saskatoon. Retirement - MAST advising that Sue Cumming, Labour Relations Consultant will be retiring effective January 2, 2004. Form 2A Agreements - Copy correspondence to the Deputy Minister of Education and Youth, from the Board Chair of Hanover School Division, expressing concerns and reservations re: Form 2A agreements converting to Form 2 agreements after two full consecutive years of service with the same school Board, was received as information. Flin Flon School Division agreed to join Hanover School Division in their quest by writing a letter to the Minister of Education supporting their initiative and reiterating concerns. Inquest Recommendations - Correspondence from the Minister of Education and Youth re: Inquest Report and 4 recommendations directed toward Manitoba Education and Youth was referred to the Superintendent. Long Term Planning Committee - Meeting confirmed for Thursday, October 2, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. - Trustees McKee/Skeavington/Wilson. ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORTS The Superintendent and Secretary-Treasurer reported to the Board on the following divisional matters: Student Awards - Creighton Community School held an awards ceremony on September 8th to recognize the 2002-2003 Northern Saskatchewan Student Awards and the Lieutenant Governor Award winners. The students from the high schools that received the student awards were: Many Faces - Arlene Merasty, Kyle Brown and Jennifer Brown; Hapnot - Alexandra Oberg, Kristen Gourley, Ed Drapak, Kathryn Imrie and David Gourley. The Lieutenant Governor Award winner was Hapnot's Kaitlin Bloxom. Congratulations to all the recipients and to the SK Government for continuing such an excellent program. Bomber Mentors - The 'Bomber' Mentors have been hired for this year: McIsaac - Simon McCusker, Derek Blais and Don Milburn; Parkdale - Dustin Ernest, Tyler Stinton; Ruth Betts - Spencer Davis and John Iron; and Maintenance - Jeff Lapointe. These individuals are all part-time mentors. The eight positions will work the equivalent of one full-time position over the course of the year. Addictions Counselling - Hapnot Collegiate and Many Faces Education Centre are participating in the Manitoba Addictions Foundation Program that provides support to schools in the area of addiction counselling. Lannie Bosman will be in each school for one day each week to help students with questions and concerns in this area. Thank you to AFM for their ongoing support. Career Day - Thursday, October 2nd - Creighton Sportex. Over 60 presenters represented a wide variety of careers, training programs and post secondary institutions. Students from grades 7-12 attended. Parents and the general public were also encouraged to attend. This venue provides an excellent opportunity to learn more and help individuals make wise career choices. School Reports - Local schools will be sending out their year end reports. The elementary schools will have their reports sent home with the students. The high schools will be providing copies of their reports at various locations in the community. A division wide report will be sent to all homes in the community. Interested people, that have not received a copy, may contact the schools or the Division Office. School News - Many Faces Education Centre held a very successful car wash on Friday, September 12th. The school raised $845 for the Terry Fox Run, in memory of Charlie Mott. Thank you to the students, staff and the clean car driving public. Grades 3-6 students will be able to participate in school choirs this year. Thank you to Lara Maliteare for undertaking this initiative. Parkdale School has started the 'Parkdale Pacers', a group of students and staff that are walking together at recess times. The Parkdale Welcome Back Barbeque was well attended by students and parents. Thank you to the staff and parent council for their work in organizing such a great event. Ruth Betts School's open house was on Wednesday, September 17th. The parents had the opportunity to meet their child's teacher, tour the school and discuss school goals with the staff. The school first award ceremony was held on September 26th. Local schools participated in "National Walk to School Day" on October 8th. Hapnot Collegiate has been busy with auditions for Dinner Theatre, elections for the Student Council, Grad Committee and Athletic Council. The Student Council attended a leadership conference in Neepawa and will share their new ideas at the school! The first edition of the "Hapnot Collegiate School Paper" hit the presses. Articles cover welcome week activities, student interviews, the smoking pit controversy, and student poems. Congratulations to the students and Ms. Danielson on producing such a high quality product! People interested in their own copy may contact the school. The Hapnot Athletic season is underway! The cross country team has been busy training for the zone championships - October 4th in Grand Rapids. The Zone 11 Soccer Championships will be held in Flin Flon and the Zone 11 Golf Championships were in The Pas on September 19th - 20th. The Hapnot Kopper Kings and Kweens Invitational Volleyball Tournament was held on September 26th & 27th at Hapnot and McIsaac. The French Immersion and Basic French students at Hapnot Collegiate are planning an exchange with a school from Quebec this year. Students are selling magazine subscriptions to subsidize the costs. There was one canoe trips completed this fall. The Ruth Betts Grade 7 classes were able to enjoy the late summer weather. The McIsaac Grade 7 trip was postponed due to weather conditions. The Outdoor Education Program will gear up again next spring! Schools took part in the Terry Fox run on September 23rd. Thank you to the students and staff for helping to carry on Terry's Dream of eliminating cancer. School Pictures were done during the week of October 6th - 10th. MAST Workshop - Information re: upcoming MAST "Accountability Workshop" was circulated for information. Trustees were reminded that if interested in attending they must request permission under "new business" and discuss travel plans with the Secretary-Treasurer. Pay Accounts - The Division accounts as at September 17, 2003 in the amount of $240,058.69, cheque numbers 90206 through 90288, will be paid. Finance Committee - Members agreed to meet following the Board Meeting - Trustees Ferguson/McKee /Simpson. REPORTS - Nil CHAIR'S REPORT World Teachers Day - Sunday, October 5th. This day recognizes teachers around the world for their dedication to the education profession. NEW BUSINESS Trustee Requests - Trustee Wilson was authorized to attend the Board Chair Workshop on December 5, 2003 in Winnipeg and Legal Duties and Liabilities of Boards: What Every Board Member Should Know on November 19, 2003 in Winnipeg. Information correspondence was made available for review. The public vacated the meeting at 8:03 p.m., adjourned to Committee of the Whole, and reconvened. Keewatin Community College Agreement - Referred to the Finance Committee for consideration. The meeting adjourned at 8:42 p.m. School Board meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. The next regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. in the Division Office Board Room located at 9 Terrace Avenue. Board of Trustees: Jim Wilson-Chair; Colleen McKee-Vice-Chair; Trustees: Tim Davis, Donna Ferguson, Gordon Mitchell, Angela Simpson, Murray Skeavington