School Community Council

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    Petitioning Honourable Don Morgan, Honourable Brad Wall

    Amalgamation of the Education System in Saskatchewan

    The School Community Councils (SCC) from the Good Spirit School Division would like to inform you of the imminent changes coming to your school, and your community. The Saskatchewan government is looking to make changes to the structure of our School Boards and School Divisions. The Educational Governance Review Report   (http://publications.gov.sk.ca/documents/11/96975-Perrins-Governance-Review-Report.pdf) has proposed four options. Here is the breakdown of these options: Option 1: This would consolidate the current 18 existing Divisions into a single Provincial School Division. It would make this single Board responsible for managing 606 Public Schools, which translates into 173,548 students and 16,900 staff. Division Board Members would no longer be elected, but appointed. Option 2: This is a more regional model where there would be 4 Divisions created province wide. The Division Board Members are also appointed, not elected. Option 3: Here there are two directions to choose from. Option 3a would also restructure the Divisions in order to reduce the amount from the current 18 to between 8 and 14 Divisions. All student demographics, all geographic elements, and all transportation routes will be taken into consideration. This option implies elected Division Boards. Option 3b would realign the boundaries in support of community interests. It is implied that the government would consult with the Divisions to ascertain what the community interests and/or needs are. It is also implied that Division Boards would be elected. The SCC’s of the Good Spirit School Division support the Option 3b, as described in the Educational Governance Review (http://publications.gov.sk.ca/documents/11/96975-Perrins-Governance-Review-Report.pdf). It is the least disruptive to the province, and to our schools and communities. We are firm believers of the democratic process and want our Division Board Members to be elected and accountable to the community. We are concerned that with Options 1, 2, and even 3a, we will lose our individuality. In addition, we are concerned about the effects these other Options will have on our schools and communities if we lose our local representation. The intent behind this letter is to ensure that you, the parents and community members, are aware of the imminent changes that will affect your child’s education and school experience. If these changes concern you as much as they concern us, let your voice join ours so we can be heard together! Please sign and comment on our petition, voice your concerns! To reach our petition go to www.change.org and search for: Amalgamation of the Education System in Saskatchewan It’ll be about the 7th one down the list! (Or click the link!) If you want to do more, speak to your local MLA or contact the Minister of Education: Hon. Don Morgan Q.C. Office: 1-306-787-0613 Email: minister.edu@gov.sk.ca Yours, The School Community Councils of the Good Spirit School Division as listed below: Calder, Churchbridge Public, Columbia, Davison, Dr. Brass, Grayson, Invermay, Kamsack Comprehensive Institute, Langenburg Central, Macdonald, Norquay, Preeceville, Saltcoats, Springside, Sturgis Composite, Sturgis Elementary, Victoria, Yorkdale Central, YRHS

    School Community Council
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    Victory
    Petitioning Minister of Education

    Ministry Reallocation of Kamsack Schools Funds

    Greetings Fellow Taxpayers, It has come to our attention that the Ministry of Education is re-allocating Good Spirit School Division funds for the new school in Langenburg.  These funds are protected through a long line of restrictions through two amalgamations, and designated to the two Kamsack schools: Victoria School and Kamsack Comprehensive Institute.    At the end of 2003 and prior to the voluntary amalgamation of the Kamsack School Division and the Crystal Lakes School Division that took place on January 1, 2004, the KSD Board of Education established a number of reserves to restrict the use of a large amount of financial resources that had been developed over the preceding years to ensure they would be in place to benefit the rate payers and students of the area that was the Kamsack School Division. Over the years between 2003 and April 2009, a large amount of the restricted reserves were drawn down and applied to projects for Kamsack students.  When the Ministry of Education applied changes in 2009 regarding mill rates and allocation of division monies, all remaining funds were then considered “Pre-2009 Capital Reserves” and once again protected from Ministry rule.  The remaining amount at the end of August 2014 was $120,000.  These funds are not spent as of yet, but are earmarked for three main projects in the Kamsack area.  The amounts are broken down as such: $50,000 Natural Gas Bus Reserve, $50,000 KCI Track Upgrades and $20,000 Victoria School Playground. The money has not been spent yet, for in 2014 the Ministry of Education mandated the Good Spirit School Division to re-allocate this money to cover the cost of the new school, currently close to completion, in Langenburg, Saskatchewan.  Administration at the Good Spirit School Division has, on numerous occasions, attempted to have the Ministry recognize these reserves as restricted and to leave them for the projects designated in the communities to no avail. The Board of Education for the Good Spirit School Division, as a last attempt, had the Board Chair express the wishes on behalf of the Board and the reply did not resolve the issue.  The taxpayers of the Kamsack area are now being called upon for support, so that the Ministry of Education, including the Minister himself, understand that they have absolutely no right to the money that was collected as School Taxes by the Kamsack School Division prior to 2003, that money lawfully belongs to the students and the taxpayers of Kamsack area, and can only be applied to projects that directly benefit the students within the area previously known as the Kamsack School Division.  Please sign this letter to show your support of the Good Spirit School Division Kamsack Reserves using the funds, which are reserved and restricted, as they were meant to be used.  School Community Council Kamsack Comprehensive Institute & Victoria School  

    School Community Council
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