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Money set aside to help pay for potential curricula changes in PRSD

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Prairie Rose School Division (PRSD) trustees agreed to restrict some reserve money to help cover the costs associated with future curricula updates or changes.

At the Jan. 10 regular meeting, Ryan Boser, secretary-treasurer, said since the Alberta government is looking at reviewing up to six curricula at the same time, moving money from unrestricted reserves to a restricted reserve to help cover the costs associated with such a review would be of benefit.
He suggested the board agree to move $300,000 from unrestricted reserves to a restricted fund specifically set up to cover the future costs associated with a curricula review. With about $1.96 million in unrestricted reserves, moving the $300,000 doesn’t change totals until that money is spent.
“This is our recommendation based on the fact we want to be prepared to move quickly,” added Superintendent Brian Andjelic. “We want to be well ahead of the game.”
If provincial officials were to bring in curricula changes, the money could be spent quickly on training for teachers or materials if need be.
“We would hope our teachers find comfort in this motion — they will be taken care when this happens,” added Andjelic, about curricula changes.
CUPE 829 contract ratification
At the meeting the board agree to ratify a new contract with CUPE 829 which represents eight custodians in the division.
The new four-year contract includes wage increases of one per cent as of Sept. 1, 2016/2017; two per cent as of Sept. 1, 2017/2018; two per cent as of Sept. 1, 2018/19; and one per cent as of Sept. 1, 2019/2020.
The changes help respond to the historical differences in wages, pointed out Trustee Kathy Cooper.
Andjelic thanked the committee members for their work in the negotiations.
“It’s challenging work and we all recognize the lay of the land and the challenges with the economy,” he said. “It’s about being as fair as we can in any one circumstance.”
Incamera — Personnel
The board started off the Jan. 10 meeting with an incamera matter dealing with personnel. After coming out of incamera, three motions were made and carried. They included approving adjustments to the Superintendent’s contract; approving adjustments to the Secretary-Treasurer’s contract; and adding the review of executive team contracts every January to the monitoring schedule.

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