Black Gold School Division

Our Schools – Your Children – The Future

Community Engagement & Advocacy

Advocacy Priorities

Black Gold School Division’s (BGSD) Board of Trustees values the importance of building and maintaining relationships with partners and key stakeholders within our communities, with municipalities, and the provincial and federal governments.  Our trustees advocate for educational funding and regulatory matters  to ensure Black Gold students have the same opportunities, levels of service, support and quality of learning as all Alberta students.

The BGSD Board of Trustees is pleased to share its advocacy priorities as we seek solutions to the various challenges faced by our division.

 

 

Call for transparency and accountability in the curriculum review process

On November 23, 2020, the Board of Trustees wrote to the Minister of Education requesting that the curriculum review process be transparent and include content that was delivered through the original development process in 2013, of which Black Gold School Division was a part of. Read the letter.

 

Increased structural integrity in new school construction plans

On October 28, 2020, the Board of Trustees wrote to the Minister of Education, Minister of Infrastructure, and Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation to advocate for the inclusion of increased structural integrity in the plans for the gymnasium roofs of the new schools being built as part of the P3 SB2 bundle, in order to support the possible future installation of solar panels. Read the letter.

 

Requests for support: School Resource Officer program

On October 22, 2020, the Board of Trustees send a letter to the City of Leduc requesting that the number of school resource officers be increased in the City of Leduc. The Board proposed that the City add another RCMP or a Peace Officer as an additional resource to the school community. Read the letter.

On October 22, 2020, the Board of Trustees sent a letter to Leduc County requesting the reinstatement of an RCMP officer to the School Resource Officer position to serve the schools and communities of New Sarepta, Calmar, Thorsby and Warburg. Read the letter.

On October 22, 2020, the Board of Trustees sent a letter to the Town of Thorsby, asking Council to consider contributing to the costs of the proposed School Resource Officer position to serve the schools and communities of Thorsby, Warburg, New Sarepta and Calmar, should Leduc County agree to reinstate the RCMP SRO. Read the letter.

On October 22, 2020, the Board of Trustees sent a letter to the Village of Warburg, asking Council to consider contributing to the costs of the proposed School Resource Officer position to serve the schools and communities of Warburg, Thorsby, New Sarepta and Calmar, should Leduc County agree to reinstate the RCMP SRO. Read the letter.

On October 22, 2020, the Board of Trustees sent a letter to the Town of Calmar, asking Council to consider contributing to the costs of the proposed School Resource Officer position to serve the schools and communities of Calmar, New Sarepta, Thorsby and Warburg, should Leduc County agree to reinstate the RCMP SRO. Read the letter.


Amending the Weighted Moving Average (WMA) calculation for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years

On October 21, 2020, the Board sent a letter to the Minister of Education requesting that Alberta Education base the WMA calculation for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years on an amended formula that uses the 2020-2021 projected enrollment numbers, rather than the September 30, 2020, actual numbers. This way, school divisions will not experience significant shortfalls in their upcoming budgets, so that they can continue to provide all Alberta students with a world-class, high quality education. Read the letter.

 

Unintended consequences of the revised Program Unit Funding (PUF) model

On October 20, 2020, the Board of Trustees sent a letter to the Minister of Education, urging her to implement much-needed changes to the new Alberta Education Special Education Early Childhood Services Program Unit Funding (PUF) model to mitigate serious unintended consequences that are causing the program to fail the vulnerable children it is designed to support. Read the letter.