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June 7, 2019 - a message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 10, 2019

This was another busy week in Horizon, with many reasons to celebrate our students and staff. Track & Field Provincials took place in Moose Jaw on June 7 and 8, and I want to congratulate our HCAA athletes on a fantastic showing. You make our division proud with your talent and sportsmanship. Of course, June 6 was the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and Three Lakes School grade 12 student, Cole Smith, travelled to France to join the Government of Canada delegation at the commemorating ceremony. This was an all-expense-paid trip as part of Encounters Canada, and Cole earned the opportunity with an application and essay. Wadena Elementry School student, Reid Kereluik, appeared on Global Saskatoon on Friday morning to talk about the Autism Speaks Canada Walk in Saskatoon. Reid was chosen to be this year’s ambassador for the walk, and his community, school, and school division are very proud. Reid’s mom, Melissa, who is a teacher at Wadena Elementary, joined him for the interview, which can be found here. More information on the great work being done by Autism Speaks Canada can be found on theirwebsite. These are just a few examples of the great things happening in Horizon School Division thanks to our students, staff, communities, and families!

At Central Office, I began my week with our Board Table Officers, Chair Jim Hack and Vice Chair Linda Mattock, in a meeting to finalize the agenda for the upcoming Board meeting on June 12. We were joined in these meetings by Deputy Director, Randy MacLEAN, Superintendent of Finance Services/CFO, Marilyn Flaman, Superintendent of Operational Services/COO, Justin Arendt, Executive Assistant, Melanie Gray, and Executive Assistant, Marni Sogge. I want to thank my staff for their preparations and our Table Officers for their guidance as we put together the final Board meeting agenda of the 2018-2019 school year.

I travelled to Saskatoon on Monday afternoon to take part in a pre-bargaining preparation session at the Saskatoon Public Schools office. The current Provincial Teachers Collective Bargaining Agreement expires August 31, 2019. In preparation for the upcoming bargaining session, a Provincial Bargaining Advisory Committee has been established. The committee includes representatives from the SSBA, the League of Educational Administrators, Directors, and Superintendents (LEADS), and the Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials (SASBO). Our meeting on Monday gave Directors of Education, CFOs, and HR personnel an opportunity to share their views with the committee and discuss the upcoming bargaining process. 

I was also in Saskatoon for meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday with Directors of Education and the Provincial Leadership Team (PLT). The PLT is comprised of fellow Directors of Education and personnel from the Ministry of Education. The meeting was an opportunity to review the sector’s results and discuss the many ways our systems are working to further develop strategies and processes for improvement in Saskatchewan’s education system.

While in Saskatoon, I had the chance to stop by the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF) office and meet with Shaun McEachern, Director of the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit (SPDU). Shaun and his team have been working hard to provide exceptional professional development opportunities for teachers in our province. I was grateful to speak with him about upcoming opportunities for Horizon’s teachers.

On Thursday, I was back in the office to start the day with my Director’s Leadership Team (DLT) of school principals, vice principals, and senior leadership via video conference. We discussed end of the year preparations, shared information about opportunities for students and staff, and provided an update on the MySchoolSask provincial student information system.  

I then joined Superintendent of Learning Services, Crandall Hrynkiw, Superintendent of Student Services, Darrell Paproski, and school administrators to discuss Learning Improvement Plans (LIPs) at Muenster, Humboldt Collegiate Institute, and Humboldt Public School.

On Thursday afternoon, I had the pleasure of meeting with Dr Ryan Meili, leader of the Saskatchewan NDP. Dr Meili has been meeting with school divisions to discuss our needs in education. I appreciated his interest and enjoyed the opportunity to share the great things happening in Horizon School Division.

Thursday evening and Friday morning, my Board was in Regina for a meeting of the SSBA Public Section. I joined our Board Trustees on Friday morning for the meeting. We had the opportunity to hear from SSBA President Shaun Davidson and the Minister of Education, the Honourable Gordon Wyant, and enjoyed a number of engaging presentations.

To finish the week, two more of Horizon’s schools celebrated their graduation ceremonies on Friday. Congratulations to students at Punnichy Community High School and Lanigan Central High School on all your achievements. Your hard work makes us all proud and I know that you will continue to make us proud in the years ahead.

Have a great week, everyone. Stay #HorizonStrong.

Kevin

Kevin C. Garinger  B.Ed., M.A.Ed.
Director of Education/CEO
Horizon School Division No. 205