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May 31, 2019 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 04, 2019

With only four weeks remaining in the 2018-2019 year, our schools are buzzing with activity these days. Sports, graduations, field trips, award ceremonies, and enjoying the outdoors – there’s so much going on, and I want to thank our staff for providing these opportunities for our students. As Dr Seuss once said, "Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and to be delighted." Our teachers and staff certainly do everything in their power to ensure this is the case for our children and students every day.

I spent much of this past week in schools reviewing Learning Improvement Plans (LIPs). Superintendent of Learning Services, Crandall Hrynkiw, and Superintendent of Student Services, Darrell Paproski, join me in these meetings, along with the admin team from each school. In some cases, the admin team includes a vice principal or multiple vice principals. Our LIP reviews are a great way to learn about the amazing things happening for students in our buildings while discussing the plan to continually improve and grow. On Monday, we travelled to Bulyea School, Nokomis School. Drake School, and LeRoy School. A clear passion for education is always evident whenever I engage our administrators in these important conversations.

I stepped out of our LIP meetings briefly to join a conference call with the provincial Student Transportation Working Advisory Group (WAG). I represent the League of Educational Administrators, Directors, and Superintendents (LEADS) on this provincial committee, which includes 2 other LEADS members, representatives from the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA), the Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials (SASBO), the Ministry of Education, and SGI. The WAG has been tasked with reviewing information from Transport Canada, with a mandate of addressing student safety as it relates to transportation. This important work also includes discussions on the potential use of seatbelts on various student conveyances including school buses. 

On Tuesday, our LIP reviews continued at the New Horizon Hutterian School, Punnichy Elementary Community School, and Punnichy Community High School. While at Punnichy Community High, I also met with Marie Moore, secretary at Bruno School and President of CUPE Local 4799, to discuss CUPE matters. I appreciate Marie’s time and her commitment to Horizon and our staff who are members of the CUPE Local.

I then had a meeting at George Gordon Education Centre. As was shared with staff last week, GGEC principal, Bryan McNabb, has been hired as Horizon’s Supervisor of First Nation, Métis & Inuit Education. He will begin his new role in August and we look forward to working together in this new capacity. Our meeting involved Superintendent of Operational Services, Justin Arendt, and Coordinator of Information Services, Ken Sogge and leadership from George Gordon First Nation. We discussed technology enhancements necessary at GGEC and finalized the plans to actualize its implementation.

On Wednesday, our LIP reviews took us to Ituna School, Foam Lake Composite School, Foam Lake Elementary School, Wynyard Elementary School, and Wynyard Composite High School. On Thursday, we continued LIP meetings with administrators from Schell School, Imperial School, Watrous Elementary, and Winston High School. On Friday, we travelled to Archerwill School. Rose Valley School, and Robert Melrose Elementary School before heading back to the office.

I finished the week at Kelvington High School graduation. I joined Trustee, Wil Lengyel, to share greetings on behalf of the school division and Board. I want to thank Wil and our other Trustees who represented our Board at this week’s grad ceremonies. I also want to thank members of my Central Office Administrative Team, who attend grad as representatives of my office. To the 2019 graduates who marked this important milestone on Friday, at Kelvington High, Muenster, Bruno, Viscount, Imperial, and Foam Lake Composite… congratulations! We wish you all the best as you head into final exams and prepare for your lives beyond high school. 

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