Central Athletics Association (HCAA) Track & Field District Championships
were held on Tuesday, May 23, at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon. Students represented
their schools well and I know we are all extremely proud of their athleticism
and sportsmanship. I am reminded of the following quote about the power of
sport, attributed to the great Nelson Mandela: ”Sport has the power to change
the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a
way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand.”
Thank you to our staff and volunteers for your work organizing another year of
Track & Field for our students. Congratulations to all of our students who
participated in this year’s Pre-Districts and Districts, and best of luck to
those students who have advanced to Provincials.
Day taking place last Monday, our week at the office began with my Senior
Leadership Team (SLT) evaluations on Tuesday and Wednesday. These evaluations
of Horizon’s Superintendent of Student Services, Deputy Director of Education,
Superintendent of Operational Services/COO, Superintendent of Human Resource Services,
Superintendent of Finance Services/CFO and Superintendent of Learning Services
were great opportunities to talk with SLT members about the work they have done
in support of schools over the past year. I would like to thank members of the
SLT and their teams for their work to prepare for these evaluations and for the
important discussions we had during these meetings.
Wednesday morning and prior to beginning evaluations for the day, I joined a
meeting related to the Education Governance Review and specifically the
Organizational Design and Compensation Review committee. Our committee spent a
great deal of time continuing to discuss the processes that will be recommended
for Board and school division staff related to out-of-province travel. The
committee also discussed the compensation review that has begun and relates
directly to out-of-scope management positions across the sector.
Governance Committee held their latest meeting on Thursday. This committee is
made up of chairperson, Jennifer Lemky, and her fellow trustees, Linda Mattock,
Nathan Bitternose and Lori-Anne Proznick. Jim Hack, Board Chair, attended the
meeting as an ex-officio member as Nathan was unavailable. The committee
continued their review of the Board Policy Handbook and discussed other matters
relating to Board governance, such as professional development.
afternoon, the SLT met to continue our discussions around budget options that
will be presented to Horizon’s Board to assist them as the 2017-18 budget is
finalized. Staff have worked hard to ensure that the Board has everything they
need to finalize the best budget possible for the coming school year.
I had the
pleasure of getting to a few of our schools on Friday morning, travelling to
Kelvington, Rose Valley and Archerwill for discussions with various staff
members and school administrators. I was back in the office early Friday
afternoon in order to engage in an Englefeld personnel meeting and to get
caught up on other work before heading to Quill Lake.
this time of year means that many of our schools and communities are enjoying
their graduation ceremonies. This past Friday, I had the pleasure of joining
Trustee, Christine Gradin, at the Quill Lake School graduation ceremony. In so
many ways, graduation represents a culmination of the work that every student,
every parent and every Horizon staff member is engaged in day after day from
Pre-K through to grade 12. It is a great privilege to take part in these
celebrations with our school communities.
Friday, ceremonies were held at William Derby School, Ituna School and Foam
Lake Composite High School. Trustee, Cheryl Vertefeuille, and Board Chair, Jim
Hack, joined in the celebrations at these schools to represent our Board, and
our Superintendent of Student Services, Darrell Paproski, Superintendent of
Finance Services/CFO, Marilyn Flaman and Superintendent of Learning Services,
Crandall Hrynkiw joined the ceremonies to represent my office. I would like to
thank them for being part of these important milestones in our students’ lives.
Finally, I want to say congratulations and best wishes to this latest group of
Horizon’s graduating classes.
Have a great week, everyone.- KevinKevin C.
Garinger, B.Ed, M.A.EdDirector of
Division No. 205