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May 26, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

May 29, 2017

The Horizon 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.

With Victoria 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.

Also on 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.

The Board’s 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.

On Thursday 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.

Of course, 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.

Also on 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.

- Kevin

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