A Generative Governance Team

A Generative Governance Team

Director of Communications – As I turn my calendar from September to October, I can’t help but feel a bit melancholy. On October 16, a slate of new trustees will take the helm of Rocky View Schools, marking the departure of four veteran board members – all of whom have worked tirelessly to champion our students’ success.

Since the early ’90s, I’ve worked under a number of Superintendents helping to support nine Boards of Trustees; I believe this last set of trustees to be among the best. Under the leadership of Board Chair Colleen Munro, I witnessed a board look inward to clarify its role and re-emerge as a truly generative governance team, committed to community engagement practices, policy making and oversight, and advocacy.

Entrusting the operations of the jurisdiction to two Superintendents, over the last 48 months trustees ensured the voice of our school communities was heard by directing several community consultations be held on a variety of topics, such as four-year planning, attendance boundaries, student assessment, and ward boundaries. They re-wrote their own playbook, reducing the number of policies from over 200 to just 26. They advocated to government and achieved funding for six new schools and a major addition. And most importantly, they kept the needs of students and teachers at the forefront, setting and re-affirming across all four years that their number one budget priority be “direct classroom instruction”.

To Colleen Munro, current Board Chair and Ward 5 Trustee, I thank you for your leadership and setting in motion the Board’s role clarification process. Having served as a trustee for the last 10 years, your dedication to our students, communities, and public service is admirable.

To Bev LaPeare, Ward 2 Trustee, as one of RVS’ longest serving trustees with four terms and 13 years of service, your voice was always one of reason and common sense. Your undying advocacy to expand services for special needs students has left its mark on our jurisdiction.

To Sylvia Eggerer, Ward 3 Truste, I will miss you! Elected in a by-election in 2006 and now completing your third term, you have been a champion for every student and kept the needs of the classroom at the forefront of every decision.

To Helen Clease, our former Ward 4 Trustee who passed away July 27, 2017, after a short, but courageous battle with cancer, your absence after three terms has truly been our loss.

To the entire Board of Trustees, 2013-2017, thank you for keeping students at the centre of every decision; your governance has been commendable.

Faces of Rocky View Schools

Faces of Rocky View Schools

Director of Communications – September is a magical time of the year in our K-12 education system. You can see it in the faces of our Kindergarten students as they arrive at school for the very first time. You can hear it in the chatter among staff as they catch up on their summer break. And you can feel it in the excitement of parents, because their kids are back in school!

Rocky View Schools Communications Department is hoping you’ll help capture this magic through its Face of Rocky View School campaign. Thorough to November 1, we are inviting emerging, apprentice, and professional photographers to help capture images across our jurisdiction that align to one of the four categories:

Culture, People, School Life – Humans are the most fascinating subject a photographer can choose! This category calls to photographers who can capture the face of learning through portraitures, daily rituals, and traditions in their school.

Architecture, Schoolscapes, Learning Spaces – From the buzz of a busy hallway to the serenity of a wooded classroom, photographers will aim to capture the vitality or raw beauty of RVS’ learning environments.

Action, Sports, Adventure – Energy, adrenaline, activity. Turning movement into an eternal moment. Photographers will aim to capture action and adventure in the blink of an eye.

Creative Composition – Creative digital photographers can take an average photo and transform it into an illustrative work of art. For those that think of photography as a blank canvas.

Up to 50 photos will be selected and featured on RVS’ new public website that will be launched in the spring, along with the photographer’s credits. The photos also will be mounted in RVS’ Education Centre foyer and celebrated at a “Faces of Rocky View Schools Exhibition” in 2017.

We’ve already received a number of fantastic shots from students and staff. I hope you’ll help us capture the magic!

Welcome back everyone!

BTW. Greg I’m still waiting to get paid that $1 for breaking our branding standards…..