Cornerstone board ratifies four-year pact with one of its unions

The South East Cornerstone Public School Division’s board has ratified a tentative four-year agreement between the board of education and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4869.

The agreement is retroactive to Sept. 1, 2018, and expires Aug. 31, 2022. The approval came during the board’s April 17 regular meeting at the head office in Weyburn.

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The union encompasses school bus drivers, administrative assistants, library technicians, educational assistants, caretakers and some counsellors.

Also at the meeting, a correspondence was received from the Saskatchewan Physical Education Association (SPEA), celebrating the success of Manor School, Gladmar Regional School, Rocanville School, Assiniboia Park Elementary School in Weyburn, and MacLeod Elementary School and McNaughton High School, which are both in Moosomin.

Each has qualified for a 2018-19 SPEA Quality Daily Physical Education leadership award.

The association explained that in order to qualify for the award, each school’s physical education program had to meet or exceed all of the Ministry of Education’s current curriculum guidelines.

“These schools have joined a select number of schools from Saskatchewan and nationally who made a commitment to provide a high quality physical education program for their students,” the SPEA said in their correspondence. “They have completed an intense online application in order to exemplify and qualify for the award.”

The dedication and commitment of the leadership at the six schools in supporting the physical education program is being recognized provincially and was lauded by the board.

Board members also reported that they have completed their community meetings to discuss the future of education, with respect to the work that is being done province-wide to elicit feedback from all interested stakeholders in the establishment of a vision for pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 education over the next decade.

They shared that although attendance for the meetings was not extremely high, participants were thoroughly engaged in the discussion sessions and when totaled across the system there was significant engagement.

In addition, director of education Lynn Little informed the board that to date, more than 60 completed feedback forms – encompassing staff, students and communities from across the school division’s jurisdiction – have been submitted to the Saskatchewan School Boards Association as part of the data gathering process, enabling individuals to provide input into Saskatchewan’s plan for education from 2020-2030.

The next board meeting will be May 15.

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