E-Bulletin, March 10, 2015

1.  Divisional Strategic Plan 2015-2019 • Trustees approved the following goals as part of the division’s strategic plan for 2015-2019: o Literacy o Numeracy o Professional Learning

Communities • As part of the strategic planning process, the mission statement was reviewed and, after much discussion, it was felt by those involved that the current statement did a good job of capturing the purpose of education in Garden Valley School Division.  • To view a more detailed presentation on the division strategic plan and the planning process, please check the website at www.gvsd.ca

2.  2015-2016 School Division Budget • Trustees approved a special levy increase of $775,000 or 4.71%, which results in the mil rate remaining unchanged at 18.05 and no increase in the education taxes. • Additional expenditures are being used to cover items such as: additional literacy resources; an increase in Occupational and Physiotherapy services for students; a new staff room addition to Southwood School; additional funds to support technology in the division; the creation of a bus drop off loop at Parkland School; and additional funds to replace aging buses. • For more information, please see the budget presentation at the GVSD website at www.gvsd.ca

3.  Preliminary Kindergarten Enrolment for 2015-2016 • Kindergarten registrations have taken place at schools throughout the division, with total registration numbers around 290 students. • This number is comparable to previous years and indicates the division is on target to reach the projected enrolment of 325 students for September 2015.

4.   2015-2016 Calendar • The 2015-2016 school year calendar was approved, with the first day of classes being Wednesday, September 9, 2015 and the last day of classes for the year being Thursday, June 30, 2016. • For more details, please visit the GVSD website at www.gvsd.ca