In January, 2019, the provincial government launched a review of Manitoba’s K-12 education system. Two matters which may be under consideration in this review are the large-scale amalgamation of the current 37 elected school boards in our province, and a possible move to appointed, rather than elected, school boards.
School boards are grassroots, democratic institutions. Alone, either of these changes would severely undermine the ability of communities to shape local schools. The first would create overly-large administrative units, and the second would eliminate the right of communities to choose their own representatives to govern their school system. Together, these two changes could silence the community’s voice in education completely. Together, they would take away community ownership of local schools.
We elect and empower LOCAL VOICES (people from our community, people we know and trust) to guide LOCAL CHOICES (to shape the values and directions of our local schools). Having a local board determine the mission and core values of GVSD schools, and having a local board which can set a budget that reflects our community’s priorities, is a privilege we should not take for granted. We encourage you to study the facts. If you wish to share your thoughts, or would like further clarification, please feel free to contact one of our local trustees, or contact the school division office.
Please visit this site again for updates on the provincial education review, and how GVSD is responding to this review. Local voices allowed the GVSD Board to make some of the following choices:
Local governmance has allowed GVSD to implement division-wide Literacy and Numeracy initiatives. The division has been able to increase staffing and hire Literacy and Numeracy Coordinators.
A new 'Zone' and cafeteria was constructed at Garden Valley Collegiate. Having a local board has also allowed staffroom renovations at Border Valley, Southwood and JR Walkof.
Classrooms and hallways have been renovated at Winkler Elementary School. New hardwood gym floors have also been installed at Winkler Elementary School and Parkland School.
Local governance has allowed GVSD and Western School Division to share a bus garage called Centre Line. It has also allowed GVSD to offer winter busing during the winter months.
A partnership with the Red River Technical Vocational Area has enabled GVSD students to access cutting-edge technical programs and build career pathways. In addition to the 12 external programs available to GVSD students through the RRTVA, GVSD has developed its own programs in: Automotive Technology, Baking and Pastry Arts, Culinary Arts, Electrical Technology, Esthetics, Hairstyling and Heavy Duty Equipment.
Local governance means that GVSD can develop programs that support students, such as Alternative Education and the Fresh Start program located at The Bunker. Partnerships with special organizations, such as the Winkler Family Resource Centre and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, allow GVSD to extend the reach of learning and support in the community.