Following a two-month summer break from regularly scheduled public meetings, the South East Cornerstone Public School Division’s board of directors got back to business in the conference room Sept. 18.
The board heard an in-person transportation appeal from Jeannine Real, who made an argument for a re-distribution or re-drawing of school bus routes in the Storthoaks, Carlyle and Redvers region of the school division.
Using a rural municipality map, Real outlined where members of her extended family and other families with school-aged children, or those who are soon to be school-aged children, are seeking services to take these children to school in Redvers.
Chairwoman Audrey Trombley assured Real the board would discuss and deliberate the appeal during an in-camera session following the regular public session later that afternoon.
Board members raised several questions and concerns regarding the request during Real’s presentation and she thanked them for their attention and interest following her 20-minute appeal.
During the opening round table session, the trustees reported that while the open business sessions had been temporarily curtailed for the summer season, they had been fairly busy on the representation front attending a number of events associated with the start of a new academic school year and the reformation of local school community councils.
Vice-chairwoman Carol Flynn, Cornerstone’s representative to the public section of the Saskatchewan School Board Association (SSBA), delivered the message that they had launched a new program to promote public schools and their role in citizenship and democracy.
“There is a Citizenship Award we are now promoting. It is a monetary award for students, groups or classes,” said Flynn.
The public section award for students from Grade 1 to 8 has been set at $1,000 and a more extensive award is allocated for students from Grade 9 to 12.
“It’s about promoting democratic values and public education and information is found on the Public Schools of Saskatchewan website,” Flynn said. “This is a three-year pilot project. The responses will then be assessed.”
In response to questions from her fellow directors, Flynn added the project has received sponsorship support that helped launch this initiative.