Within the next several months Wolf Creek Public School trustees are going to be kept busy as they attend event after event and meeting after meeting.
Threat and risk assessment follow-ups
On Jan. 24 and 25 trustees Lorrie Jess, Bob Huff, Trudy Bratland and Barb Walker will attend a meeting geared to discuss threat and risk protocols in schools. Leading the meeting is Kevin Cameron from the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and the Trauma Response.
“At Wolf Creek School Division, we strive to put a continued effort into the treat and risk assessment procedure,” said Amber Hester, assistant superintendent of student services, in a letter presented to the trustees at their Jan. 15 meeting.
Following a gun threat made against Ponoka Composite High School on Dec. 21, the trustees are also meeting with Jeff Johnson, minister of education, to discuss that situation and how it’ll affect the future.
“Would you like to highlight safety in the schools in light of recent incidents?” Joe Henderson, secretary treasurer, asked the board.
“I think that should be a high priority item because it speaks to the safety of the students and it speaks to the safety of the staff,” added trustee Karin Engen.
Engen feels if the board is going to approach funding for safety precautions in schools then they need to provide Johnson with as much information as possible.
The trustees will also lobby Johnson for a new school in Blackfalds. Jess believes Blackfalds should be a top priority at the meeting.
Testimonials, as well as facts, are going to be brought forth in hopes of getting Johnson to support a new school.
Provincial Skills Canada
The provincial Skills Canada competition is being held in May. On May 15, the first day of the competition, Engen will attend the competition in support of its endeavors and any students competing for Wolf Creek.
Conferences of choice
As a result of discussions that took between the trustees, two other conferences they were invited to have been declared conferences of choice.
The Rural Education Symposium, March 3 to 5 was made a conference of choice, as was the invitation the board received to attend the Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance short luncheon and session.
Lacombe County regional recreation workshop
Either Walker of Huff will attend the Lacombe County regional recreation master plan workshop Jan. 29.
“I think someone should go. All the municipalities are sending somebody, it’s important to the county,” said trustee Donna Peterson.
“I think it’s good PR for us to attend. I think it’s in the realm of what we’re trying to do, creating healthy people,” added Huff.