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Principal Message: June 2015


Glendale School Michelle Speight

 

 

 

 

 

Important Budget and Staffing Information for 2015-2016

At May’s monthly school council meeting, information was shared about next year’s operating budget at Glendale School. 

As discussed, there are a number of key factors impacting our budget for next year.  The key factors include:

  • A reduction in the number of registrations at Glendale School
  • A reduction in the number of students with mild/moderate and severe learning needs (codings)
  • A reduction in English Language Learner (ELL) enrolment
  • The CBE’s decision not to provide additional aboriginal student funding to schools with less than 10 aboriginal students
  • An increase in teacher and support staff salaries without adequate budget compensation from the province
  • Decrease in funding for students with mild/moderate and severe learning needs (codings)

The decrease in funding to Glendale School as a result of these factors leaves Glendale School in a significant deficit for the 2015-2016 school year.  Through an ongoing consultative process with the staff and parents at Glendale School over the last few months, a final budget was agreed upon and submitted for approval to our Area Director on May 14, 2015.

Pending our final numbers on September 30th, our budget allows us to fund the following staff allocation for the fall of 2015.

  • 1 Principal
  • 1 Assistant Principal
  • 1 Administrative Secretary
  • 10 Full time Equivalent (FTE) Teachers
  • 1 Educational Assistant (4 hours per day)
  • 1 Library Assistant

This budget represents a decrease in 0.5 FTE of a teacher, the loss of a “learning leader designation” for one teacher, the loss of an educational assistant (6 hours a day) and the reduction of our second educational assistant (from 5 hours a day to 4 hours a day).  It should be noted that should we have an increase in student enrolment before the Provincial deadline of September 30th, there may be opportunity to hire additional staff or add time to existing employees.  It should be noted that because of the size of Glendale School, historically the reduction in staff is a common event as we are highly dependent on consistent enrolment to maintain our budget.  

Staffing Updates

As shared in April, our wonderful Assistant Principal, Alison Browne will be retiring at the end of June (congratulations again!).  The hiring process for a new Assistant Principal has already begun and a decision regarding the successful candidate will be shared before the end of the school year.  

As discussed tonight, our library assistant, Mrs. Nancy Baskin will be leaving Glendale School at the end of the year.  This supports her decision to move to a part time position. Mrs. Baskin has worked in a variety of roles at Glendale School for over 15 years.   The impact that she has left on the many students, staff and parents of Glendale School is truly remarkable.  She will be greatly missed!

As a result of our budget this year, Mrs. Sakamoto has decided to leave Glendale School in order to maintain her currently hourly schedule at another CBE school.  We know that this decision was very difficult for Mrs. Sakamoto and losing her will be truly difficult for all of us.  We can’t thank Mrs. Sakamoto enough for all that she has done for Glendale School over the years.

Given that we are losing 0.5 FTE of a teacher in our upcoming budget, we were very thankful for Mrs. Konsmo’ s flexibility and personal desire to move into a part time position.   Pending significant changes in enrolment, next year, Mrs. Konsmo will be moving into the grade 5/6 team.  Thank you also to Mrs. Alefantis for her flexibility as she will be moving to the grade 3/4 team next year to support our staffing model.

Lastly, as many of you are aware, Mrs. Belcher holds a probationary contract and Ms. Masniuk holds a temporary contract.  We recently learned that Mrs. Oppenheim will not be returning to Glendale School in order to extend her parental leave with baby Harrison (Lucky Harrison!).  This leaves us with two “vacant teaching positions.”  Our ability to keep temporary and probationary teachers is highly dependent on system need.  Teachers displaced from other schools due to budget constraints or those returning from medical leaves have a contractual right to vacant positions over those with probationary or temporary contracts.  We hope to know more about these vacant positions by the end of June.

Thank you from Glendale School…

I know this is a lot of information to process but I wanted to be sure that those of you who were not able to attend our meeting, are also informed about these important updates.  This budget is indeed a difficult one for us at Glendale School and we continue to be thankful for the tremendous support that we receive from our School Council to provide our students with an incredible range of learning opportunities through their tireless fundraising efforts.  Without your support, we know that the experiences that our students have (residencies, field trips, resources etc.) would be deeply affected by this budget news. 

While we know that we are starting our year with a tight budget, I feel confident as always that together we will continue to keep our core CBE Values at the heart of all of our decisions and work together.  I cannot reiterate enough that students continue to come first, learning is our central purpose and education serves the common good.   We know that we will need to think “out of the box” as we uphold these values and the most comforting thing is that we know we continue to have your support along the way.   Thank you Glendale parents!

Please do not hesitate to speak with me should you have any questions.

Most sincerely,
Michelle Speight
Proud Principal of Glendale School
mmspeight@cbe.ab.ca

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