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Superintendent's Notebook - April 2017

Provincial Budget has Good News for our District

Spring break is over, and our students and staff are back at school. I hope the break gave everyone an opportunity to rest and recharge before getting back into the swing of things.

Spring break also gave our Central staff a bit of time to reflect on the recent provincial budget and what it means for our District. It’s great news for Edmonton Public Schools. The province will continue to fund enrolment growth, which means we’ll have funding for the 3,000 new students we’re expecting to arrive in the fall.

The province is also providing us with funds to build two new schools and see the Highlands School project come to fruition. The neighbourhoods of Highlands, Montrose and Mount Royal will soon have a fully modernized building, ensuring students in those communities have a 21st century, high-quality learning environment for decades to come. We’ve heard from the community that the history of the Highlands School building is very important to them, so the work to modernize the building will respect and maintain its heritage characteristics.

District Feedback Survey

Hearing from the community is important to us. Knowing what Edmontonians value about Edmonton Public Schools helps us make decisions that improve our District and lead to even greater student success. Until the end of April, Edmonton Public Schools is asking students, staff, parents and community members to take a few minutes to complete our District Feedback Survey. If you’re a parent or guardian of a child who attends one of our schools or a community member, I invite you to share your thoughts. The survey will only take 10-15 minutes to complete and your answers will remain anonymous.

We’ll compare the feedback we receive this year to the 2015 survey to identify areas where we’ve improved and where we can do even better.

We want to know what you value about the education Edmonton Public Schools provides, where we should focus and how we can make our District even better. Your feedback will help us make decisions and measure our progress meeting the goals and priorities in our Strategic Plan.

Every day, we work hard to create great learning and working environments and build strong relationships within our school communities. By gathering as many perspectives as we can, we aim to continue serving our 95,600 students and make sure every student has the support they need to achieve success. Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your thoughts with us through the District Feedback Survey.