The department, on occasion, may publish various reports and other documents regarding specific school authorities. These documents may be of interest to the public, including parents of students enrolled with these school authorities.
On June 9, 2017, Minister David Eggen ordered a financial review of the Board System and Administration and Transportation areas of the Calgary Board of Education.
The review was the result of a significant budgeted shortfall and concerns from Calgary parents regarding school transportation. An initial report was released on September 14, 2017. The final report was released in April 2018.
Alberta Education expects the elected members of all school boards across Alberta to act in the best interests of students. After governance issues arose within the board of Edmonton Catholic School District, the Minister appointed an observer to work with the board.
The observer concluded his work on June 30, 2016, and provided a report of his findings and recommendations. Among the recommendations is for the board to regularly report to the Ministry to demonstrate the steps they are taking to improve their practices.
Alberta Education will continue to monitor the situation to ensure the board is putting the best interests of students first.
Government remains committed to taking action to help ensure a positive future for the students of Northland School Division.
A cross-ministry steering committee made up of representatives from Education, Advanced Education, Children’s Services, Health and Indigenous Relations has been created. The steering committee’s mandate is to provide ongoing oversight and strategic guidance to the division in support of its efforts to improve its educational outcomes. Government believes there has to be a fresh approach with Northland, because what has been done in the past has met with limited success.
Reports from both the Northland Inquiry Team and the Community Engagement Team continue to inform government policy and decision-making.
A series of community engagements occurred throughout 2015 to 2017 with community stakeholders in Northland to discuss governance and potential amendments to the Northland School Division Act.
As part of the Government of Alberta’s commitment to reinstate an elected board of trustees for Northland School Division this fall, Alberta Education is seeking community input on possible ward structures for the division. Click here for more information.