Students a priority for school division, says Pavloff

Prairie Spirit School Division Board of Education Chair Larry Pavloff

Advocacy on behalf of students is a priority for the Prairie Spirit School Division (PSSD), according to Larry Pavloff, chair of the PSSD Board of Education.
Speaking at the PSSD annual general meeting in Warman on Thursday, May 25, Pavloff said the PSSD board, administration and staff “take our role as advocates for students very seriously.”
“Everything we do is student-centred,” stated Pavloff. “Our strategic direction and policies are all designed with student learning as the highest priority. We believe that students have tremendous opportunity to learn and grow in our schools.”
Pavloff said while the division has experienced increased enrolment every year since 2006, provincial funding has not kept pace. He welcomed the province’s review of the education funding formula, and noted the PSSD did receive an increase this year. However, he added, that increase “was negated by an overall funding reduction which all school divisions received across the province.”
Despite those challenges, the academic results achieved in the division are among the highest in the province, he said.
Pavloff said 86 per cent of PSSD students graduate within three years of starting Grade 10.
“This is called the ‘on-time’ graduation rate,” said Pavloff. “Prairie Spirit is 10 per cent higher than the provincial average.” Continue reading “Students a priority for school division, says Pavloff”

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Warman to apply dust-free surface to Range Road 3051

The City of Warman will be applying a layer of SB-90 Road Dust Suppressant to a portion of Range Road 3051 along the city’s western edge.
Warman City Council voted at its May 23 meeting to allocate $30,000 to the project, slated to be done in the next few weeks.
The application of the dust suppressant is aimed at alleviating the problem of dust from heavy trucks drifting into adjacent residential areas.
Warman city administration presented a report to council from consulting engineering firm AECOM outlining five options. The application of SB-90 dust suppressant was the least-expensive option, and the treatment is expected to last between three and five years.
The oil-based treatment has been used in Hague, Hepburn and Blumenthal.
In his report to council, Warman City Manager Bob Smith said approximately 1.3 kilometers of the roadway will be treated.
The northern section of the road, which connects with Highway 305, will be left untreated since there is no urban development in that area at this time.

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SUMA officials meeting in Saskatoon

More than 100 representatives from Saskatchewan towns and villages are meeting in Saskatoon today for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) annual stand-alone sector meeting.

“This is a great chance for our members to discuss common concerns and solutions,” said Vice-President of Towns Rodger Hayward. “It’s the third year we’ve held a meeting like this outside our annual convention, because the response has continued to be so positive. Hometowns are where innovation happens — necessity is the mother of innovation after all — and SUMA is happy to facilitate these important discussions.” Continue reading “SUMA officials meeting in Saskatoon”

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