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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RCMP investigate possible abduction in Warman

At approximately 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday May 23, 2017, Warman RCMP responded to a call of a 12-year-old male wandering on a range road just north-west of Warman. Shortly after the initial call, police received another call reporting the same youth missing from a local playground.

RCMP are now investigating the complaint as a possible abduction.

The youth was taken to hospital as a precaution and released shortly after.

Warman RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in reporting any suspicious activity, particularly in and around the Prairie Oasis park/playground area at Rigmor St. and 3rd Ave. South, or near the clean-fill disposal site on Range Road #3051 on the north-west edge of town. Police are particularly interested in speaking with the occupants of two pick-up trucks (one red, one white) that were spotted in the area of #3051 around that time to determine whether they witnessed anything. Continue reading “RCMP investigate possible abduction in Warman”

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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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