One of the biggest topics during Wednesday’s bear pit session at the SUMA convention was the province’s plan for changing school governance.
A report to the provincial government in December outlined four options for transformational change the government could make, including forming one appointed board.
The province created a panel that consulted with education stakeholders and the public on the changes, but at the conference, delegates voiced their concerns their local voices wouldn’t be heard.
Education Minister Don Morgan says most of the people they talked to gave support for locally elected trustees, adding that they will be compiling a report and coming up with their recommendation that they will present to the province.
“One of the reasons we went through this process,” said Morgon, “is that we wanted to do things in a matter that would make our school system as efficient and effective as possible.”
However, president of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association Shawn Davidson says he doesn’t want to see the amalgamation get in the way of the Education Sector Strategic Plan, which is starting to show some positive student results.
“There are some really key pillars around reading goals and mathematics goals, achievement for First Nation students and graduation rates,” said Davidson. “We’re making some real progress in all of those things. We don’t want to be distracted away from our primary goals, which is educating the kids.”
Morgan says any transformational change would not affect local schools.