Community Engagement Events: 2023/2024

2024 Fulham and Lobstick Schools' Attendance Areas Review

Wildwood, May 14th - Attendance Area Review Results

Missed the in-person event at Wildwood?  The Board wants to hear from you.  This online survey will be collecting feedback and input from folks who did not attend or provide feedback at the event at Wildwood.  The survey will be open until Sunday, May 19th.  

Lobstick and Fulham School Attendance Areas Survey

Lobstick and Fulham School Data

The Board of Trustees for Grande Yellowhead Public School Division is inviting families and community stakeholders to an information evening regarding a review of the school attendance areas for Fulham, Niton Junction, Wildwood, and Evansburg. These areas have grown and changed since the attendance areas were last updated over 20 years ago.

This event will provide attendees with background on the attendance areas in place, reasons for the review, and to collect input and feedback on various proposed options.

Additionally, an online survey will be available for stakeholders to provide input for those unable to do so in person. Principals will forward the link to the survey to families after the event; the survey will be available to the wider community through the GYPSD website.

The review process will be transparent, and fair, and if any changes are made, they will be guided by the community’s input. 

  • The event is being held at the gymnasium at Wildwood School on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, from 6 to 8 pm.

Niton Central - Future of Grade 9 Program and the Implications to Future Junior High Programming

CONVERSATION REPORT

Q & A - RESPONSE TO EVENT PARTICIPANT QUESTIONS/COMMENTS

NEW: This previously postponed event from May 2023 has now been scheduled for January 30, 2024, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. We hope you can join us!

Families in the Hamlet of Niton Junction and Lobstick zone of Yellowhead County are invited to attend a conversation with the Board of Trustees for GYPSD about the future of the Grade 9 program and the implications to future junior high programming at Niton Central School. 

Please take a moment to read the survey results from the three NCS stakeholder groups - feedback collected in April of 2023 in preparation for the May 2023 conversation:  

Parent Survey Responses

Staff Survey Responses

Student Survey Responses

February 5, 2024 - Good News Story

2022/2023 Community Engagement Events

Jasper, Edson, and Lobstick Stakeholder Feedback Summary

The Board extends its appreciation to the stakeholders who participated in their recent community meeting with the Board and their local trustee(s).  

The input collected from the in-person meetings and online surveys has been summarized and illustrated in this document.  

Annual Community Engagement Event: Jasper

We invite our Jasper school community stakeholders to join GYPSD's Board of Trustees for an opportunity to share your voice on public education. 

February 22, 6-8 pm

Jasper Junior/Senior High School

The annual community engagement meeting provides participants with information on the Division's work and key strategies to help each student succeed.  It is an opportunity to sit with your local trustees and hear about the Board's governance focus and advocacy efforts for public education.


For planning purposes, the Board of Trustees invites school community stakeholders to propose educational topics and/or questions for the Board to address at this meeting. Your participation and input are vital to our planning process because education is built on collaboration with all of our public education partners. 

Annual Community Engagement Event: Edson Area

We invite our Edson area school community stakeholders to join GYPSD's Board of Trustees for an opportunity to share your voice on public education. 

March 2, 6-8 pm 

Parkland Composite High School  

The annual community engagement meeting provides participants with information on the Division's work and key strategies to help each student succeed.  It is an opportunity to sit with your local trustees and hear about the Board's governance focus and advocacy efforts for public education.

For planning purposes, the Board of Trustees invites school community stakeholders to propose educational topics and/or questions for the Board to address at this meeting. Your participation and input are vital to our planning process because education is built on collaboration with all of our public education partners. 

 

Annual Community Engagement Event: Lobstick

We invite our Lobstick school community stakeholders to join GYPSD's Board of Trustees for an opportunity to share your voice on public education.  

Lobstick:  March 8, 6-8 pm

Niton Central School

The annual community engagement meeting provides participants with information on the Division's work and key strategies to help each student succeed. It is an opportunity to sit with your local trustees and hear about the Board's governance focus and advocacy efforts for public education.

For planning purposes, the Board of Trustees invites school community stakeholders to propose educational topics and/or questions for the Board to address at this meeting.  
Your participation and input are vital to our planning process because education is built on collaboration with all of our public education partners. 

Hinton Attendance Area Boundary Review

January 25, 2023, Public Board Meeting Decision:

At the January 23, 2023, Public Board Meeting, the Board unanimously approved an update to the Hinton Attendance Areas for the two elementary schools, to take effect for the 2023/24 school year.  

  • Students living in the four Hinton neighbourhoods of Hardisty, Thompson Lake, Eaton
    and West Riverside are designated to CVS.
  • Students living in the three Hinton neighbourhoods of Terrace Heights, Mountainview
    and Hillcrest are designated to EMVS. Additionally, all FRIM students from all
    neighbourhoods in K-7 are designated to EMVS.
  • Students residing outside of Hinton’s municipal boundaries to the west are designated to EMVS.
  • Students residing outside of Hinton’s municipal boundaries to the east are designated to CVS.

Updated Elementary Attendance Areas MAP

The Board acknowledges that there are families whose designated school for eligible transportation services may now be different for the 2023-2024 school year.

  • Please note families are not required to change schools and the Board supports parent choice.
  • Families who choose not to attend their designated school for the 2023-2024 school year can arrange for the Division to provide busing to another GYPSD school through the School of Choice fee - see Policy 17 Appendix A.

The Board of Trustees held an extensive engagement process to ensure stakeholders
had opportunities to make suggestions, provide feedback, and identify their
boundary change preference.

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November 1, 2022

The Board of Trustees for Grande Yellowhead Public School Division is hosting families and community stakeholders for an information session regarding a review of the elementary school attendance areas for eligible transportation service in the Town of Hinton and surrounding areas. The review is needed as the population of the Town of Hinton and surrounding areas have grown and changed since the transportation boundaries were last updated over 20 years ago.

Existing Busing Boundaries

Policy 17 - Student Transportation Services

AP 305 - Student Attendance Areas

The goal of this review is to improve the alignment of attendance boundaries to the province’s Student Transportation Regulation and maintain stable enrollments between the two schools. Input from community engagement will be used to determine what, if any, changes are needed and how these changes will be implemented.

 The Board of Trustees has two in-person events planned for families and stakeholders:

1.    An information and input session will take place on November 15th to provide attendees with background on the transportation areas in place, reasons for the review, and to collect input.

2.    A workshop session will take place on December 7th where attendees will be invited to give feedback on the ideas collected at the November 15th event and give input on any proposed changes.

Additionally, an online survey will be available for stakeholders to provide input for those unable to do so in person. The survey is now closed - thank you to those who shared their thoughts. Principals will forward the link to the survey to families; the survey will be available to the wider community through the GYPSD website.

The review process will be transparent, and fair, and if any changes are made, they will be guided by the community’s input. 

Information and Input Session

Stakeholder Questions and Answers from November 15, 2022, Workshop

Stakeholder Questions and Answers from November 21 to 28 Survey

Date: Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

Time:  6:30 pm

Location: Harry Collinge High School, Learning Commons

Workshop

Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Harry Collinge High School, Learning Commons

In summary, please note that no decisions have been made. Community input is essential to ensure that the changes address the identified needs of the schools and the community. 

All of the ideas and comments collected through this review and consultation process will come forward at the January 25 Public Board Meeting where the Board will discuss options, costs, and timelines that impact courtesy service fees, and ultimately make their decisions.

This information, as well as any decisions made about the attendance boundaries, will be made publicly available for all stakeholders after the January 25th, 2023, Public Board Meeting.

Grande Cache School Closure Proposal - October 2022

At the March 9th, 2022 Public Board Meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a motion to propose the closure of Sheldon Coates Elementary School for the 2023/24 school year. The proposed closure of Sheldon Coates in 2023/24 included a reconfiguration of grades between the two remaining schools: Summitview School and Grande Cache Community High School. In the proposed reconfiguration, Summitview would provide elementary programming for children in kindergarten and students through to Grade 6, and GCCHS would provide secondary school programming for students in Grades 7-12. As part of its priority of community engagement, the Board held a public meeting on September 14th and ran an online survey from September 23 – 30th to collect input and feedback from the Grande Cache stakeholders. The data was carefully reviewed by the Board and informed their October 19th Public Board Meeting decision to not proceed with the closure.

 

Grande Cache School Closure Exploration - September 

 

Community Engagements: 2021/2022

Online Community Meetings, 2021/22

2021-2025 Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees for GYPSD hosted virtual community engagement events in the five zones that make up the jurisdiction on April 26, 27, 28, May 3 and 5, 2022. 


In addition to the community engagement zone events, we are asking for your input in this Division-wide survey. The information you provide on this survey will help to inform the Division's 3 Year Education Plan (3YEP).

We appreciate you taking the time to complete this short, confidential survey. 
Division Feedback Survey

Grande Cache April 26th, 6-8 pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/sfz-brog-qdt

Jasper April 27th, 6-8 pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/jku-uwak-nhu

Hinton April 28th, 6-8 pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/pwo-nwcy-nri

Lobstick (Evansburg, Wildwood, and Niton) May 3rd, 6-8 pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/jfx-mzif-esv

Edson and Fulham May 5th, 6-8 pm

Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/ocw-onwi-ows

 

We hope you will join the conversation!