School division kicks off 2012-2013 year
Assistant superintendent Mike Mauws pictured during the first school board meeting of the 2012-2013 year, Thursday. The meeting saw trustees updated on many activities that will be unfolding over the next year. (ROBIN DUDGEON/THE DAILY GRAPHIC/QMI AGENCY)
The Portage la Prairie School Division held its inaugural meeting of the 2012-2013 school year, Thursday night, where trustees were updated on many of the new initiatives that will be affecting the division in the coming year.
French Revitalization grant
Last year the division received a grant for $17,200 for a French Second Language Revitalization program, which was mostly used to provide professional development to French teachers.
The division has applied for a second grant for $15,000, which it has now received, said assistant superintendent Mike Mauws.
“That’s a great bonus to the division to continue the work that was started last year around a basic French program,” said Mauws during the meeting. “There’s certainly a lot of planning that has gone into that particular grant application and we’ve had some very good results from it last year.”
PD goes paperless
The Portage la Prairie School Division is yet again going paperless, this time with professional development requests.
The CIMS program – which was used last year to digitize things such as bus requests, payroll, and ordering of supplies – has also taken on professional development requests and registration for workshops within the division.
“Starting this fall we’ve gone paperless with our professional development requests. For years and years when teachers would go and take a PD day this nice green form was filled out, would be passed around, and eventually wind up on my desk. We have moved to using CIMS and having teachers applying online,” explained Mauws.
The new form was been well received by teachers and many of the glitches were worked out during the summer.
“We’ll hopefully save ourselves quite a bit of paper and again just take advantage of some of the technology that we have at our disposal,” said Mauws.