PWPSD Board News - May 26, 2022

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MAY 26, 2022
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2022-2023 to kick off with 18 new administrators

Staff throughout PWPSD have been busy filling 18 administrator roles for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. As of date, 17 of the 18 positions have been filled, with the Assistant Principal role at Beaverlodge Regional High School being the only outstanding vacancy.

Congratulations to the Division's newest administrators!

Central Office:

  • Shawn O'Shea, Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services
  • Penny Rose, Director of Education Services


  • Michael Rourke, Beaverlodge Regional High School
  • Stephen Clark, Bezanson School
  • Rebecca Jobson, Colony Schools
  • Tanya Walker, Elmworth School
  • Cindy Young, Helen E. Taylor School
  • Nicole Gillies, Penson School
  • Sherry Wishnowski, Ridgevalley School
  • Elizabeth Linfield, Robert W. Zahara School
  • Robyn Lieverse, Wembley Elementary School
  • Abby Stilwell, Whispering Ridge Community School

Assistant Principals:

  • Jonathan Groff, Harry Balfour School (acting)
  • Allicia MacAlister, Helen E. Taylor School
  • Kelly Woltjer, Hythe Regional School
  • Maryanne Buck, Whispering Ridge Community School
  • Peter Bailey, Whispering Ridge Community School

Spring budget approved

The Board approved the 2022-2023 Operating Budget with Revenues of $83,624,416, and Expenses of $85,640,776, as presented by Secretary Treasurer Ralph Paquin. 

PWPSD receives 53 Chromebooks from United Way

PWPSD received a donation of 53 new Chromebooks from the United Way Alberta Northwest. The Chromebooks will be used to replace current devices that are nearing their end-of-life at Elmworth School and Ridgevalley School.

Members of Hythe Regional School Council present to Board

Hythe Regional School Council members Sheri Funk and Amy Sandboe, along with Principal Holly Gould, presented on the importance of having a regional junior high school in the community. 

They touched on many topics, including: communities the school serves; the array of sports teams and opportunities for students; and how the school prepares students for high school.

Hythe Regional School, which is located approximately 60 kilometres northwest of the city of Grande Prairie, serves students from the areas of:

  • Hythe
  • Kelly Lake
  • Valhalla
  • Beaverlodge
  • Demmitt
  • Horse Lake First Nation
  • Lymburn
The Council members spoke about how having teachers, with a range of knowledge and experience, allows the school to provide a diverse education with more option classes and extra-curricular sports and activities. They also shared some insight into what could happen if the current student population were to decrease. "Reducing student populations could dilute the richness and variety of learning opportunities; reduce the availability of learning support staff; eliminate K&E classes; limit sports and extra-curricular opportunities; and decrease enrollments and high school completion rates across all communities."

The Board received the presentation as information.

Committee & Meeting Reports

  • Trustee Clarke presented the Policy Review Committee Report
  • Trustee Kelm presented the Communications Committee Report
  • Trustee Riding presented the ASBA Zone 1 Meeting Report

Upcoming Events

  • June is National Indigenous History Month
  • Last Board Meeting of the 2021-2022 school year: Thursday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Happy Father's Day!: Sunday, June 19
  • National Indigenous Peoples Day: Tuesday, June 21
  • First day of summer: Tuesday, June 21
  • Last day of school for students: Tuesday, June 28 
  • Last day of school for staff: Wednesday, June 29
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