Friday, February 17, 2017

Trustees spent $28,597 travelling to international conferences between 2012 and 2016, expense reports show.----------Alberta’s education minister is “disappointed” Edmonton Catholic school trustees are spending education tax dollars on obtaining a master’s degree and trips to religious conferences in California.-------Julie Ali · University of Alberta Instead of being disappointed why doesn't the Education Minister simply create a single superboard for the education system with trustees from all sectors of the province? We would have savings on administration. We would have fewer trustees who don't -in my opinion do much for students other than silence no zero teachers. While the minister is amalgamating the school boards to save us major bucks, he could also get rid of the 61 superintendent positions that also cost us tons of cash .The money we save from this pruning could go to the servicing of disabled students in the system who have been shortchanged for as long as my sons have been at Edmonton Public Schools. Time for a change. If the NDP folks won't do it we will hire new politicians to do the cutbacks to salaries, benefits, expenses, positions that are required to get us out of the unsustainable debting habit.



http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/education-minister-disappointed-in-catholic-trustees-expenses

Education minister 'disappointed' in Catholic trustees' expenses

Published on: February 17, 2017 | Last Updated: February 17, 2017 5:50 PM MST
Edmonton Catholic Schools trustee Marilyn Bergstra has used education tax dollars to pay for the first term of her master's of public health degree at the University of Waterloo
Edmonton Catholic Schools trustee Marilyn Bergstra has used education tax dollars to pay for the first term of her master's of public health degree at the University of Waterloo IAN KUCERAK / POSTMEDIA, FILE
Alberta’s education minister is “disappointed” Edmonton Catholic school trustees are spending education tax dollars on obtaining a master’s degree and trips to religious conferences in California.
“Especially during tough economic times, we must all be careful with the public dollars we are entrusted with,” Minister David Eggen said in a short emailed statement Friday. “It is my expectation that every public dollar that we provide for education must be spent on supporting our students and preparing them for success.”
Catholic school trustees are at odds over the best use of the $4,000 they are each allotted every year for professional development. Trustee Marilyn Bergstra said she was puzzled when her colleagues approved tuition and travel payments for the first term of her master’s of public health degree at the University of Waterloo in 2016, then rejected her claims for 2017.
Bergstra said the degree is relevant to creating policies that improve the health of students in the district.
She also said the degree is a better value than travelling out of the country for conferences and religious events. Trustees spent $28,597 travelling to international conferences between 2012 and 2016, expense reports show.

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Maybe the minister of education can go beyond disappointment to action.Major pruning is required and if done, will free up cash for students.
If it is not done by the NDP let us hire other folks to do the pruning of all the entitlement we see in the public sphere.
Alberta's education minister is "disappointed" Edmonton Catholic school trustees are spending education tax dollars on obtaining a master's degree and trips to religious…
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Instead of being disappointed why doesn't the Education Minister simply create a single superboard for the education system with trustees from all sectors of the province? We would have savings on administration. We would have fewer trustees who don't -in my opinion do much for students other than silence no zero teachers.

While the minister is amalgamating the school boards to save us major bucks, he could also get rid of the 61 superintendent positions that also cost us tons of cash .The money we save from this pruning could go to the servicing of disabled students in the system who have been shortchanged for as long as my sons have been at Edmonton Public Schools.

Time for a change. If the NDP folks won't do it we will hire new politicians to do the cutbacks to salaries, benefits, expenses, positions that are required to get us out of the unsustainable debting habit.

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