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News Release: FMPSD Wins ASCA'S District School Council Engagement Award

Lorna Spargo (left) presents Linda Mywaart, Board Chair with the ASCA Award Lorna Spargo (left) presents Linda Mywaart, Board Chair with the ASCA Award

(Fort McMurray, AB, April 27, 2018) Fort McMurray Public School District (FMPSD) is proud to win Alberta School Councils’ Association’s (ASCA) inaugural District School Council Engagement Award. The announcement was made on April 21 during ASCA’s annual general meeting in Edmonton.

ASCA represents parents on school council to engage with Alberta’s Education Ministry. According to the group, the District School Council Engagement Award “recognizes effective, inclusive, and collaborative system-wide practices that, through the efforts of a district-wide, multi-school council organization of representatives, has an identifiable impact supporting school council efforts to benefit student learning and school district success.”

The nomination was made by Jenn Ross, School Council Chair for Westview Public School. She says having a Board and senior administration readily available, and eager to address parent concerns inspired her to submit the nomination.

“FMPSD Board of Trustees and senior administration engage our parents in many ways. They are always willing to attend school council meetings, special school events and regular daily activities. They are very approachable and willing to listen to concerns and feedback. The Board and senior leaders also make use of all social media platforms to keep parents updated on activities and achievements happening throughout the District.”

                                                                                                           

                                                L-R: Trustee Dan Rizutto, school council parent Lorna Spargo, Trustee Jonathan Lambert and nominator Jenn Ross

Lorna Spargo, who has been a school council parent with FMPSD for the last 13 years, and an ASCA Director was delighted with the news.

“ASCA feels it is important to recognize the efforts made to support school councils in their role of contributing to student and school district success. To highlight these efforts, the association introduced a new award this year.”

“FMPSD really cares and values all the members of the school councils, and they encourage councils to come forward with concerns and issues they may have. Our concerns are taken to heart, and actions are taken to work towards a resolution,” Spargo notes.

Linda Mywaart, Chair, FMPSD Board of Trustees was on hand for the announcement. She credits District wide collaboration for the honour.

"Working cooperatively, for the ultimate benefit and success of our students, is a priority for parents, staff and the Board of FMPSD. We have all worked hard to create and maintain open, clear lines of communication, and facilitate opportunities for strong parent voice. This award is a testimony to the relationships and good work being done by all."

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Manager

Fort McMurray Public School District #2833

Cell: 780-880-7666

Work: 780-788-8009

kiran.malikkhan@fmpsd.ab.ca