June 28th saw the Portage la Prairie School Division hold its last board meeting of the school year.
It was a light meeting, but the board did go over a few topics, including:
- Teachers being shuffled around, resigning or retiring.
- Graduation ceremonies taking place on June 29th.
- Safe grad on June 30th.
- September 7th being the first day of the 2022 school year.
- Report cards being emailed to parents on June 29th. If there are any issues with the email, you can contact schools on June 30th.
- A reminder that School Board elections coming up in October.
Chair of the Board, Rod Brownlee, took time to thank staff throughout the division for their hard work this year.
"Most staff will be returning in the fall, but as usual, some will not. We thank those who are leaving for their work with our students. For those returning, enjoy your summer break, refresh and come back to carry on the dedicated work with our students."
Superintendent Todd Cuddington also shared his thoughts on the year.
"It's been a very challenging second year of COVID. We had hoped to start the year and return to normal, and we found that that wasn't the case. I just want to thank our teachers for being incredibly professional, hardworking and adaptable. I think that we've come through COVID surprisingly well, and that's largely due to the hard work and effort of everyone. So, I want to just say thank you and wish everyone a great summer. A well-deserved summer, and hopefully, it will be a restful and healthy one."
Cuddington went on to give a special shoutout to everyone retiring from the division, noting that their long years of service aren't unrecognized.
As far as the future is concerned, the superintendent says that the division hopes that when September rolls around, COVID will be in the rearview mirror so that schools can go back to what's most important, learning and building friendships.
The first board meeting for the 2022-23 school year will take place on September 13th.