If you pay close attention to Edmonton Public School Board meetings (and I know you do!), you might notice Trustees or District staff referring to an RFI. An RFI is a Request for Information that can be submitted by the Board or by an individual Trustee to request additional information from District administration on a subject coming before the board, or relative to the operation of schools or other educational matters. For more information, you can visit the EPSB Trustee Handbook.
If a Request for Information is submitted at a public board meeting, generally a report will come back to the Board at a subsequent meeting.
For example, at yesterday’s Board meeting, I submitted the two following RFIs:
The nature of school consolidation projects undertaken by the District has been evolving, with a current focus on modernized and/or replacement schools. This has resulted in extensive engagement throughout the process of potential school consolidation projects and in certain cases, requests to the Minister of Education for exemption to sections of the Closure of Schools Regulation.
Please provide an outline for a series of steps for school consolidation/school closure considerations, including a timeline for public engagement, and requests for information such as a community impact statement from the City of Edmonton. As well, an outline for reports and recommendations to come before the Board of Trustees in the form of Capital Plan items and amendments, and school closure motions required by the School Act.
Edmonton Public Schools values partnerships with community at the school level, advocates for schools as community hubs, and recognizes the importance of childcare to many families. Many daycares, out-of-school care centres and preschools share space within Edmonton Public Schools.
- How does the district manage relationships and leases with childcare organizations?
- If a school no longer has space to accommodate a childcare organization, how does the District ensure that partnerships are to be ended in a mutually beneficial way?
- Is there a minimum required notice to end a lease agreement with a childcare organization?