COSL Chairperson – April Message
I as I sit at my computer and type this message, school leaders across the province are returning to their buildings after a well deserved Spring Break. Whether you stayed close to home or did some travelling, I hope that you were able to recharge yourself for the last three months of the school year and everything that comes with that: staffing, time tabling, budgeting, spring arts and athletics, final reports cards and year-end farewells and Graduations. All these activities and more keeping you busy in addition to the day-to-day running of a school.
The election for 2 new Leadership Team members is underway. We have 3 great candidates who bring their different experiences to the table. It is great to see the interest by our members in our organization. Good luck to Chris, Manuel and Sheri. Remember to watch for your on-line ballot this week.
April 30-May 3 will see a number of Leadership Team members and several of CAP 2020 Planning Committee members travelling to Whitehorse in the Yukon to attend CAP 2019. While in Whitehorse, in addition to attending the conference, we will be hosting a Manitoba Social to promote our 2020 event.
Over the past several months, I have visited COSL chapters in Borderland, Hanover, River East Transcona, Louis Riel and Mountain View. The bulk of the conversations at these meetings has centered-around the upcoming Provincial Education Review, Amalgamation, and Provincial Bargaining. What lies ahead in these three areas is anyone’s guess. Provincial bargaining was to have been tabled in the Legislature by the end of March, but has been pushed back due to political procedures. As for the Provincial Education Review, we sit and wait for consultations to occur. Time is running out on just when, where and how many sessions are going to take place as the Committee wants to have all their consolations wrapped up by the end of May 2019.
Several principals and vice-principals have asked me what they should be doing to get their messages across to the Ed Review Committee. My answer is to go to the Manitoba Education website and:
- make a written submission
- Try to attend a consolation session in person if it works you to do so
- Encourage your staff, family, friends to make submissions as well
James Bedford and I have been continuing our 100 schools in the 100th anniversary of The Manitoba Teachers’ Society Tour. I am happy to say that we made it to 100, Whitmore School in Dauphin on March 20, and have pushed past and are now at 108. We are off to visit Prairie Spirit and Sunrise in April. If your division has not yet been visited, reach out to your local COSL chair and/or your local MTS President to contact James or myself and we will do our best to drop by.
The COSL AGM is fast approaching. It is being held at McMaster House on May 10 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. wit hospitality to follow and Saturday, May 11 starting at 9:00 a.m. and running to 4:00 p.m. If you have not attended a COSL AGM before, consider to do so this year.
I hope that the warmer weather starts getting here soon!