School trustees on the business committee have created an annual work plan to ensure there is predictability and order to the way the committee’s work is carried out.
David Murchie, committee chairman, said he suggested a schedule so issues do not fall under the radar and topics are discussed at appropriate times of the year.
For example, the plan states that program or initiative reviews will be discussed in November because making a motion to review a program in May is too late in the year, as staff and trustees are in the middle of budget discussions followed by the summer break.
The plan also outlines when the committee should receive certain reports from staff, such as enrolment numbers, budget forecasts and the district’s capital plan.
“For trustees, you know when you’re going to get information, when to make motions,” Murchie said. “It’s a benefit to the public because they have a better understanding of what the business committee does and when they can get involved.”
The business committee wants to give the work plan to the policy committee for further development before it goes to the school board for final approval.