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Westmount Charter School Board

Parents and staff are welcome to attend Charter Board meetings in the capacity of observers. All guests and observers are asked to review the Guest and Observer Card found here. Individuals who wish to have an item placed on the agenda or who wish to make a presentation to the Charter Board are asked to contact the Chairperson or Secretary-Treasurer at least 2 weeks in advance.

Charter Board meeting dates are posted here and on the school’s calendar. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are at 6:00 PM in the Board Room.

Westmount’s Board Office is located upstairs at:

728 – 32 St NW
Calgary, AB
T2N 2V9
Phone: 403.217.3707

If visiting the Board Office, please use Westmount Elementary’s doors and ask for directions – the Board Office is in a shared part of the building that needs to be accessed via the proper staircase.

Parents and staff are welcome to attend Charter Board meetings in the capacity of observers. Individuals who wish to have an item placed on the agenda or who wish to make a presentation to the Charter Board are asked to contact the Chairperson or Secretary-Treasurer at least 2 weeks in advance. All guests and observers are asked to review the Guest and Observer Card found here.

For a copy of agenda or minutes from the current years Board meetings or the AGM, please email secretary-treasurer@westmountcharter.com

Unless otherwise noted, Board Meetings are at 6:00 PM in Room 215, Board Office, Elementary Campus (upstairs in the north wing).

Wednesday     September 20, 2017
Wednesday     October 18, 2017
Wednesday     November 22, 2017
Wednesday     November 29, 2017 4:00pm – Society Annual General Meeting
Wednesday     December 20, 2017 5:00pm
Wednesday     January 17, 2018
Wednesday     February 21, 2018
Wednesday     March 21, 2018
Wednesday     April 18, 2018
Wednesday     May 16, 2018
Wednesday     June 20, 2018 5:00pm

Click here to download the Westmount Charter Board Policy Handbook.

Introduction

These policies are statements, adopted by the charter board, that:

  • guide the governance of our school;
  • reflect our values as a board; and
  • create a framework within which we charge our superintendent to administer the operations of the school.

Our policies set the terms by which the charter board governs. They are written expressions of our principles.

Administrative procedures are the procedures and practices established by or adopted by the superintendent that direct the administration in the implementation or achievement of the results expressed in or intended by board policy statements.

Whereas board policy statements express values and define important objectives, administrative procedures focus more closely on how the administration operates and manages activities within the school.

Westmount’s Charter Board director profiles are below:

Amy Burns (Non‐parent Director) is a faculty member of the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary with an administrative role as Director of Field Experience in the Undergraduate Programs in Education. Her expertise lies in the development of teaching and learning in unique contexts with a focus on leadership and the interpretation of policy in action. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Arts from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge.

Heather Clitheroe (Non-Parent Director) – Profile coming shortly.

Michelle Imer (Parent Director) – Profile coming shortly.

Peter Khu (Parent Director) – Peter is a parent board member who is focused on supporting Westmount’s inside out charter mandate. He values the goal of creating an environment where administration, staff, parents, and students can be partners in helping each child at Westmount reach their highest personal potential. Since 2011, he has been the President of the University Heights Community Association and has served on the South Shaganappi Strategic Planning Group; a regional community advocacy group within the Northwest sector of Calgary. He is also an active supporter of the arts community in Calgary and has served for two years as the President of the Tritones Rhythm Society, which brings international faculty to teach workshops at an annual tap dance festival. Peter has worked as a management consultant serving clients in North America. Currently, he is a principal in a private investment and asset management company which has land and real estate holdings in Western Canada. Peter believes in the core values of communication, collaboration, and continuous improvement and is the father of two spirited children at the Mid-High, who have thrived with Giftedness from the Inside Out as the guiding principle.

Jordan Lewis (Vice-Chair and Parent Director) Jordan is a Construction Management Consultant representing the interests of owners. He brings to the board construction knowledge that is helpful in facility and contracting decisions as well as his past experience serving on Board for an international school. He has a Bachelor of Arts from University of Richmond and a Masters in Construction Management from Virginia Tech.

Kathleen Rockwell (Chair and Parent Director) is Senior Special Counsel to the Vice‐Chairs at the Alberta Securities Commission. She brings a background in law, commerce and corporate governance policy to the Board. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Laws from McGill University.

Diane Shirra (Non‐parent Director) is Vice President Business Development for Black Swan Energy. She brings experience as a parent of two gifted children who graduated from Westmount Charter School, broad professional experience in various business functions and a commitment to charter schools and gifted education. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University and an Master of Business Administration from INSEAD (Institut European d’Administration des Affaires).

Audrey Smith (Non-parent Director) is a retired teacher with a Master of Education in Assessment from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education – University of Toronto. She has taught and done program development across the grade range from kindergarten to high school, working in regular classrooms and several special programs and settings. She has served on a Community Board as well as working in several community settings to design and program garden parks for community engagement and learning, including the Westmount Charter Primary Campus Learning Grounds. Audrey also works as an advocate for public land access for urban farming in Calgary. She is a practicing artist and has raised two gifted sons. She has special interest in developing environmental and emotional intelligence.

Myrtle Sproule (Non-Parent Director) – Profile coming shortly.

Changes in Provincial Legislation Related to Bill 24 and Bill 28

All schools were required to revise their local policies and administrative procedures to align with Bill 24: An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances and Bill 28: School Amendment Act, 2017 which received Royal Assent on December 15, 2017.

Westmount’s Board Policy 13: Welcoming, Caring, Respectful and Safe Learning and Working Environments and Administrative Procedures 338, 340 and 350 related to Student Organizations, Student Code of Conduct and Student Discipline respectively, have been amended as required. These documents may be accessed via the links below, or on our website at: https://www.westmountcharter.com/admin-procedures/

AP-338 Student Organizations and Activities to Support a Welcoming, Caring, Respectful and Safe Learning Environment

AP-340 Student Code of Conduct

AP-350 Student Discipline

Parents, staff and students are encouraged to review these documents.