Success lauded at LPSD AGM


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January 19, 2016 12:36 PM

It was an A-plus kind of year for the Lloydminster Public School Division.
With more students graduating — putting the division 10 per cent above the provincial average — leading the stats in 2014/15, strong progress was made on key priorities the division set out Todd Robinson, director of education, told the Source after the board’s annual general meeting last week.
“That was kind of the point of the AGM, to celebrate some of those successes with our ratepayers — so we had a great year in 2014-15.”
One of those successes was the improvement of graduation rates for students at the Lloydminster Comprehensive High School (LCHS).
Grad rates are a top priority with all school boards in Saskatchewan with the province making it a key part of its sector plan. 
Robinson said last year LPSD’s grad rate came in at more than 85 per cent.
“We’re really excited about the growth that we’ve had in that area and that’s completely as a result of a really strong committed staff at (LCHS),” he said.
“So (the AGM) was a big celebration of that and the gains in that regard.”
The division developed some useful strategies with staff that help them know where students are in terms of academics, according to Robinson, which in turn helps them deal with individual needs.
Going forward LPSD aims to build on the achievement, holding on to the same priorities and targets that have moved them 10 per cent ahead of the provincial curve. 
Robinson said having students graduate is the division’s ultimate job and having an 85 per cent grad rate is a cause for celebration.
“It goes way beyond that because I think our community expects us to not only have kids graduate and meet the standards, but they expect us to have kids that are caring for their neighbours, understand the importance of community, and are good citizens,” he said.
“We really take that challenge seriously.”
Another success achieved in the 2024-15 school year was the literacy rates of students, another provincial average that LPSD had no problem surpassing.
The province of Saskatchewan came up with a document called Saskatchewan Reads, a tool that gives guidance to elementary and middle school teachers on how to teach literacy.
The resource was implemented at LPSD and close to 80 per cent of students in Grade 3 are reading at grade level, which is significantly higher than the provincial average.
“That was the target that was set for 2020 and in 2015 we’ve already reached the provincial target,” Robinson said.
“So we’re really pumped about the results.”

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