Help needed for The Board of Trustees of the Red Deer Public Schools No. 104

Description of Charity/Foundation:
Red Deer Public Schools is responsible for providing the opportunity for our students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for become self-reliant, responsible, caring and contributing members of society.
We have a responsibility to provide instructional programs that ensure students have opportunities to meet provincial graduation requirements and become prepared for entry into the workplace or post-secondary studies. Our first obligation is to provide a solid core program consisting of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. We have a further responsibility to ensure that our students understand the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and that they have the physical and intellectual skills as well as the creative abilities and disposition, to pursue learning throughout life.

Red Deer Public Schools serves 10,000 students within the City of Red Deer

– 10% of students are registered in our French Immersion Program
– 8% of students have self identified as First Nations, Metis or Inuit

Red Deer Public Schools has 1000 staff members including

– 550 Teachers
– 385 Classified Staff – including educational assistants, office staff, etc.
– 112 Caretakers and Maintenance Staff

Our $100 million budget is allocated to

– 77% to Instruction
– 13% to Facilities and Maintenance
– 8% to Transportation
– 3% to Administration

The purpose is to support our schools with their fund raising needs such as equipment for schools, nutritional programs for students, athletic programs for students, support extracurricular activities, support field trip etc.

Description of Role:
Red Deer Public Schools is seeking 2 community members with financial expertise and business knowledge to serve on its audit committee for a 2-year term effective September 1, 2016.
The audit committee is comprised of 3 Trustees and 2 independent members drawn from the community at large. The primary role of the audit committee is to assist the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its duties related to governance and oversight. The duties of the audit committee fall under the following key areas: the financial reporting process, internal control framework, risk management practices, performance and function of the board’s internal and external auditors and the board’s compliance with its obligations under legislation. The Committee meets at least 3 times a year, plus ad hoc meetings as required.

Certification or Education Required:
Applicants must have sufficient accounting, senior financial management or other relevant business experience to understand public sector accounting and auditing standards.

The applicant must demonstrate an interest in and commitment to public education and learning.

The applicant must not be a current employee or officer of the board or of any other district school board or school authority.

The applicant must not have a parent, child or spouse currently employed by the board

Applicable Interests:
The applicant must demonstrate an interest in and commitment to public education and learning.

Duration of Term:
1 Year to 2 Years

Charity/Foundation Website:
Colin Cairney