Horizon wants to see school boards association reform fees

As the body that represents school board is reviewing itself, Horizon wants it to look at its fee structure and how decisions are made.

The president of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association, Shawn Davidson, came to talk to Horizon's board at its Dec. 12 meeting.

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“One of the things we’ve talked about as a board is every school division is given so many votes when it comes to passing a bylaw or resolution at the [annual general meeting] for the SSBA,” said Linda Mattock, the division's vice-chair. “We want those to be more aligned with the fee structure that we’re under.”

The votes each division has and the fee each divisions has to pay is based on the number of students they have, but while there’s a maximum cap on the fee a division has to pay, there is no cap on the number of votes.

“In larger divisions, like one you would find in an urban setting, they have a larger number of students and so they get a larger number of votes at the table and yet their fees are not that much different from small school divisions such as ours,” Mattock said, “We want to see some equity in that respect.”

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