On behalf of our Board I pass on our gratitude to you all for the service you have given through this last term.
Changes to funding models – our Board met earlier this week and one of the matters before us was a significant challenge we have been presented with as an association. There has been an unexpected change to the transition rates as we move from the SRS model to the DMI model, which will significantly impact some of our Learning Communities and especially as the changes have happened in the middle of a budgeted year.
With considerable support from the Finance Risk and Audit committee, our Secretariat staff have worked through a strategy that will smooth out some of the unexpected transitional changes while being completely in line with our Association’s policies and recently adopted Strategic Intents.
Brad and John will be communicating the details of this very shortly, but I would like to highlight the following so that the members of our association are completely clear on what has transpired:
- An act of parliament in April effected a change on the transition rates for this year.
- Our Association had no prior knowledge of this until late May.
- Our policy is to distribute 100% of entitled funding to learning communities (less 2% SDF).
While communication about this is imminent, I would like to express sincere appreciation to John and Brad for working through this issue to minimize the short term impacts for many of our Learning Communities, while remaining 100% in line with our funding distribution policies and Strategic Intents.
Communication and Information Sharing – in the coming period you will have seen that there are a number of opportunities for Chairs of Boards to engage in information sharing sessions on line. Please encourage your local communities to engage in these wherever possible and indeed, as site leaders you are encouraged to engage wherever possible as well as we seek to build collective strength.
Strategic Intents – the call has gone out in recent weeks for people interested in forming working groups to develop strategies around our Strategic Intents. In the absence of any nomination, members of our LESNW Board will lead the development of strategies for the 5 identified goals and they (together with Secretariat staff) will be reaching out to individuals for their inputs.
Every blessing for these final weeks and (hopefully) some rest and recreation to follow.
LESNW Board Chair