PAA Governance Transferred to Alberta Conference

Lacombe, Alberta – In May of 2019, Burman University initiated a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Alberta Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church regarding Parkview Adventist Academy. The goal of the MOU is to transfer governance and ownership of Parkview Adventist Academy (PAA), from Burman University to the Alberta Conference. On October 4, 2019, the Burman University Board of Trustees voted to approve the offer of the MOU to the Alberta Conference. On October 20, 2019, the Alberta Conference Board of Directors voted to accept the offer.

 

The MOU between the two organizations, which goes into effect November 1, 2019, outlines that The Alberta Conference will commence ownership and operation of PAA in the fall of 2020. Burman University will also provide land and an endowment that will facilitate the building of a new high school. The Alberta Conference will assume full responsibility for the planning and construction of the new facility. PAA will remain at its existing location until the new building is complete. A date for construction has yet to be determined.

 

Burman University and the Alberta Conference have worked diligently to ensure the long-term success of PAA. The Alberta Conference is happy to accommodate the transition of PAA from a Burman/Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada entity, to an Alberta Conference school.

Frequently asked questions

1. What is happening to PAA governance and ownership?


In May of 2019, Burman University initiated a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Alberta Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church regarding Parkview Adventist Academy. The goal of the MOU is to transfer governance and ownership of Parkview Adventist Academy (PAA), from Burman University to the Alberta Conference. On October 4, 2019, the Burman University Board of Trustees voted to approve the offer of the MOU to the Alberta Conference. On October 20, 2019, the Alberta Conference Board of Directors voted to accept the offer. The MOU between the two organizations, which goes into effect November 1, 2019, outlines that The Alberta Conference will commence ownership and operation of PAA in the fall of 2020. Burman University will also provide land and an endowment that will facilitate the building of a new high school. The Alberta Conference will assume full responsibility for the planning and construction of the new facility. PAA will remain at its existing location until the new building is complete.




2. When will this transition take place?


The initial transition from Burman to the Alberta Conference will take place on or before September 1, 2020. The anticipated date for completion of the transition is September 1, 2022.




3. How long will it take? What is the timeline?


The initial transition from Burman to the Alberta Conference will take place on or before September 1, 2020. The anticipated date for completion of the transition is September 1, 2022.3 “For the current time and near future (3-5 years), the existing PAA building will be available for the academy to continue its operations"




4. How will this transfer affect my son or daughter, who attends PAA? What about boarding?


Burman will provide boarding opportunities for any PAA students who require on -campus accommodations. The students will be housed in one of the university residence halls. They will be a part of the meal plan at the campus cafeteria. Parents may find other accommodations for their student(s) in the community, which then must be approved by the administration of PAA.




5. As a PAA student’s parent, should I do or be aware of anything in particular during this transition?


Please stay tuned for communicative updates on the transition. We will try to post items here on the website that are of importance. Also, we will seek to utilize regular school channels of communication with students and parents to keep them updated. Regarding Finances: For additional clarity, the accounts receivable and accounts payable balances of August 31, 2020, will become the responsibility of the Alberta Conference as of September 1, 2020. Parents will need to plan to have all accounts fully paid by August 31, 2020. Regarding Boarding: See the answer to question #4 above.




6. How will this transfer affect alumni of PAA?


Burman recognizes that it has a shared alumni base with PAA. Therefore, until either party deems it not to be beneficial, Burman will continue to offer and share an annual alumni homecoming weekend with the new school. The alumni can continue to choose which institution it would like to support through alumni financial gifts.




7. Will tuition be affected by this transfer?


PAA will charge tuition to the parents or guardians at the rate that is set by the school board and approved by the Alberta Conference. The Conference will assume the authority to charge and collect tuition for the school year on or before the initial transition date. For additional clarity, the accounts receivable and accounts payable balances of August 31, 2020, will become the responsibility of the Alberta Conference as of September 1, 2020. Parents will need to plan to have all accounts fully paid by August 31, 2020.




8. Will PAA be getting new teachers or keeping the same ones?


Teachers will be hired at the discretion of the newly appointed school board as well as the Alberta Conference. The Alberta Conference commits to making their best effort to have the PAA teachers accommodated with continued employment, if possible.




9. Will PAA be getting a new principal or keeping the same one?


Mr. Dallas Weis will be staying on as Principal for the 2020-21 school year.




10. Will PAA’s name be changed?


The Alberta Conference will have the right to maintain the name of the current school (i.e. Parkview Adventist Academy) or, if it so chooses, and with input from the constituency, be able to change the name to reflect current or future realities and interests.




11. When will the new facility be built?


A date for construction has yet to be determined




12. Where will the new facility be built?


A negotiated piece of property will be provided by Burman to place the new school. The property, as mutually agreed to by both Burman and the Alberta Conference, will have the title transferred to the Alberta Conference.




13. Will the new facility have a gym?


Yes, the new school will include a full-size gymnasium.




14. How many students will the new facility accommodate?


Approximately 120, which is double its current capacity




15. What relationship will Burman and The Alberta Conference have to each other with PAA, during the transition and implementation?


Implementation, including all government and denominational approvals, will be directed by the Alberta Conference and its Office of Education, in conjunction with the PAA principal. Burman will provide support as needed. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Alberta Conference and Burman will serve as the basis for the implementation.




16. Who is directly overseeing the entire project of the PAA Transfer?


See the answer to #15 above




17. In addition to The Alberta Conference and Burman University, what kind of Church support is there behind this transition?


The transition period from a western conference/SDACC supported boarding academy to an Alberta Conference operated school will take some time to ensure that the continuance of excellence in secondary education is maintained. To this end, the following entities have committed to provided funding to ensure the success of the new entity. 1. Manitoba-Saskatchewan Conference a) 2020 - $10,000 2. British Columbia Conference a) 2020/2021 school year – 75% of regular appropriation funding b) 2021/2022 school year – 50% of regular appropriation funding 3. Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada a) Regular appropriation funding for five years from the date of transition to the new building.




18. When can we expect to know the full details and plans of the new PAA?


Recognizing that this transition is complex and will take a considerable amount of time to work through all the details, Burman and the Alberta Conference commit to providing accurate and timely reports to the constituency during the implementation and transition process.




19. I have additional questions. Who do I contact and how do I contact them?


Ronda Ziakris, Education Director, MEd, BEd The Alberta Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church 5816 Hwy 2A, Lacombe, AB T4L 2G5 Phone: (403) 342-5044 ext 200 (877) 300-8843 rziakris@albertaadventist.ca





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