Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Woodcroft School- Future use

15 language consultants and three support staff from the Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education will be temporarial working out of Woodcroft School for the summer. They were moved to Woodcroft due to space constrictions at their original home (the Alberta School for the Deaf).

Beginning in September, the district will undertake consultation with the community regarding future use of the building.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Office Hours- Balance

The summer months are a great time to sort, reflect and clear away the mess. My husband and I have set a target to remove from our house 50 large bags of "stuff" to donate to Goodwill. We're up to 21 so far! Clearing away the unusable, ugly, misshapen, ill-conceived, out-of-date, and ridiculous from our lives feels very, very good. I can now walk into my basement and feel calm. I can find things. I can breathe!

So, what's this got to do with my office hours?

Well, last year, I found that I was working all the time, around the clock, on weekends, evenings, at suppertime, etc. In my effort to be accessible and accountable and responsible... the pendulum swung too far and I was on the fast track to burnout. So, this year, I'm going to set some clear boundaries for myself and try to maintain a healthier balance. It may not be common knowledge, but the job of trustee is intended as a part-time job! It is compensated at a rate of approximately 20 hours per week.

So--- here's the plan:
My office hours next year will be between 10 AM and 1 PM everyday (Monday to Friday). During this time, I will be answering emails, reading reports, attending committee meetings and responding to constituents' concerns. Unless I'm in a meeting, (like the conference meeting which runs from 8:30 AM to 1 PM every second Tuesday), my office hours will be the best time to reach me. Anything I don't get finished by 1 PM, gets put in tomorrow's pile. The computer gets shut down and the cellphone goes off. (I'm feeling sweaty just writing this!)

5 hours a week will be devoted to other meetings and evening functions, including public board meetings, school visits, functions/events and intergovernmental meetings that can't be accommodated during the 10 - 1 PM hours.

I know I will run over 20 hours, but my hope is with these parameters in place, I'll be closer to 20 than last year's 40 or more!

Your patience is appreciated, as it may now take me a day or two to respond to your concerns. I wish you good health and may we all find balance in our lives!