LACOMBE, AB – On September 30, 2018, the committee reviewing the feasibility of a merger between College Heights Christian School (CHCS) and Parkview Adventist Academy (PAA) gave their report to the Burman Board of Trustees at the 2018 fall meeting.
After listening to the input of concerned stakeholders, the Feasibility Review committee engaged an external ad hoc committee to review the data and to provide their recommendation. The external ad hoc committee included Jim Ingersoll (Retired Associate Superintendent from the Southern Union of Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America), Betty Bayer (Director of Education for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada), Dave Colburn (Under treasurer of the Southern Union of Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America), Dennis Plubell (Associate Director of Education for the North Pacific Union of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America), and Lee Patterson (former Educational Superintendent of conferences in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and former President of the Burman/PAA Alumni Association).
Taking into consideration the report from the external ad hoc committee along with their own findings, the Feasibility Review Committee has concluded that it is feasible for the governance of Parkview Adventist Academy to be transferred to the Alberta Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. It was noted that a K-12 model which combines the operations of PAA and CHCS is the most financially feasible option. The committee recommends that Burman University draft a written proposal addressed to the Alberta Conference which outlines how a possible merger may look like in terms of governance, governance structure, administration, finances, campus/buildings, boarding options, employees, support, and implementation.
Based on the committee’s recommendation, the Burman University Board of Trustees took the following action:
24-18/19 – VOTED Burman University administration will develop a proposal based on the Feasibility Review Committee’s recommendations and submit the proposal to the Alberta Conference for its consideration and response