Meeting Notes - May 18, 2017

Tonight we recognized 10 staff members including teachers, principals, attendance counsellors, and one of our secretaries for Outstanding Service. 

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Meeting Notes - April 18, 2017

It’s that time of year again in which we celebrate the GECDSB Champions for Education. Every year the board recognizes the invaluable and selfless contributions of 10 community groups and parents in schools across the board. 

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Meeting Notes - April 4, 2017

Tonight’s meeting was for the Standing Committee of Education, which I chair, and Operations and Finance, chaired by Trustee Dave Taves. The Education Committee continued with our theme of “Educating the Whole Child”, focusing on Health & Physical Education and Indigenous Education tonight. 

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Meeting Notes - March 21, 2017

The meeting tonight was packed with policy reviews and Superintendent Vicki Houston’s Operational Plan.

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Meeting Notes - February 21, 2017

Superintendents Howitt and Pyke presented their operational plans. Operational Plans are annual updates of their respective portfolios.

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Meeting Notes - February 7, 2017

I was delighted to lead my first meeting as Chair of the Education Committee tonight. In consultation with Vice Chair Halberstadt and Superintendent Dr. Howitt, we have developed a theme for this year’s committee which will help set the stage for the presentations and topics that are discussed over the next 11 months: “Educating the Whole Child”. We have a great year planned with topics covering mental health, special needs and exceptional students, academic achievement, socio-demographic challenges, EQAO, health and physical education, technology, and more.

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Meeting Notes - December 13, 2016

Tonight trustees unanimously supported administration’s recommendations to conduct accommodation (student space / infrastructure / programming) reviews in two families of schools including Forest Glade and Leamington elementary schools.

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Meeting Notes - December 6, 2016

Tonight we had our annual Organizational Meeting during which we hold our internal elections. Congratulations to our new Board Chair, Trustee Kim McKinley, and Vice Chair, Ron LeClair.

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Meeting Notes - November 15, 2016

Tonight we discussed administration’s Long Term Accommodation Plan (for empty student spaces) which addressed my motion in May and received unanimous support from trustees:

That administration have 6 months to develop a board-wide strategic plan for accommodations that includes community partners, in particular but not limited to, municipal governments.

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Meeting Notes - November 1, 2016

During the Operations & Finance Committee meeting tonight we discussed the recent memorandum from the Ministry of Education which indicates our board can receive $856,000 for retrofitting and creating accessibility for community partners in our schools.

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