Meeting Notes - October 18, 2016

Administration continues to work on a plan to reduce the $3.75 million deficit which will be brought to trustees for consideration in the near future.

In developing the plan, Administration is attempting to reach out to staff at all levels to get input on where they think they can make reductions and what they can live without. I really appreciate these efforts to make collaborative decisions with all staff. This is a “we’re in it together” approach and a recognition that we don’t want to make high-handed decisions without knowing how it affects the people “on the ground”.

Administration also provided their report in response to Trustee Halberstadt’s recent motion about the pool at Kennedy Collegiate.

That administration report to the board on the costs and savings, pros and cons, over the next five years of closing the Kennedy Collegiate pool and include the cost of filling in the pool.

The report indicated that it costs $67,000 to operate the pool each year, with little to no use. Moreover, in 2013, we received a report that indicated $500,000 in renewal needs in the next 5 to 10 years. I anticipate that closing this pool may come forward as a recommendation in Administration’s deficit mitigation strategy. At this time, given the costs and lack of use, I am open to closing the pool, but look forward to a full discussion.

During announcements I discussed two upcoming community events that the board can participate in. First, the Windsor International Film Festival runs from November 1-6 and this year is particularly special because WIFF has been declared the second largest film festival in Canada – something to be proud of. I think this is a great opportunity to take in some arts and culture and I look forward to attending! I am especially interested in “The Eagle Huntress”. Second, October 19 is Go Purple for Prevention day. I am the Director of Quality Assurance at the Children’s Aid Society so this cause is close to my heart. In fact, October is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month across the province. It’s important that the community and students across the board know how to ask for help, to recognize when help is needed, and how to give help. I provided purple ribbons to raise awareness to all trustees, administration, union reps, the home and school association reps, and media who were in attendance. The theme this year is “iBREAKthesilence” and many local community organizations are participating this year including GECDSB.

Finally, congratulations to our September Student of the Month, Maria Jose, who was described as an exceptional student ambassador. In addition to being a member of WCCA’s model United Nations and Social Justice committee, she is also a Minister on student council. She is a dedicated student and talented artist who recently had art displayed at the National Gallery of Canada. Her classmates are proud that she is a Walkerville Tartan!

The next meeting is on November 1, which will be for the Education and Ops & Finance Standing Committees. All are welcome to attend!


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Jessica Sartori