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Harry J. Clarke PS choir performed at the Annual Board Meeting

December 9, 2019—At the Annual Board Meeting this evening, Kaina Andrews, Superintendent of Education, introduced Gavin Foster, Teacher and Choir Director, Harry J. Clarke Public School. Over 20 students in the Junior Choir sang three songs (Jingle Bell Rock, Feliz Navidad and A New Year Carol), followed by three more with everyone in the room joining in (Santa Claus is Coming to Town, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Jingle Bells). Gavin also sang one on his own, A Child Just Like You,  as a tribute to students.

group photo of choir at Board meeting
Students in Junior Choir, Harry J. Clarke Public School performed at the Annual Board meeting on December 9, 2019.

Thank you to teachers Gavin Foster and Sharon Richardson, and students: Alyssa Barnes, Lyla Bessin-Holt, Marley Bessin-Holt, Liam Brinklow, Emma Cooney, Raelyn Davidson, Chloe Dunlop, Isabella Eigenbrood, Lena Geitner, Addison Harrow, Ella Harrow, Marlie Hannah, Lila Impey, Maelyn Jin, Isaak Keuning, Karlee Lounsberry, Elissa McIsaac, Lana McKeown, Iris Michell, Addi Moyles, Mackenzie Norton, Savannah Paige, Dylan Phillips, Brooklynn Shulga, Isaac Smith, Daisy Sprung and Bailey Stewart. Principal Jennifer Slater and Vice-Principal Teri Cook were also present.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, extension 62354, [email protected]

Seasons Greetings, Everyone!

I had debated on whether waiting to Friday morning was most appropriate, or sending a message to start the last week more fitting. I have opted for the latter. We have one week to go, before the annual and affectionately known time we call that “long winter’s nap” arrives. I have heard two things consistently from staff over the past few weeks: one, how quickly time has flown by since we returned to school in September and two, how people are looking forward to our annual festive and holiday recess. Not to be confused with being unhappy and forlorn, what staff are telling me is that they are tired; happy and supportive of our students, their families and of course each other, but still tired.

My response to all of you? I don’t know how many of you could not be tired! We are engaged in the hardest work that anyone possibly could be, here in the HPEDSB. We have many, many challenges with our kids and their families. We are engaged in cutting-edge learning and we have challenged each other and ourselves, including the Senior Administration Team, to be leading this improvement process, this student-centered agenda. And it’s tough, gritty and very difficult work. The needs of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board are immense, and they require an all-out effort; and so when people tell me they are tired and ready for a break, I say “As you should be!” Remind yourself that in less than one short week, you will be able to relax, enjoy company, some snacks, perhaps a good book, and hopefully time looking back but even more importantly now . . . looking ahead to 2020!

2019 will be recalled for many memories that were made here in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. I have always found the end of the calendar year a natural time for reflection and with that a more pensive assessment of the last 12 months. For you, I am sure there have been momentous events in 2019 that you will never forget; and I hope that as you end this year you do so in good health, and as importantly hopeful for the future and what lies ahead.

For me, 2019 without question or debate, will not be lost on me and for many reasons. However as the year draws to a close, I have to say I feel an incredible emotion of gratitude. I’m grateful to be reasonably healthy and strong to engage a massive agenda of student achievement and system improvement. I’m grateful that I have a team around me and a Board ready to tackle our challenges, and confront our barriers and excuses. Professionally, I am most grateful that as a director of education, I have staff in this system, from school to school, community to community, and from occupation to occupation or role, the only fitting words to describe our folks are “first class. Other words: “champion, heroic, advocates, hope,” all which describe people here, they would describe our schools, and describe a call to an ethical imperative that is unrelenting on supporting our youngest and most vulnerable.

As we approach 2020, we would be naïve to not accept that we face significant challenges and just because we will turn the page and close the chapter on 2019, does not mean our difficulties remain behind. I have met with many of you now as I have made the rounds to our schools across the entire system and I hope you have heard my message that we must confront considerable difficulties. However, with great challenges comes great opportunities and for us in the HPEDSB we have so much potential for a vision of hope and optimism, it’s hard to not be excited about 2020!

I am excited to share with you that as soon as you come back in January 2020, we will have gone live with a full-scale district and organizational consultation for a brand new strategic plan (2020-2025)! We will be in the midst of creating several iterations of a new corporate identifier and branding trademark that reflects the character of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. We will be in the midst of the implementation of a explicit Student Achievement Plan, and we will be working on a brand new Long-Term Capital Accommodation Plan addressing capacity issues in a number of our schools, and hopefully opening the door to new and innovative ideas for our kids. Yes we have been very busy setting the stage for the future, both imminently and long-term/big-picture. How could you not be excited? And the first weekend back, I will be meeting with all of our trustees at a weekend retreat where we will begin the discussion in earnest, as to who and what do we want to be, and as importantly, how do we get there??  I suppose my primary intent of this message to all of you, is to assure or maybe reassure you, that the future is here and that I believe 2020 is very bright!

As we close off and as you head into this last week, I ask you to also take a moment each day to find the little people in your schools, or the adolescent folks if you’re intermediate/secondary, who just might not be as excited about the holidays as many of us are. There are many in our communities, our schools and in our midst that have little. Never underestimate the power that a smile, a hello, or a good morning! can have on the life of someone that might be struggling. In doing so, the implicit message that “you are not alone” with a reassuring face can give hope to so many of our kids letting them know that we are more than test scores, grades and rules. We are about human beings, little ones and big ones, and doing anything and everything we can to improve lives.

As I prepare for the first time in my life to spend a Christmas morning in a hospital room, with my Dad, who has (with medical assistance) made the executive decision that we need to make some more memories of fishing and hunting together, I feel very fortunate he will recover. But even in that state, his condition is still better than that of many of our families; let us not overlook them this holiday, and in doing so be the social champion of equity we should strive to be.

I hope you feel the same way,and are optimistic about the new year. I hope you are optimistic about our future and hope you are excited for the memories we will in the HPEDSB make together. Our future is bright and our achievements yet to be determined! Embrace 2020 as a proud member of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, and with it an instilled sense of hope and beginnings.

Take care, happy holidays and a hopeful new year!

Sean


 

Lucille Kyle elected as Chair of the Board, Shannon Binder as Vice-Chair

Lucille Kyle and Shannon Binder
Congratulations to Lucille Kyle (left), elected as Chair of the Board and Shannon Binder, elected as Vice-chair of the Board.

December 10, 2019—A new chair and vice-chair of the Board have been elected for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

At its Annual Meeting on December 9, 2019, the Board of Trustees elected Lucille Kyle as Chair of the Board and Shannon Binder as Vice-chair of the Board.

Kyle expressed appreciation upon being elected and looks forward to the future.

“When I think about students, I think of their diverse learning styles, children with disabilities, some who come from poverty or from different cultures. There are so many factors to consider in these children’s lives and if we can somehow change the landscape of how they learn, we’ll make a positive difference for them for life. I appreciate all my colleagues and their support of me in this role. We’ve had a year together to see everybody’s strengths and will continue to move HPEDSB forward,” said Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board.

Kyle was first elected in December 2010, was reelected in the October 2014 municipal election and was acclaimed in the 2018 municipal election. Kyle has served as vice-chair and chair at various times since 2014.

Binder acknowledged her learning journey over the past year and willingness to contribute even more.

“I’m so grateful for the support of my colleagues and the opportunity to continue this journey within the Board. I look forward to becoming a more effective leader by supporting the Chair and advocating for the youth voice through the Student Senate. Each trustee has so much to offer and I value our varying opinions as we work through committee structure, use of schools, transparency and importantly, the creation of our new strategic plan,” said Shannon Binder, Vice-chair of the Board.

Binder was elected in the October 2018 municipal election and served as Chair of the Board during the past year.

Kyle and Binder begin their duties immediately and will serve through to the end of November 2020.

In addition to Kyle and Binder, other Board members are Mike Brant, Lisa Anne Chatten, Jennifer Cobb, Bonnie Danes, Spencer Hutchison, Alison Kelly, Krista McConnell and Kristen Parks.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) serves approximately 15,000 students each day at 40 schools (33 elementary, one K-12; four 7-12 and two secondary). Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning.

The district covers a wide geographic area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Board Meeting Update #173, December 9, 2019

December 9, 2019—This update provides a summary of the Annual  Meeting of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in January 2020.

A roll-call of trustees was conducted to open the meeting; all 10 were present.

This Annual Meeting was chaired by Sean Monteith until the chair of the Board was elected.

Presentation

Choir performance, Harry J. Clarke Public School

Laina Andrews, Superintendent of Education, introduced Gavin Foster, Teacher and Choir Director, Harry J. Clarke Public School. Over 20 students in the Junior Choir sang three songs (Jingle Bell Rock, Feliz Navidad and A New Year Carol), followed by three more with everyone in the room joining in (Santa Claus is Coming to Town, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Jingle Bells). Gavin also sang one on his own, A Child Just Like You,  as a tribute to students.

group photo of choir at Board meeting
Students in Junior Choir, Harry J. Clarke Public School performed at the Annual Board meeting on December 9, 2019.

Thank you to teachers Gavin Foster and Sharon Richardson, and students: Alyssa Barnes, Lyla Bessin-Holt, Marley Bessin-Holt, Liam Brinklow, Emma Cooney, Raelyn Davidson, Chloe Dunlop, Isabella Eigenbrood, Lena Geitner, Addison Harrow, Ella Harrow, Marlie Hannah, Lila Impey, Maelyn Jin, Isaak Keuning, Karlee Lounsberry, Elissa McIsaac, Lana McKeown, Iris Michell, Addi Moyles, Mackenzie Norton, Savannah Paige, Dylan Phillips, Brooklynn Shulga, Isaac Smith, Daisy Sprung and Bailey Stewart. Principal Jennifer Slater and Vice-Principal Teri Cook were also present.

Appointment of scrutineers

Superintendents Laina Andrews and Nick Pfeiffer were appointed as scrutineers for the elections.

Elections

Review of the election process and Board committees

Sean Monteith, Director of Education reviewed the process for elections as described in Policy 2: Governance By-laws and Standing Rules, and also reviewed the committees as described in Policy 11: Committees of the Board.

 

Lucille Kyle and Shannon Binder
Congratulations to Lucille Kyle (left), elected as Chair of the Board and Shannon Binder, elected as Vice-chair of the Board.

Chair and vice-chair of the Board

Lucille Kyle, Trustee for North Hastings was elected as Chair of the Board. Shannon Binder was elected as Vice-chair of the Board.

Revisions to Policy 11: Committees of the Board

Board members approved revisions to Policy 11: Committees of the Board. Under the revised policy:

  • public Board meetings will continue to occur on the fourth Monday of each month
  • a closed Committee of the Whole meeting may occur prior to the public Board meeting, when required
  • a public Committee of the Whole meeting will occur on the second Monday of each month

The purpose of these changes is to consolidate several meetings into two meetings each month involving all trustees, as compared to meetings of only some at one meeting and others at another meeting. This approach will allow for greater efficiencies, coherence and cohesion, in an effort to make HPEDSB a responsive and nimble organization that puts kids ahead of procedural processes.

Statutory committees
Trustees selected membership on statutory committees. For 2020, statutory committees will consist of the following members:

  • Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL) Committee: Mike Brant and Krista McConnell will be the active members. Jennifer Cobb will be the alternate.
  • Audit Committee: Shannon Binder, Jennifer Cobb and Krista McConnell will be the active members.
  • Accessibility Committee: Lisa Anne Chatten will be the active member. Bonnie Danes will be the alternate.
  • Parent Involvement Committee: Alison Kelly will be the active member. Krista McConnell will be the alternate.
  • Committee: Consists of all Board members. They serve on a rotating basis, with three required to participate in each meeting.

Administrative committees
Trustees selected membership on administrative committees. For 2020, administrative committees will consist of the following members:

  • Indigenous Education Advisory Committee: Mike Brant and Kristen Parks.
  • Equity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee: Mike Brant and Lisa Anne Chatten.
  • Great Place Awards Committee: Shannon Binder and Krista McConnell.
  • Instructional Technology Advisory Committee: Spencer Hutchison.
  • Leadership Development Steering Committee: Spencer Hutchison and Lucille Kyle.
  • Safe Schools Advisory Committee: Bonnie Danes.
  • Specialist High Skills Majors Advisory Committee: Spencer Hutchison.
  • Mental Health Leadership Team: Kristen Parks will be the active member. Krista McConnell will be the alternate.

External committees

  • Food for Learning Partnership: Lucille Kyle.

Information

Tender approval for Bayside Secondary School science labs

Board members awarded a tender in the amount of $1.78 million to K. Knudsen Construction Ltd. to renovate science labs at Bayside Secondary School.

The work will involve creating five new science labs from the existing four. New millwork will be installed along with updated gas piping and water filtration systems. Construction will begin in February 2020 with a completion goal of August 2020. Programming will be adjusted for Semester 2 which begins in February 2020. Portables are on site to accommodate the adjustments.

Strategic planning retreat for the Board of Trustees

Board members will attend a strategic planning retreat on January 10 and 11, 2020. It will take place at Graphite Camp in North Hastings. Developing a strategic plan is a core responsibility of Board members. A public consultation for the new strategic plan will be announced in early January 2020.

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A moose strolled through the yard at Bird’s Creek Public School on December 2, 2019 as students and staff looked on.

Holiday greeting card

Kerry Donnell, Communication Manager, showcased an in-house designed holiday greeting card that features a moose walking through the school yard at Bird’s Creek Public School. The photograph was taken last week and is authentic rather than a simulated experience. Electronic and paper versions will be sent out this week.

Upcoming meetings

All meetings take place at the Education Centre unless otherwise noted.

  • Thursday, December 12: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 6: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 23: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 27:
    • Public Committee of the Whole, 6:00 p.m.
    • Public Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, extension 62354, [email protected]

EVENT: Trenton High rock band Muzikwerx concert, December 12, 2019

event flyerUpdated December 9, 2019 with a new date

December 5, 2019—Calling music fans of all ages and interests—check this out.

Trenton High School’s rock band Muzikwerx will perform an evening concert for the public.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, December 12, 2019
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Trenton High School, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton

The band and school choir will perform a wide range of music—from modern hits by the Jonas Brothers and Lil Nas X, to eighties tunes like Take On Me and Video Killed the Radio Star, as well as classic songs by Queen and The Beatles.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students (under age 10 is free), available at the door.

All are to support music at Trenton High School.

For more information, please contact:
Trenton High School, [email protected] or 613.392.1227

How strong is a cardboard boat? These students found out

November 26, 2019—How strong is a cardboard boat? How is one built using only duct tape? Will it float with weight in it? Those are some of the questions secondary school students explored recently.

Students from Bayside Secondary School and Centennial Secondary School participated in the Skills Canada/Ontario Cardboard Boat Races.

Leading up to the November 26th competition, Grade 12 Physics students researched, designed, test-built and test-floated prototypes. On competition day, they transposed the small designs into full-scale models using only cardboard and duct tape as building materials. They had two hours to complete the build.

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Students work together on the design and structure of their boat.

students working together measuring and taping their boat
Measurements are taken and duct tape applied. The more tape, the better…

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A festive cardboard boat? Students add their creative touches to make their unique design even more unique!

students test their cardboard boats in the water
Students put their boats to the test. How far will boats float? How much weight will they hold?

Teams of four are provided all the necessary materials to build a boat in just two hours. Students must use their problem-solving, teamwork and design skills as they create a seaworthy structure

Teams were judged on the quality of construction, planning and design, safety and cleanliness, teamwork and team spirit, visual appeal and essential skills knowledge. Then they took to the pool for speed and a weight challenges.

The competition took place at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

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Board Meeting Update #172, November 25, 2019

November 25, 2019—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, November 25, 2019 at Eastside Secondary School. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in January 2020.

Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board, acknowledged the First Peoples of the territory. This evening we acknowledge that the land on which we are gathered is part of the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge the land to show respect and recognize the First Peoples of the territory; their history, culture and perspectives and as a step towards reconciliation.

Character Moment of Reflection

Each Board meeting opens with a Character Moment of Reflection. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Growing with Character is our intentional focus on creating safe, caring, respectful and inclusive learning environments where students develop the foundation for good character. Growing with Character is the foundation of the school board strategic plan. Through Growing with Character, we model, teach and expect demonstrations of our eight character traits which are: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

This evening Lucille Kyle, Trustee, North Hastings, asked all to reflect on Honesty. She shared a personal story about honesty in her personal life.

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Thank you to presenters from Eastside Secondary School: Eric Fetterley, Vice-principal; Shara Jones, Teacher; Jessica Stuart, Teacher; Ken Manderville, Principal; Morgan Bernhardt, Grade 9 Student; and Joe Brown, Teacher.

Celebrating students: Eastside Secondary School

A student and staff from Eastside Secondary School presented three topics: a welcome message in the Mohawk language, a video about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and a presentation about assistive technology.

The teaching of a language has to come from the heart; you can know the words, know the grammar and mechanics, although we speak from our soul, from our lived experiences and understandings. Teacher Joe Brown brings the Mohawk language to life and to heart for students both at Eastside and also at the HOPE program. Student Morgan Bernhardt recited a greeting in Mohawk.

The IB program engages students to reach further, dig deeper and contribute to both their immediate and distance communities. The presenters showed a video about this program.

The work in assisting students in their learning is vast and teachers support students in a variety of ways every day. The learning is also dynamic and never ending. This presentation showcased how assistive technology is used with students at Eastside SS.

Superintendent of Education Laina Andrews thanked guests Morgan Bernhardt, Grade 9 Student and Joe Brown,  Teacher; Kate Cockburn, Teacher and IB Lead; and Shara Jones and Jessica Stuart, Teachers.

Recommendations

2018-2019 Consolidated Financial Statements

Board members approved the Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ending August 31, 2019.

During the year the board expended $13,746,542 on capital asset acquisition/construction. These expenditures are funded through a variety of sources including capital priorities, school condition improvement, and school renewal grants.

The audited financial statements result in an in-year surplus of $6,840,755 and a corresponding in-year surplus for Ministry compliance reporting purposes of $5,147,658. This brings the total accumulated surplus available for compliance to $9,578,037. The original budget plan for 2018-19 was forecast to have a surplus for compliance purposes of $1,546,019, as required by the board’s mandated Multi-Year Financial Recovery Plan. The board has exceeded its targets under the Multi-Year Financial Recovery Plan for the 2018-2019 year.

Revisions to Policy 11: Committees of the Board 

This topic was tabled (deferred) to a next meeting to allow more consideration and fulsome discussion.

Information

Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for December 2019. Upcoming events include the following among many more:

  • December 2:
    • Band Performance, Bayside Public School, 3:45 p.m.
    • Spaghetti Lunch, V.P. Carswell Elementary School
  • December 3 & 4: Lion’s Club Vision and Hearing Screening for JK/SK
  • December 4 & 5: District Girls and Boys Volleyball Tournaments, North Hastings High School
  • December 6: Performance about gender-based violence at the Core Arts Centre, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute students
  • December 12: Whole School excursion to Stirling Festival Theatre, Massassaga-Rednersville Public School
  • December 13: Co-op Open House, Bayside Secondary School
  • December 18:
    • Festive Lunch, Bird’s Creek Public School and Marmora Public School
    • Christmas Auction (school and community), Trenton High School

Report from the Chair

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Summary of an Eastern Region meeting in early November hosted by Limestone District School Board

Report from the Executive Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Strategic planning, board rebranding, Board credit cards, student trustee participation in closed (in-camera) meetings

Report from the Audit Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Draft 2018-2019 financial statements mentioned above
  • 2019-2020 Risk Assessment Project

Questions, reports and proposals from trustees and student trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Student Senate meeting summary: students are using Discord to communicate online; update from the Mental Health Leadership Team
  • Reference to calls of action about missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and queer people
  • Request for ‘student voice’ to be included on the agendas for public meetings (this will be reviewed through a policy change)
  • Attendance at the provincial Advocacy  Day in Toronto today hosted by the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association

Correspondence

Letter from Waterloo Region District School Board regarding TeachON

Upcoming meetings

All meetings take place at the Education Centre unless otherwise noted.

  • Monday, December 9: Annual Public Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 12: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 6: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 23: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 27:
    • Public Committee of the Whole, 6:00 p.m.
    • Public Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, extension 62354, [email protected]

MISSION:KINDNESS challenges for Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

MISSION:Kindness challenges
Schools can participate in “MISSION:KINDNESS” and then challenge other schools to say and do nice things during Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week.

November 15, 2019—The award-winning Say and Do Nice Things (SDNT) campaign is back starting November 18, 2019.

New for this year is MISSION:KINDNESS, bringing a positive twist to SDNT and promoting kindness by saying and doing nice things in schools and communities. Schools are encouraged to challenge one another and share through social media.

MISSION:KINDNESS coincides with the provincial Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week which is November 18 – 22, 2019. It is a time for students, employees, parents/guardians and community to learn more about bullying and its effect people. Even so, saying and doing nice things goes beyond that week—they can happen all year long.

Schools received promotional materials consisting of posters, postcards, PA announcements, and simple, fun daily challenges.

Daily messaging and challenges are geared around the following kindness traits:

  • Kindness & Empathy Monday
  • Listening Tuesday
  • Helpful Wednesday
  • Thankful Thursday
  • Social Friday

Schools are encouraged to challenge other schools to complete missions and share through social media using the hashtags #MISSION:KINDNESS @SayDoNiceThings #SayDoNiceThings #CaringCounts #HPEDSB_BeWell

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

With Reflection and In Remembrance

Good Morning, Wacheya!

In these roles that some of us have with additional responsibility, we can at times subject ourselves to forgetting we are not immune from the personal impact of life and the interactions of others. As I get older and chalk up more and more lived experiences, being grounded by others becomes more and more humbling. Indeed, on two different occasions these past few weeks, being humbled and honoured would not be strong enough sentiments to appropriately describe my experiences. Trust me, adhering to the very sage advice that both as a supervisor and colleague I have often given others (for me personally over the past decade) is unquestionably humbling. I think perhaps upon reflection, it isn’t so much a question of acknowledging that, as much as it is a question of whether we are willing to see it? And perhaps even more importantly, showing ourselves to be a bit vulnerable and allowing others to see that we are human too, regardless of title and position.

But when it is you, yourself, facing directly into the mirror and having to abide by the very same offering of guidance, it is very different. That is when you tell folks that they need to put “Family First” before they put all else. Usually this is within the construct of work, or professional responsibilities. Sometimes it occurs when we are facing professional commitments that we may feel compromised, because we also might have something pulling on us at home, in our personal lives and within our very own family. To be very candid, there were two different occasions in the past few weeks when I had to say to two of my Senior Admin team members that they had to put themselves and their families first; and they did of course as they were advised. But it felt very different two weeks ago last Sunday, when I received a call myself from my parents telling me that my own Dad was having some serious pains in his stomach and they thought it might be a “good idea to go into the hospital and get looked at.” At the time and in that moment, it was both weird and also not a big deal (or so it seemed) because nothing is ever wrong with Dad. He is not even 70 years old yet, walks about 10 miles a day, and was out moose hunting only a week before, so what could be wrong??!! In fact, we have on occasion been confused for being brothers and not father/son…which doesn’t say much for how his only boy is aging does it?!

Even when I was told on that Sunday evening Dad was going into emergency surgery to have his appendix removed did I actually sense that it could remotely serious. Except it wasn’t his appendix, it was something else that led into a very bad surgical experience. Two days later after masking my concern through a Board meeting, and then again with my Senior Admin team, and continuing to try and convince myself that he would be fine, I finally relented. To be fair, his condition had caught all of us off guard; nobody was expecting this. I really didn’t want to have to go back to see what was going on because I was convinced he was fine; and besides I had so many commitments that Friday and weekend. I mean I had a staff meeting at Bayside Secondary with the staff there later in the morning on November 1st that I was looking forward to. I had been invited and was really looking forward to meeting and speaking with all of our CUPE folks and connecting with them before that even. Later in the afternoon I had been invited to Prince Charles Public School in Trenton to share some work that I had done on FASD. And to round out the day and over the weekend, I was supposed to teach the Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program (SOQP) course at the Education Centre with candidates from around the region coming to Belleville. So it was really not a good time for Dad to get sick all of sudden and out of the blue.

But here is the thing, by Wednesday afternoon it had become clear that Dad was not doing well, and that his initial surgery was rendering his condition very grave, as in very, very serious. I was actually visiting Prince Charles School in Belleville when I took a call and was told how serious it was. The principal clearly knew something was up from my facial expression I guess, and so when I explained only a fraction of what was going on, she turned and looked at me and said something that I have on literally thousands of occasions myself imparted to others: “Family First Sean, I know what I would be doing.” I called my Senior Team together and told them I needed to make it back to be with Dad who was deteriorating. Shockingly you know what they told me: “Go, you need to go and be with your Dad.” I called the Chair of the Board and explained with some level guilt, and she said the same thing “Family First, be with your Dad.” I called schools I was to visit and CUPE representatives…and all gave the identical response. The SOQP folks: Family was the priority, not them. It wasn’t hard hearing the message “Family First.” I’ve been saying that to others for years, and will continue to. But faced with actually accepting that and living that myself; well, that was a lesson that no course, or book on leadership, or procedure could ever teach me. Not a religious person, but admittedly more a spiritual person of the Indigenous perspective, I even asked for a higher power to intervene on that Saturday night and give us a few more years of fishing and hunting trips, and even a few more baseball and football games. Dad’s recovery will be a very long time and I believe he will recover; but in the meantime, he has given cause for his (at times) stubborn son to realize that we all have to reflect and consider what is really important and what is “just” important. Judging by the emails from so many of you about your own family experiences and those of your parents, many have learned this firsthand, and so with gratitude I want to say thank you.

If there is a time that Family and loved ones makes us reflect and remember, it is usually around significant events or personal dates. Most commonly these are birthdays, anniversaries, holidays like Christmas or Thanksgiving, and one that has always had special meaning for many….Remembrance Day. It is always a day that has had prominent meaning for me, being the grandson of a Veteran of WWII, and still able to recall with clarity and vivid detail attending the cenotaph. I like many of you likely recall seeing Veterans and the “stories” on their faces, and impression of pride, honour, valour, and remembering. So it was with some level of enthusiasm that I accepted to go to Trenton High School for their Remembrance Day Ceremony at the school auditorium this past Monday. In fact, I think excitement to actually go to Trenton for Remembrance Day for this northern boy might be more appropriate as a description. The service, jointly presented and coordinated by staff and students was exceptional, and stirring. Pictures of Veterans both far and near, and with some of their loved ones and family members actually from the community or even the school in the auditorium, at times made the atmosphere virtually palpable. But without question, and unlike anything I have ever experienced came towards the end of the service when the student emcees shared that we would “now have the song Highway of Heros by the Trews played for the audience.”

What happened after that, I will never forget in my life. The song is well-known, it’s symbolic meaning for this area and the community of Trenton and CFB Trenton, its families, our families, our students and our staff undeniable. And something that many people including myself have only ever seen on television, the actual honouring on the Highway of Heroes. But as the song started to play…the entire student body, I mean every single student, stood and sang the song together, right on cue. I suspect the students of Trenton High School are like many other teenagers attending high school around the Board, and across the province trying to navigate that increasingly complex teenage world. I also suspect that many of the kids that attend Trenton High School have challenges and face situations that most kids elsewhere do not; and I also will speculate that the staff of Trenton High School are very well-aware of many of these challenges their kids face…both in school and at home. But for those brief four minutes while that song played and those kids sang, all I could I think of was how proud they should be of themselves, how proud their teachers and staff were, how proud their principal must have felt. The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board was made proud by the kids of THS, and I’ll tell you what…on November 11, 2019 I had to have been the proudest Director of Education in Ontario because there was nowhere else I wanted to be than in that auditorium, that morning. I know that in every single one of schools and in communities extraordinary staff were doing equally extraordinary things with our kids, and I promise you we will celebrate them all!

We might find ourselves at times getting caught up with the “busy-ness” of our work and also our personal lives, but these past few weeks have driven home in a very visceral way the importance of Family, remembrance, reflection, and stopping to realize life’s lessons if we only are willing to stop and smell the roses. I thank you out there who have been motivated to share with me your thoughts for the future and your hopes, and I encourage you to keep them coming,. We are now well into the beginning of a great journey and one where we will all learn and grow together.

Miiweh, take care, and have a great weekend.

Sean


 

EVENT: IB and Foundations Information Session, November 25, 2019

November 15, 2019—Students and their parents/guardians are invited to an information session (Pdf) to learn more about the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Foundations programs.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Monday, November 25, 2019
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Eastside Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

The Foundations and International Baccalaureate programs offer enriched educational environments through enhanced courses that stimulate curiosity and inquiry, fostering a spirit of discovery and an enjoyment of learning.

Find out more about Go to the website to learn more: http://www.ibo.org/benefits/

Applications for entry to the Grade 9, 10 and 11 programs will be available at this session.

For more information, please contact:
Eastside Secondary School, 613.962.8668 or [email protected]

HPEDSB sells elementary school to City of Belleville

October 30, 2019—The former Hillcrest School will be sold to the City of Belleville, as approved by the Board of Trustees Monday night.

The school was declared surplus to the needs of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board on March 26, 2018. At that time HPEDSB followed the disposal process outlined in Ontario Regulation 444/98.

“Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is pleased to see its surplus property used in a positive way, to complement existing infrastructure and for the betterment of the community. As public sector organizations it is imperative we work together to stimulate sustainable growth and improve quality of life in a way that will benefit us all,” said Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board.

“The City of Belleville is grateful to the HPEDSB for accepting our offer on the Hillcrest School site and we appreciate Director Monteith facilitating the quick resolution of the sale,” said Mayor Mitch Panciuk. “We will now undertake community consultations to hear from area residents about what potential recreation and green spaces they would like to see on this site. This is consistent with our desire to provide more quality of life offerings for Belleville residents.”

The $800,000 sale price was agreed to following appraisals by both parties: $950,000 by appraisers for HPEDSB and $800,000 by appraisers for the City. The closing date is January 15, 2020.

The 2.8 hectare property is located at 88 West Street in Belleville. The school was closed in June 2017 following an accommodation review. At that time it was a JK-Grade 5 school with an enrolment of 121 students and a capacity of 168 students, representing a 72% utilization rate. The school was built in 1942 with renovations/additions in 1950 and 1968.

For more information, please contact:

  • HPEDSB: Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1-800- 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]
  • City of Belleville: Marilyn Warren, Communications Coordinator, 613-967-3200, ext. 3263,  [email protected]

 

Board Meeting Update #171, October 28, 2019

October 28, 2019—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, October 28, 2019 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in November 2019.

Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board, acknowledged the First Peoples of the territory. This evening we acknowledge that the land on which we are gathered is part of the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge the land to show respect and recognize the First Peoples of the territory; their history, culture and perspectives and as a step towards reconciliation.

Character Moment of Reflection

Each Board meeting opens with a Character Moment of Reflection. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Growing with Character is our intentional focus on creating safe, caring, respectful and inclusive learning environments where students develop the foundation for good character. Growing with Character is the foundation of the school board strategic plan. Through Growing with Character, we model, teach and expect demonstrations of our eight character traits which are: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

This evening Alison Kelly, Trustee, South Prince Edward County, asked all to reflect on Cooperation: We work as a team for a common good. We value the opinions of others and show a willingness to work together towards a common goal.

The Wolf Pack group photo
Thank you to guests from North Hastings High School for sharing their experiences as part of the Wolf Pack. L to R: Marsha Depotier, Social Worker; Zack Kisslinger, Student; Heather Taylor, Teacher; Noah Lorusso, former NHHS Student now at Fleming College; Liah Wood, Student; Ken Dostaler, Superintendent of Education and Wayne Stewart, Principal.

Celebrating students: The North Hastings High School Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack is the North Hastings High School (NHHS) Indigenous studies club. It was formed in 2009 as a recognized need in the school. Many students had taken the then new Native Studies courses and wanted to learn more about First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures. This initial group of students hosted the first NHHS Think Indigenous Symposium which was a huge hit with the community. Since then, the Wolf Pack has evolved into a strong presence at NHHS, popular with all grades and pathways. The Wolf Pack is made up of both Indigenous students and non-indigenous allies. Students actively participate in community events, sharing their knowledge and experiences. Wolf Pack members build relationships and form community partnerships through drumming, ceremony, teachings, experiential learning on the land and yearly culture camp. The students become leaders in the school and in the community.

Wolf Pack graduation rates are 100 percent even though students in risk are often members.

The Wolf Pack gives students a place to call home where everyone is accepted for who they are and where they are in their lives. The bonds and relationships that are formed are life long as evidenced in contact with former members who are proud to call themselves Wolf Pack Alumni. See it for yourself in this video.

Thank you to the presenters Heather Taylor, Teacher; Marsha Depotier, Social Worker; and students Sophia Wagland, Liah Wood, Zach Kisslinger and former NHHS student Noah Lorusso who now attends Fleming College.

Recommendations

New Audit Committee member 

Board members approved Kim Egan for a three year term effective November 1, 2019. An external recruiting process was undertaken to find a replacement external member due to a vacancy prior to the term ending.

Appointment of External Auditors for 2019-2020

Board members approved BDO LLP as the external auditor for 2019-2020 for $40,000. Administration is satisfied with BDO’s performance to date. BDO has delivered its services in a professional, timely and accurate manner.

Internal Audit Activities update

Board members approved the Regional Internal Audit Plan which describes the purpose, mandate, responsibilities and reporting mechanisms for internal audits, among other topics.

Disposition of Hillcrest School

Board members approved the disposition of Hillcrest School to the City of Belleville for $800,000. In May 2018, HPEDSB obtained an appraisal for the property from Stanley T. Reid & Associates in the amount of $950,000. In September 2019, HPEDSB received a letter from Mayor Mitch Panciuk, City of Belleville, offering to purchase the property for $800,000 and provided a copy of their appraisal in this amount prepared by MW Cotman & Associates.

Multi-year Annual Accessibility Plan

Board members approved the Multi-Year Annual Accessibility Plan for the period September 2019 to August 2024. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005) (AODA) and the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2001) (ODA) require school boards to prepare annual plans to address barriers to persons with disabilities. The plan has had several revisions since it was first published in 2005.

Information

Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for November 2019. Upcoming events include the following among many more:

  • November 5 & 7: COSSA Girls Rugby AAA, Centennial Secondary School
  • November 6: Rocks and Rings Curling, Bird’s Creek Public School, all classes
  • November 11: Remembrance Day Ceremonies, various schools
  • November 13: School Bus Safety Presentation, V.P. Carswell Elementary School
  • November 14: Arts Night, Centennial Secondary School
  • November 15: Elementary Progress Reports go home
  • November 22: Student Recyclers Conference, Frankford Public School
  • November 26: Cardboard Boat Races, Wellness Centre, various secondary schools

Report from the Chair

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Changes in Board processes and procedures to assist in improving student achievement

Report from the Executive Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Changes to committees, specifically Program and Human Resourcess, and Operations and Finance, to reduce the number of committees. This work will transfer to a public Committee of the Whole Board meeting each month

Report from the Audit Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Appointment of a new Audit Committee member and other audit-related topics mentioned above
  • Discussion of the annual audit report to be submitted to the Ministry of Education by the end of November

Report from Trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Summary of the Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA) Board of Directors meeting held Thursday, September 27 to 28, 2019 in Toronto
  • Summary of the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) meeting held October 23, 2019
  • Update from the Parent Involvement Committee held October 24, 2019
  • Mention of the possible creation of a policy about racism as a companion to two existing procedures

Report from Student Trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Student Senate actions for this school year are in the areas of outreach to fellow students; hosting a student-led  symposium; and engaging elementary students to expand the student voice
  • Desire to ban single-use plastics throughout HPEDSB

Report from staff: Education Quality & Accountability Office (EQAO)

The EQAO achievement results for HPEDSB students were released September 25, 2019. A system level review of the data involved an analysis of trends over time and areas of strengths and needs, and how to align resources and supports provided to schools and educators. The analysis indicates student performance is static in some areas and trending downward in others. Achievement results are concerning. Higher levels of achievement for HPEDSB students is required in order to close achievement gaps and have more students progressing towards graduation.

HPEDSB has exceptional educators who are committed to supporting student achievement. We know we have the right people in our schools to change this trend. We are are confident that with an increased effort to hear from our teachers and administrators about the learning needs of students from the classroom and school levels, the appropriate resources can be provided to address these student needs.

What is next? EQAO outreach officers are going to each school to help with the following:

  • complete a three-year item analysis;
  • develop a plan to implement supports for  schools based on their needs; and
  • support schools through focused use of learning partners, instructional coaches and coordinators.

Upcoming meetings

All meetings take place at the Education Centre unless otherwise noted.

  • Monday, November 4: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 6: Audit Committee, 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, November 25:
    • Public Committee of the Whole, Eastside Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville, 6:00 p.m.
    • Public Board Meeting, Eastside Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville, 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 28, Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, extension 62354, [email protected]

PECI students participate in Local Government Week

October 21, 2019–This week is Local Government Week in Ontario and students at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute are eager to participate.

Two Grade 5 classes will visit the Prince Edward County municipality office, known as Shire Hall, on Thursday, October 24 for a hands-on learning experience.

In the morning, they will hear from municipal staff and participate in a Council-led activity. At 1:00 p.m., the students will present at the Committee of the Whole meeting to share their ideas about preparing for climate change and making the County a more livable community.

Watch the live stream online.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Harvest Festival celebration at Eastside Secondary School

October 21, 2019–Harvest Festival (Pdf) is an annual traditional celebration for Mohawk people. It takes place at Eastside Secondary School.

This event begins with the recognition of Onkwehonwe (original people) through a thanksgiving of all things in creation.Harvest Festival
From there, students will divide into clans and participate in the following activities:
  1. Corn Husk Doll Making
  2. History of Lacrosse
  3. How to play Lacrosse
  4. Making Strawberry Drink
  5. History of Wampum Belts and the Mural in the Indigenous Gathering Space

The morning wraps up with a social celebration through traditional dancing and songs led by a singing group from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

DATE: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
TIME: 8:45 – 11:50 a.m.
LOCATION: Eastside Secondary School, 275 Farley Avenue, Belleville

This event is organized and run by the Grade 9 Mohawk Language class with support from teachers Joe Brown and Matt Sager.
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Invitation to the Parent Involvement Committee AGM, Thursday, October 24, 2019

October 17, 2019—Calling all school council members, parents and guardians.

Lee-Anne Kerr radio invitation to the PIC AGMYou’re invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Parent Involvement Committee. It’s a well-known fact that parent involvement makes a huge difference in a child’s education. The Parent Involvement Committee is great way to get involved—and to make connections between home and school to support your child’s learning.

Listen to the radio invitation to the Parent Involvement Committee Annual General Meeting (Mp3)

Annual General Meeting of the Parent Involvement Committee

6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 24, 2019

5:30 p.m., Networking and light refreshments

Five locations to choose from:

1. Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

  • Video conference sites

2. Centre Hastings Secondary School, 129 Elgin Street, Madoc

3. North Hastings High School, 14 Monck Street, Bancroft

4. Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton

5. Trenton High School, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton

Registration is required by Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Please feel free to bring your children, free child care will be available.

For more information, please contact:
Director’s Office, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62201, [email protected]

 

To Be Thankful

Good Morning, Everyone!

As we head into a long weekend and one we generally consider as Thanksgiving, I want to offer my own “Thanks” to all of you.

At this point, and as you read this to start your Friday, schools and classrooms have hopefully settled into a routine of learning and provocation. As we close the second week of October we hope our kids have adjusted to new learning environments, a new grade and one with enhanced expectations and outcomes.

And as staff, my hope for you as you begin a well-deserved long weekend, is that you are feeling confident and reassured that your employer, our HPEDSB Family, is headed in the right direction. I also hope you are feeling enthusiasm emanating from our Trustees and your Senior Administration. For myself, and still as the “New Guy” for a bit longer (like maybe a couple more weeks:)), I know I certainly am.

So what to be thankful for???

Well, I suggest we should be thankful for good health; sometimes we don’t have a choice in that and have to accept the hand we are dealt. But if you are in good health, perhaps we need to be thankful for that. If someone close to you is not in good health….be thankful you are and that you are there for them. If you are struggling, personally, be thankful that you need not be alone; your colleagues and your system, you friends are here for you. WE, are here for you.

I offer we should be thankful for Family, who see in us the good and the bad; and cause us to re-calibrate about what is important, and perhaps what is not so important. I would suggest that we are thankful for where we live. I can tell you bringing an experienced perspective from another beautiful part of the province, where we live here in Hastings County, Prince Edward County, and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory…we are blessed to live in one of the most stunning and gorgeous areas of the country hands-down. I think we should be thankful that in spite of sometimes feeling the day to day struggles and lives of working with and in service of young people, we also work in a first class organization. You work for an organization committed to getting better, and doing better by everyone who entrusts in us their most important asset, their children.

For myself as I head into a long weekend, hopefully spent at camp by a fire and good book, or out on a few remote bush roads looking for birds and maybe even something bigger, I will be reflecting and giving my own thanks.

I am thankful for being here.

There have been many days (in fact almost virtually all of them!) where I have come to work, the office, where I feel like I have won the lottery and am the luckiest guy in the world. I am privileged to be the Director of Education for the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, and after having made it to just over half of our schools already, can tell you without reservation…I have first-class staff in schools and offices anywhere. I am thankful for my staff and the families here who believe in us and believe in a bright future, unrestricted in optimism. I am thankful that you have welcomed me and have energized me to agitate new ideas and opportunities. I don’t care how hard the work is ahead, or how intimidating the challenges we face, I am not going anywhere and we as an organization, are going to take them on.

I could go on and on (and for those unfortunately around me this weekend, I will!), but from myself to all of you I want to say “Thank You.” Now having been here for 3 months, I feel we are into something very cool, very big, and very energizing. I encourage you to share laughs with family and friends this weekend, and some good food and maybe even a ginger ale; but I also encourage you to think about the work we have done and are now about to do. And I offer to you, that you all are going to be part of a new beginning and a journey of change. In this journey, I will need everyone to be strong and brave and unafraid of changes, but assured that there are steady hands at the wheel. My Senior Team are poised for the future, and motivated to work very hard for you and our students; and we will not stop until the job is done. If it is ever actually done.

Yes, there is to be much to be thankful for.

So maybe the best way to sign off, is to say simply that, which one can never say too much of…Thank You.

Take care, and have a safe and terrific Thanksgiving Weekend.

Sean


Schools will be open Monday, October 7, 2019

October 6, 2019–All schools will be open to students tomorrow, Monday, October 7, 2019.

A tentative agreement has been reached between the parties involved in negotiations for CUPE support staff. That means schools will be open to students on Monday, October 7, 2019. All job action is off and it returns to a normal school and work day.

Extra-curriculars and community use of schools will be back on.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Labour updates: CUPE support staff workers

This page is your source for information and updates about labour issues facing the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.


October 6, 2019

School is on: Tentative agreement reached for CUPE support staff workers

A tentative agreement has been reached between the parties involved in negotiations for CUPE support staff. That means schools will be open to students on Monday, October 7, 2019. All job action is off and it returns to a normal school and work day.


October 4, 2019

HPEDSB to close schools to students, Monday, October 7, 2019

Schools of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will be closed to students on Monday, October 7, 2019 if a provincial agreement is not reached or progress towards an agreement is not reached by midnight on October 6, 2019. read more

A letter will be going home with elementary students today and a voicemail message will be sent to phone numbers on file for secondary school students. Parent letter (Pdf)

Please note: If a provincial agreement is reached over the weekend, schools will be open on Monday.

We will constantly be re-evaluating this today, over the weekend and every day in the coming days. Updates will be posted here, on our Twitter account @HPEschools, and reported through the local media.


Update on CUPE job action

Update 6:00 p.m. Permits for community use of schools are cancelled effective immediately until further notice. This affects permits for indoor use (gyms, classrooms, etc.) but not outdoor use (sports fields, grounds, parking lots). It is necessary because staff are unable to set-up the rooms and clean up afterwards due the job action. Community users cannot do this work as it would be a violation of the collective agreement.

Please note that before/after school child care services are not affected and will continue to be available until further notice.

Update 3:50 p.m. Earlier today we received notice that CUPE representing unionized support staff at all our schools will be on strike beginning Monday, October 7, 2019 if a provincial agreement is not reached this coming weekend.

At HPEDSB, CUPE support staff includes secretaries, educational assistants, early childhood educators, custodians and maintenance workers, among others.

All our schools are presently open and student safety is our priority.

We are currently reviewing possible options in light of this proposed strike, including the possibility of school closures beginning Monday.

Our decision will be based on whether we can ensure the safety of students. These considerations include:

  • supervision;
  • medical supports and care;
  • safe operation of water and sanitation systems, including required water flushing;
  • conditions of school buildings and classrooms; and
  • overall safety and security.

We are actively monitoring this situation. It is fluid and rapidly changing. We will do our best to communicate actions and resulting implications for our schools, families, staff, and of course our students, as timely and responsibly as possible. We are hopeful that a provincial agreement can be reached very soon.

We appreciate your patience and understanding. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal.

Posted 10:45 a.m. Today at 10:00 a.m. the Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU) announced its’ members, consisting of unionized education support staff workers in Ontario, will go on strike on Monday, October 7, 2019. School board officials at HPEDSB are aware of this announcement and are planing for next steps. All schools remain open at this time. Student safety is our priority. Updates to come as more information is available.


September 30, 2019

Parent/guardian communications today

Parent/guardians: today a letter will be going home with all students in the elementary grades with more details about the CUPE job action. A voicemail message will go to homes of students in the secondary grades. Parent letter for elementary students (Pdf)


September 26, 2019

‘All students first’ at HPEDSB as CUPE job action is announced

Read a news release about the job action scheduled to start September 30, 2019.


September 25, 2019

Important information for families regarding CUPE job action

This morning, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) confirmed that job action will begin across the province on Monday, Sept. 30. In the HPEDSB, CUPE members include secretaries, educational assistants, early childhood educators, custodians and maintenance workers, library technicians, IT staff, student supervision monitors, among others.

At this time, HPEDSB staff are reviewing the job action directive from CUPE provincial to members to determine the impact these will have on school and work site operations, and to learning and working. HPEDSB schools will remain open to staff and students during this job action.

We appreciate that timely communication is important to you and we commit to providing you with factual details on the job action as soon as we can.


September 24, 2019

Possible CUPE job action

You may be hearing about potential Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) job action in schools across Ontario beginning next week. In the HPEDSB, CUPE represents secretaries, educational assistants, early childhood educators, custodians and maintenance workers, library technicians, IT staff, student supervision monitors, among others.

At this time, CUPE has not informed the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association that they plan to take any job action. Such notice must be done five days in advance. If we become aware of any job action, we will communicate with staff and families as soon as possible. We want to be able to share what the job action is and the possible impacts it will have on learning and working in HPEDSB schools and work sites.

We will monitor this situation and keep you updated as information becomes available.

HPEDSB to close schools to students, Monday, October 7, 2019

Updated 12:25 p.m. October 4, 2019—Schools of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will be closed to students on Monday, October 7, 2019.

This is connected to provincial job action by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) which is in negotiations with the Ministry of Education and trustee associations.

In light of this provincial strike, all schools will be closed to students on Monday, October 7, 2019 and possibly longer. 

This decision is being taken for safety and security reasons, and involved the following considerations:

  • supervision and reporting student attendance;
  • medical supports and care;
  • safe operation of water and sanitation systems, including required water flushing;
  • conditions of school buildings and classrooms; and
  • overall safety and security.

In preparation for next week, parents/guardians are encouraged to make the necessary arrangements to support their family needs. If parents/guardians access child care services in HPEDSB schools, please take direction from your child care provider.

“I recognize that keeping your children home from school is incredibly disruptive. Job action, such as a full withdrawal of services, is part of the collective bargaining process,” said Sean Monteith, Director of Education.

Staff who are not affected by the strike will be reporting to work; schools will be closed to students, not to staff.

“Even though people may have different viewpoints and perspectives, the people who are going on strike are not just staff, they’re community members, they’re family, they’re friends and we engage with each other every day, in and out of school and work. We have to remember that the dust always settles and the relationships between one another will go on,” added Monteith.

A letter will be going home with elementary students today and a voicemail message will be sent to phone numbers on file for secondary school students. Parent letter (Pdf)

It is important to point out that if a provincial agreement is reached over the weekend, schools will be open on Monday.

We will constantly be re-evaluating this situation today, over the weekend and every day in the coming days. Updates will be posted on the Labour Updates section of our website, on our Twitter account @HPEschools, and reported through local media.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

‘All students first’ at HPEDSB as CUPE job action is announced

September 26, 2019—Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, along with other Ontario school boards, has received notice that unionized support staff will be participating in job action starting September 30, 2019.

Specifically, we understand that this job action will be in the form of a selected work-to-rule approach whereby specific duties will be withdrawn and not performed by CUPE employees during the work day.

“Students come first at HPEDSB and we have high expectations of all employees. We respect the bargaining unit’s right to participate in job action and, at the same time, we are absolutely committed to student safety, and supporting continued student learning and achievement. We will continue to do our best at communicating actions and resulting implications for our schools, families, staff, and of course our students, as timely and responsibly as possible,” said Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board.

School board administration officials, school administrators and managers are aware of the job action and will be monitoring situations at all sites for student safety.

Employees affected by this job action work in the following roles at HPEDSB:

  • Central and back office clerical
  • School-based clerical
  • Communicative disorders assistants
  • Custodians
  • Educational assistants
  • Early childhood educators
  • Information technology workers
  • Library technicians
  • Maintenance and trades
  • Student supervision monitors

Background

  • Labour negotiations for the education sector are happening across Ontario. The School Boards Collective Bargaining Act (SBCBA) creates a two-tier bargaining process for the education sector.
  • Contracts for all unionized employees expired on August 31, 2019 and are currently being bargained, as outlined in legislation between the province, unions, and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), which represents public school boards at the provincial table.
  • Bargaining and conversations between the province and unions representing school support staff and teachers have been underway since the new school year.
  • At the provincial level, the government and the trustees’ associations bargain central terms with teachers’ federations and education workers’ (support staff) unions. These terms can include areas such as wages, class sizes, benefits/sick leave and hiring practices.
  • The provincial issues are ones that have the greatest monetary effect and they apply to all school boards across the province.
  • At the local level, individual school boards bargain directly with their local unions on local issues. These issues are unique to each school board and union, and may include areas such as staffing processes, professional development planning and leadership structures. Local issues typically do not have significant monetary impact.

Central negotiations are ongoing with this employee group. Local negotiations are yet to be scheduled.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Students from Hermon PS to visit colleges, universities

September 25, 2019—Hermon Public School students are getting a glimpse into their future through a visit to Fleming College in Peterborough.

This stems from a unique practice that happens at the school every day. Every morning all, students and staff meet in the gym in a circle and talk about why they have come to school. Their answers are always that we are all here to work, learn and grow.

This year, they will be broadening their horizons to look beyond the school borders and community in order to see what might be waiting for students down the road. In support of this, students in Grades 4-6 will be participating in tours of various college and university campuses.

The first visit will be to Fleming College on October 1, touring the entire campus with a special tour of the new Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre where students train in carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing and welding trades.

More visits will be scheduled during the school year.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

2019 EQAO results for Primary, Junior, Grade 9 and 10 assessments

September 25, 2019—Student achievement results for provincial assessments written last spring were released throughout the province today.

The provincial assessments, commonly referred to as EQAO tests, offer insights into whether students are meeting curriculum expectations in reading, writing and math at key stages of their education, as well as students’ attitudes and habits towards learning.

“The achievement results for HPEDSB are concerning. The data shows that our students continue to perform below the province. The results are static in some areas of reading and writing and continue to trend downwards in mathematics. We want to see a better outcome than this for our students,” said Tina Elliott, Superintendent of Curriculum Services.

These student achievement results show we have work to do at HPEDSB, starting at the central office level through to the classrooms. We are going to pause and think about how we can work differently and more closely with our classroom and school educators to reverse the achievement trends.

“We believe our students are capable of more, of a higher level of success. In fact, these achievement results do not reflect the commitment our educators show each and every day to students in support of their learning. We have first-class educators and support staff at HPEDSB. Together with their guidance and the partnership of our families, our school board will continue to be diligent in reversing this trend in support of all students first and all students achieving,” added Elliott.

HPEDSB results

Primary (Grade 3) Reading

Results over time for students achieving at the provincial average (Level 3 or 4)

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
HPEDSB N/A 59% 61% 66% 62%
Province N/A 72% 74% 75% 74%

 

Primary (Grade 3) Writing

Results over time for students achieving at the provincial average (Level 3 or 4)

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
HPEDSB N/A 61% 57% 59% 52%
Province N/A 74% 73% 72% 69%

 

Primary (Grade 3) Mathematics

Results over time for students achieving at the provincial average (Level 3 or 4)

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
HPEDSB N/A 50% 47% 47% 44%
Province N/A 63% 62% 61% 58%

 

Junior (Grade 6) Reading

Results over time for students achieving at the provincial average (Level 3 or 4)

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
HPEDSB N/A 72% 67% 72% 69%
Province N/A 81% 81% 82% 81%

 

Junior (Grade 6) Writing

Results over time for students achieving at the provincial average (Level 3 or 4)

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
HPEDSB N/A 65% 62% 64% 65%
Province N/A 80% 79% 80% 82%

 

Primary (Grade 6) Mathematics

Results over time for students achieving at the provincial average (Level 3 or 4)

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
HPEDSB N/A 34% 32% 32% 28%
Province N/A 50% 50% 49% 48%

 

Primary Grade 9 Academic Mathematics

Results over time for students achieving at the provincial average (Level 3 or 4)

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
HPEDSB 78% 80% 76% 78% 78%
Province N/A 83% 83% 84% 84%

 

Primary Grade 9 Applied Mathematics

Results over time for students achieving at the provincial average (Level 3 or 4)

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
HPEDSB 50% 51% 41% 37% 41%
Province N/A 45% 44% 45% 44%

 

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

Percentage of first-time eligible students achieving at the provincial average (Level 3 or 4)

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
HPEDSB 70% 67% 66% 62% 67%
Province 82% 81% 81% 79% 80%

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

‘HPEDSB Moving Ahead’ is the goal of new director of education

September 24, 2019—Setting a new direction for the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is the goal of Sean Monteith, the new Director of Education.

Since being offered and accepting the role, a required “on-boarding” exercise has occurred, beginning virtually immediately upon the appointment date of July 15, 2019.

In a presentation to the Board of Trustees last evening, Monteith said it is critically important in the role of the director of education/CEO, as part of the transition into a new role, to also consider two key perspectives:

  1. the openness and transparency of listening, observing, without bias or prior judgement; and
  2. the lived professional and personal experiences as  a director of education coming from one district school board to another.

“Whenever there is a transition of a senior leader of an organization, it should initiate a conversation around a review of things. The trustees have asked me to do this as their employee and it’s a natural time to do it. We’re going to try to be responsive and nimble, and react to things around us in an efficient, effective way and pragmatic way,” said Monteith.

Monteith presented elements about a system re-organization, revised senior administration responsibilities, priority areas and a review of Board processes and operating policies, as per direction from the Board of Trustees.

Monteith highlighted the following 10 themes that will be his focus during the 2019-2020 school year:

  1. Tone and Building Culture
  2. Staff Engagement
  3. Board of Trustee Empowerment
  4. Recognition and Acceptance of Challenges, Opportunities
  5. Empowerment of Principals and Vice-Principals to be Leaders of Student Achievement
  6. Autonomy
  7. Reconciliation with Indigenous Partners/Advocates for Social Justice
  8. Community Engagement
  9. Mentorship
  10. Public Confidence

“The themes are meant to make us better, re-engage in some areas and build on the engagement in others. The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has a lot of really good things going on and my job is to capitalize and build on the good things, and build on the areas where we need improvement, which is common to every organization,” added Monteith.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Board Meeting Update #170, September 23, 2019

September 23, 2019—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, September 23, 2019 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in October 2019.

Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board, acknowledged the First Peoples of the territory. This evening we acknowledge that the land on which we are gathered is part of the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge the land to show respect and recognize the First Peoples of the territory; their history, culture and perspectives and as a step towards reconciliation.

Character Moment of Reflection

Each Board meeting opens with a Character Moment of Reflection. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Growing with Character is our intentional focus on creating safe, caring, respectful and inclusive learning environments where students develop the foundation for good character. Growing with Character is the foundation of the school board strategic plan. Through Growing with Character, we model, teach and expect demonstrations of our eight character traits which are: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

This evening Spencer Hutchison, Trustee, Trenton & CFB Trenton, asked all to reflect on Caring: We demonstrate concern for self and others. We show empathy and express genuine concerns. We consider the long term effect of our actions.

Presentation

Video: All Students First, Learning Happens Here

The first few weeks of school are exciting for students and staff alike as they settle into new routines, and learning gets underway. From the first day of school, students in HPEDSB schools have been engaging in experiential learning activities and inquiries, with a focus on team building, creativity, and building literacy and numeracy skills. Staff at HPEDSB are first-class and are committed to our new approach of all students first.

Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, screened All Students First, Learning Happens Here, a short video featuring students from HPEDSB schools.

Recommendations

2019-2020 Policy review, Part 1

Board members approved reviewing the procedures noted below. The review will take place over the next couple of months and the revisions voted on in November 2019.

  • Policy 3: Board Operations
  • Policy 3A: Delegations and Presentations
  • Policy 3J: Board Review/Self-Evaluation
  • Policy 11: Committees of the Board
  • Policy 12: External Committees and Trustee Advocacy

Borrowing resolution amendment

Board members approved a borrowing resolution, authorizing the borrowing of a sum of up to $18,654,000 from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, in order to meet short-term borrowing requirements for various school improvements under the School Condition Improvement Program, in order to meet planned expenditures.

Elect/appoint a replacement trustee for committee vacancies

Board members approved the appointment of trustees to two committees. The vacancies resulted from the passing of Trustee Michael Rush, Belleville/Thurlow on July 2, 2019.

  • Trustee Alison Kelly, South Prince Edward County, will be the Chair of the Operations and Finance Committee.
  • Trustee Kelly will also become a member of the Executive Committee representing the Operations and Finance Committee.
  • Trustee Kristen Parks, Sidney & Frankford, will be the Vice-chair of the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee.
  • Trustee Krista McConnell, Belleville/Thurlow will be on the Information Technology Advisory Committee.
  • Trustee Shannon Binder, Southeast Hastings, will be on the Specialist High Skills Majors Committee.
  • Trustee Lucille Kyle, North Hastings, will be on the Food for Learning Partnership Committee and also as the alternate member on the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.

These appointments are effective immediately and will be in place until the end of the current term on November 30, 2019. New elections will take place at the Annual Board Meeting on December 2, 2019.

Information

Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for October 2019. Upcoming events include the following among many more.

  • October 3:
    • Meet the Staff & BBQ Country Dance, Tyendinaga Public School, 5:30 p.m.
    • School Bus Safety presentations, Frankford Public School and Trent River Public School
  • October 4: Canadian Lacrosse Programming, Bird’s Creek Public School

Preliminary enrolment update

Elementary enrolments were collected on September 6, 2019 and updated on September 13, 2019. Secondary enrolments were collected on September 13, 2019. The projected enrolment for the 2019-2020 school year is 10,382 elementary students and 4,460 students for a total of 14,842.

Elementary enrolment
Elementary enrolment on September 13, 2019 was 10,382 compared to a projection of 10,385, a decrease of three students from projection. A net total of two additional elementary classes have been added to comply with class size regulations. The largest change in enrolment is in the kindergarten classes, with an additional four early childhood educators being added. Overall, elementary enrolment continues to show evidence that it is stabilizing, with a year-over-year increase of 16 students.

Secondary enrolment
Using the data collected on September 13, 2019, the revised average daily enrolment (ADE) was projected for the year as 4,460. The revised projection shows a decrease of 50 ADE over original projections, and a year-over-year decrease of 104 secondary students. No changes to secondary staffing have been made as a result of September enrolments.

Administration is in the process of finalizing the impact on staff needs and class sizes to determine whether further adjustments are required.

Collective bargaining update

Superintendent Laina Andrews provided a collective bargaining update. All education sector collective agreements in the province expired August 31, 2019. A two-tier process is in place in Ontario: some items are bargained centrally and others locally. We will be working on new agreements with the unions for elementary teachers, secondary teachers, education support workers and support staff.  The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing support staff, has given notice that it will be in a strike position as of September 30, 2019.

HPEDSB has a good relationship with all unions and looks forward to bargaining in good faith

Summer Learning Program update

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board received $45,000 to host three summer learning programs (SLP) with the expectation of a minimum attendance requirement of 15 students per program. Summer learning programs were offered at Marmora Public School, Prince of Wales Public School and Prince Charles School (Belleville) based upon a review of SLP historical attendance patterns and student data. The Marmora site had 12 students registered, serving students in the Centre Hastings region and a family from North Hastings. The Prince Charles and Prince of Wales programs were over-subscribed with registration of 29 and 26 students, respectively.

The SLPs at each of three sites focused on reading and numeracy skill development for students exiting Year 2 (Senior) Kindergarten to Grade 5. Each program ran daily from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for three weeks in July 2019 and involved interactive literacy and numeracy instruction, physical activities intentionally linked to skill development (e.g. sight word hopscotch, number scavenger hunts, syllable bean bag toss). Daily learning opportunities in partnership with parent/guardians to model specific skills and/or strategies for home connection and skill retention practice (e.g. modeling Number Talk strategies such as counting on and making friendly numbers) were also part of the day. The learning was intentionally aligned with instructional and intervention strategies used during the school year to support sustainment of skills. Literacy skill development focused on developing students’ understanding of phonological awareness, reading fluency and reading-writing connections through Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI). Numeracy skill development focused on Number Talks and mental math strategies to develop concept of number and number relationships.

Having parents engaged in their child’s learning increases opportunities for success in school. The summer learning programs offered unique occasions to connect with parents/guardians who were encouraged to participate in learning alongside their child for the first 10-20 minutes and the last 20 minutes of each day by supporting and modeling skill development. Students and families were also provided with daily take home books from the Leveled Literacy Intervention program to support the continuation of reading at home and to celebrate achieved reading fluency. Parents/guardians received a variety of supplemental literacy/numeracy activities (and often asked for specific games and resources to be provided) to support the practice and development of strategies at home (e.g. sight word cards, LLI writing extensions, dice games, cut and paste literacy activities) and had an opportunity to participate in regular dialogue with the SLP site team to receive feedback, next step goals and ideas to support with skill development/sustainability.

The number of students who showed improvement in literacy reading level, as measured by running records, is shown below:

  • Marmora Public School: 7 of 12
  • Prince Charles School (Belleville): 15 of 29
  • Prince of Wales Public School: 16 of 26

A comprehensive review of the program design will be conducted to ensure appropriate programming, target populations and use of data sources.

“Moving Ahead” Report from the Director of Education

Sean Monteith, Director of Education, presented a report outlining his entry plan as the new director. It is based on two key perspectives: 1) the openness and transparency of listening, observing without bias or prior judgement; and 2) the lived professional and personal experiences as director of education coming from one school board to another.

Director Monteith highlighted the following 10 themes that will be his focus during the 2019-2020 school year:

  1. Tone and Building Culture
  2. Staff Engagement
  3. Board of Trustee Empowerment
  4. Recognition and Acceptance of Challenges, Opportunities
  5. Empowerment of Principals and Vice-Principals to be Leaders of Student Achievement
  6. Autonomy
  7. Reconciliation with Indigenous Partners/Advocates for Social Justice
  8. Community Engagement
  9. Mentorship
  10. Public Confidence

Director Monteith also presented a draft Senior Administration Organization Chart.

Report from the Chair

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Welcomed new trustee Krista McConnell for Belleville/Thurlow.
  • Policy review.
  • Senior administration organization chart review.

Report from the Indigenous Trustees’ Council

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Five priority areas:
    • Actions related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
    • Minister’s Advisory Work Group
    • Retention and Revitalization of the Indigenous Language
    • Curriculum Revisions
    • Education Service Agreements

Correspondence

Letter from the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board received July 5, 2019 about the passing of Trustee Michael Rush.

Upcoming meetings

All meetings take place at the Education Centre unless otherwise noted.

  • Wednesday, September 25: Audit Committee, 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 26: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 7: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, October 15:
    • Program and Human Resources Committee, 5:30 p.m.
    • Operations and Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 22: Parent Involvement Committee, 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 24: Special Education Advisory  Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 28: Public Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, extension 62354, [email protected]

Arts recognition award for Andrea Kerr, Curriculum Coordinator

andrea kerr at podium
Andrea Kerr expressed appreciation on being presented with the Quinte Arts Council Award.

September 19, 2019—Congratulations to Andrea Kerr, Curriculum Coordinator for the Arts, upon receiving an award from the Quinte Arts Council. The recognition was to individuals who are making Quinte a destination for anyone craving a vibrant arts and culture scene.

Kerr was recognized for being an avid promoter and supporter of Arts programs in K-12 schools. This includes the coordination of increased opportunities for learning and being involved in performances in all areas of arts: drama, dance, music and visual arts.

The nominations included the following comments:

A promoter of creativity through the Arts, Andrea is a strong believer that everyone is an artist! She works with teachers, principals and students in all schools K-12 to support the arts and promotes the arts throughout the community. Events she has been involved in include Celebration of Dance, BandFest for elementary students, the Secondary School Student Art Show, We Are One Jazz, Arts en plein air, among others.

Andrea’s strong community connections and partnerships allow students to work with artists and publicly display their art in the community.

The award was presented at the Quinte Arts Council Luncheon for the Arts/Arts Recognition Awards today.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

 

Board Meeting Update #169, September 9, 2019

September 9, 2019—This update provides a summary of the special public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, September 9, 2019 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in September 2019.

Information

Swearing in of Krista McConnell, new trustee for Belleville/Thurlow

Krista McConnell was sworn in as a new trustee for the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. McConnell replaces Michael Rush who passed away on July 2, 2019. She will be one of two trustees representing Belleville/Thurlow; the other is Lisa Anne Chatten.

McConnell grew up in Belleville and has 18 years of experience in education, nine of which in the college setting. Her background is in in business and accounting. Read more in the news release.

Entry Plan for the Director of Education

Sean Monteith, Director of Education, shared the Director of Education Entry Plan, 2019-2020 with trustees. He asked trustees to consider the following approach:

  • Formal presentation to the Board of Trustees  of the “Director of Education Entry Plan, 2019-2020” and System Annual Working Goals, at the regular Board meeting on September 23, 2019;
  • Presentation of a proposed revised Policy Review Schedule; and
  • Presentation of a Senior Administration/Administration Restructuring Plan.

BRAVO! Award for HPEDSB

Sean Monteith announced that he received a letter from the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education informing that Kerry Donnell, Communications & Privacy Manager, has won a BRAVO! Award. The national awards program honours outstanding performance by CACE members and is source of both individual and group prestige. The award will be presented in late October 2019.

Upcoming meetings

All meetings take place at the Education Centre unless otherwise noted.

  • Tuesday, September 3: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, September 9: Special Public Board Meeting, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 23: Public Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 24: Parent Involvement Committee, 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 25: Audit Committee, 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 26: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 2354, [email protected]

Welcome Krista McConnell, new trustee for Belleville/Thurlow

Krista McConnell and Sean Monteith
Krista McConnell was sworn in as the new trustee for Belleville/Thurlow this afternoon by Sean Monteith, Director of Education.

September 9, 2019—This afternoon Krista McConnell was sworn in as a new trustee for the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

McConnell grew up in Belleville and has 18 years of experience working in education, nine of which were in the college setting. Her background is in in business and accounting.

At a Special Board Meeting on July 15, 2019, Board members voted to offer the role to one of the unsuccessful candidates who ran for HPEDSB Board member in the October 2018 municipal election. This was one of three options available under school board policy. The other two involve requiring the municipality to hold a by-election or offering the role to a broader range of electors through an application process.

McConnell replaces Michael Rush who passed away on July 2, 2019. She will be one of two trustees representing Belleville/Thurlow; the other is Lisa Anne Chatten.

Quotes

  • “The entire Board of Trustees is thrilled to welcome Krista to our team. Krista brings a background in educational instruction, and has expressed a passion for student achievement, community and communication.” – Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board
  • “We welcome Krista to the Board and will provide her with the support and assurance to be an even stronger advocate for public education. She joins us at an exciting time.” — Sean Monteith, Director of Education
  • “I have an appreciation for public education and am a good listener. I will listen to my constituents’ concerns. I believe that communication and transparency are key factors in providing our children the education they need to be successful.” – Krista McConnell, Trustee, Belleville/Thurlow

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Sean Monteith, Director of Education

Welcome to the blog for Sean Monteith, Director of Education

From time to time Sean will put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard!) to share thoughts about children and youth, education, life and other reflections. These will be Sean’s thoughts in Sean’s words.


  • 2019 Director’s Annual Report January 24, 2020

    Greetings, She:Kon, Bonjour!

    To all our families, employees, community partners, former employees, elders, and most importantly our students—our future—I present the 2019 Director’s Annual Report.

    Having penned a number of these reports, I have always endeavoured to make them meaningful and relevant. Having said that, each one is always different. This year’s is most unique due to my new reality of being the proud Director of Education for the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. I share the contents of this report with my predecessor Mandy Savery-Whiteway, who retired midway through 2019. As I offer my comments and observations looking ahead, it is important for me to honour her work and contributions to the organization, and to wish her well in retirement.

    As I write this, I feel a sense of optimism and energy for 2020, building on the HPEDSB legacy of commitment and a future full of potential. Having visited every one of our schools already, and having met many staff, families and students, I sense that optimism is shared.

    As you read this report, I ask you to take note of the students and employees who are celebrated, and the positive effect the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board can have on our youth. This requires the ongoing heroic efforts of our employees. I feel it important to point out that when I refer to them, I include teachers and principals/vice-principals. As an experienced Director, I can attest to the unquestionable reality that running an organization the size of the HPEDSB and across a diverse district like ours, requires a level of coherence and intricate commitment on the part of everyone. From educational assistants, custodians and maintenance staff, early childhood educators, secretaries to the Education Centre staff who all work together to make the lives of our students extraordinary.

    As we look back on 2019, I am confident that the focus is on students. The capital work underway will put the needs of students first. The focus of the Board of Trustees will put the needs of students first and the decisions made by senior staff are always made through the lens of all students first.

    I encourage you to become engaged in our work as we develop a 2020-2025 strategic plan, a new vision statement and new branding. I invite you to join us on this new journey for HPEDSB, an organization that welcomes everyone and strives for continuous improvement.

    Sincerely,

    Sean Monteith

    Director of Education


     

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  • We are family at HPEDSB January 17, 2020

    Good Afternoon Everyone,

    As we head into the weekend and after a week that has had its share of political uncertainty I felt that it would be appropriate and prudent to address the “elephant in the room.” There is no denying that we are in the midst of uncertain times and with it, recognize that the ongoing provincial messaging and the subsequent federation actions in response to this messaging is impacting everyone. On Monday, a letter to all parents/guardians and families will go home from me on behalf of the Board. As I wrote it, I also (as I always do) kept in mind that staff and our community partners will read it, too. The messaging then is not private but for all who are invested in HPEDSB to receive. I want to ask everyone to try and remain grounded in the fact that the political turbulence we are currently experiencing will eventually subside and “normal” will return.

    It is my expressed hope this occur sooner than later.

    In the meantime and as I state in my letter, “we” in the HPEDSB are not just colleagues, staff, associates or administrators—we are family. The Board’s action and response to a rapidly unfolding situation and decisions by the government and the unions will be coordinated as best as possible, and always carefully considered through the lens of what is “the impact on our students, their families and our staff?” We will do our very best to communicate clearly, responsibly and decisively. Like you, many an the administration level are not always certain of what events may unfold day-to-day and are informed only a day or so before the public is. I promise on behalf of the Board and the Senior Administration, we will model responsible behavior that ensures our decisions and actions are made with the best information we have. I have often felt that when the going gets tough and times are uncertain, folks “look to the top” to see our response. With that in mind, we will not overreact nor behave in an indiscriminate way, but rather remain calm and measured in our approach and communication.

    In spite of the uncertainty that circles all boards in Ontario right now, and at this time let all of us in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board model good behavior, supported by solid and confident conduct.

    Please enjoy your weekend with your families and friends, and remember we will get through these next few weeks together.

    Take care,

    Sean


     

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  • December 16, 2019

    Seasons Greetings, Everyone!

    I had debated on whether waiting to Friday morning was most appropriate, or sending a message to start the last week more fitting. I have opted for the latter. We have one week to go, before the annual and affectionately known time we call that “long winter’s nap” arrives. I have heard two things consistently from staff over the past few weeks: one, how quickly time has flown by since we returned to school in September and two, how people are looking forward to our annual festive and holiday recess. Not to be confused with being unhappy and forlorn, what staff are telling me is that they are tired; happy and supportive of our students, their families and of course each other, but still tired.

    My response to all of you? I don’t know how many of you could not be tired! We are engaged in the hardest work that anyone possibly could be, here in the HPEDSB. We have many, many challenges with our kids and their families. We are engaged in cutting-edge learning and we have challenged each other and ourselves, including the Senior Administration Team, to be leading this improvement process, this student-centered agenda. And it’s tough, gritty and very difficult work. The needs of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board are immense, and they require an all-out effort; and so when people tell me they are tired and ready for a break, I say “As you should be!” Remind yourself that in less than one short week, you will be able to relax, enjoy company, some snacks, perhaps a good book, and hopefully time looking back but even more importantly now . . . looking ahead to 2020!

    2019 will be recalled for many memories that were made here in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. I have always found the end of the calendar year a natural time for reflection and with that a more pensive assessment of the last 12 months. For you, I am sure there have been momentous events in 2019 that you will never forget; and I hope that as you end this year you do so in good health, and as importantly hopeful for the future and what lies ahead.

    For me, 2019 without question or debate, will not be lost on me and for many reasons. However as the year draws to a close, I have to say I feel an incredible emotion of gratitude. I’m grateful to be reasonably healthy and strong to engage a massive agenda of student achievement and system improvement. I’m grateful that I have a team around me and a Board ready to tackle our challenges, and confront our barriers and excuses. Professionally, I am most grateful that as a director of education, I have staff in this system, from school to school, community to community, and from occupation to occupation or role, the only fitting words to describe our folks are “first class. Other words: “champion, heroic, advocates, hope,” all which describe people here, they would describe our schools, and describe a call to an ethical imperative that is unrelenting on supporting our youngest and most vulnerable.

    As we approach 2020, we would be naïve to not accept that we face significant challenges and just because we will turn the page and close the chapter on 2019, does not mean our difficulties remain behind. I have met with many of you now as I have made the rounds to our schools across the entire system and I hope you have heard my message that we must confront considerable difficulties. However, with great challenges comes great opportunities and for us in the HPEDSB we have so much potential for a vision of hope and optimism, it’s hard to not be excited about 2020!

    I am excited to share with you that as soon as you come back in January 2020, we will have gone live with a full-scale district and organizational consultation for a brand new strategic plan (2020-2025)! We will be in the midst of creating several iterations of a new corporate identifier and branding trademark that reflects the character of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. We will be in the midst of the implementation of a explicit Student Achievement Plan, and we will be working on a brand new Long-Term Capital Accommodation Plan addressing capacity issues in a number of our schools, and hopefully opening the door to new and innovative ideas for our kids. Yes we have been very busy setting the stage for the future, both imminently and long-term/big-picture. How could you not be excited? And the first weekend back, I will be meeting with all of our trustees at a weekend retreat where we will begin the discussion in earnest, as to who and what do we want to be, and as importantly, how do we get there??  I suppose my primary intent of this message to all of you, is to assure or maybe reassure you, that the future is here and that I believe 2020 is very bright!

    As we close off and as you head into this last week, I ask you to also take a moment each day to find the little people in your schools, or the adolescent folks if you’re intermediate/secondary, who just might not be as excited about the holidays as many of us are. There are many in our communities, our schools and in our midst that have little. Never underestimate the power that a smile, a hello, or a good morning! can have on the life of someone that might be struggling. In doing so, the implicit message that “you are not alone” with a reassuring face can give hope to so many of our kids letting them know that we are more than test scores, grades and rules. We are about human beings, little ones and big ones, and doing anything and everything we can to improve lives.

    As I prepare for the first time in my life to spend a Christmas morning in a hospital room, with my Dad, who has (with medical assistance) made the executive decision that we need to make some more memories of fishing and hunting together, I feel very fortunate he will recover. But even in that state, his condition is still better than that of many of our families; let us not overlook them this holiday, and in doing so be the social champion of equity we should strive to be.

    I hope you feel the same way,and are optimistic about the new year. I hope you are optimistic about our future and hope you are excited for the memories we will in the HPEDSB make together. Our future is bright and our achievements yet to be determined! Embrace 2020 as a proud member of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, and with it an instilled sense of hope and beginnings.

    Take care, happy holidays and a hopeful new year!

    Sean


     

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  • With Reflection and In Remembrance November 15, 2019

    Good Morning, Wacheya!

    In these roles that some of us have with additional responsibility, we can at times subject ourselves to forgetting we are not immune from the personal impact of life and the interactions of others. As I get older and chalk up more and more lived experiences, being grounded by others becomes more and more humbling. Indeed, on two different occasions these past few weeks, being humbled and honoured would not be strong enough sentiments to appropriately describe my experiences. Trust me, adhering to the very sage advice that both as a supervisor and colleague I have often given others (for me personally over the past decade) is unquestionably humbling. I think perhaps upon reflection, it isn’t so much a question of acknowledging that, as much as it is a question of whether we are willing to see it? And perhaps even more importantly, showing ourselves to be a bit vulnerable and allowing others to see that we are human too, regardless of title and position.

    But when it is you, yourself, facing directly into the mirror and having to abide by the very same offering of guidance, it is very different. That is when you tell folks that they need to put “Family First” before they put all else. Usually this is within the construct of work, or professional responsibilities. Sometimes it occurs when we are facing professional commitments that we may feel compromised, because we also might have something pulling on us at home, in our personal lives and within our very own family. To be very candid, there were two different occasions in the past few weeks when I had to say to two of my Senior Admin team members that they had to put themselves and their families first; and they did of course as they were advised. But it felt very different two weeks ago last Sunday, when I received a call myself from my parents telling me that my own Dad was having some serious pains in his stomach and they thought it might be a “good idea to go into the hospital and get looked at.” At the time and in that moment, it was both weird and also not a big deal (or so it seemed) because nothing is ever wrong with Dad. He is not even 70 years old yet, walks about 10 miles a day, and was out moose hunting only a week before, so what could be wrong??!! In fact, we have on occasion been confused for being brothers and not father/son…which doesn’t say much for how his only boy is aging does it?!

    Even when I was told on that Sunday evening Dad was going into emergency surgery to have his appendix removed did I actually sense that it could remotely serious. Except it wasn’t his appendix, it was something else that led into a very bad surgical experience. Two days later after masking my concern through a Board meeting, and then again with my Senior Admin team, and continuing to try and convince myself that he would be fine, I finally relented. To be fair, his condition had caught all of us off guard; nobody was expecting this. I really didn’t want to have to go back to see what was going on because I was convinced he was fine; and besides I had so many commitments that Friday and weekend. I mean I had a staff meeting at Bayside Secondary with the staff there later in the morning on November 1st that I was looking forward to. I had been invited and was really looking forward to meeting and speaking with all of our CUPE folks and connecting with them before that even. Later in the afternoon I had been invited to Prince Charles Public School in Trenton to share some work that I had done on FASD. And to round out the day and over the weekend, I was supposed to teach the Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program (SOQP) course at the Education Centre with candidates from around the region coming to Belleville. So it was really not a good time for Dad to get sick all of sudden and out of the blue.

    But here is the thing, by Wednesday afternoon it had become clear that Dad was not doing well, and that his initial surgery was rendering his condition very grave, as in very, very serious. I was actually visiting Prince Charles School in Belleville when I took a call and was told how serious it was. The principal clearly knew something was up from my facial expression I guess, and so when I explained only a fraction of what was going on, she turned and looked at me and said something that I have on literally thousands of occasions myself imparted to others: “Family First Sean, I know what I would be doing.” I called my Senior Team together and told them I needed to make it back to be with Dad who was deteriorating. Shockingly you know what they told me: “Go, you need to go and be with your Dad.” I called the Chair of the Board and explained with some level guilt, and she said the same thing “Family First, be with your Dad.” I called schools I was to visit and CUPE representatives…and all gave the identical response. The SOQP folks: Family was the priority, not them. It wasn’t hard hearing the message “Family First.” I’ve been saying that to others for years, and will continue to. But faced with actually accepting that and living that myself; well, that was a lesson that no course, or book on leadership, or procedure could ever teach me. Not a religious person, but admittedly more a spiritual person of the Indigenous perspective, I even asked for a higher power to intervene on that Saturday night and give us a few more years of fishing and hunting trips, and even a few more baseball and football games. Dad’s recovery will be a very long time and I believe he will recover; but in the meantime, he has given cause for his (at times) stubborn son to realize that we all have to reflect and consider what is really important and what is “just” important. Judging by the emails from so many of you about your own family experiences and those of your parents, many have learned this firsthand, and so with gratitude I want to say thank you.

    If there is a time that Family and loved ones makes us reflect and remember, it is usually around significant events or personal dates. Most commonly these are birthdays, anniversaries, holidays like Christmas or Thanksgiving, and one that has always had special meaning for many….Remembrance Day. It is always a day that has had prominent meaning for me, being the grandson of a Veteran of WWII, and still able to recall with clarity and vivid detail attending the cenotaph. I like many of you likely recall seeing Veterans and the “stories” on their faces, and impression of pride, honour, valour, and remembering. So it was with some level of enthusiasm that I accepted to go to Trenton High School for their Remembrance Day Ceremony at the school auditorium this past Monday. In fact, I think excitement to actually go to Trenton for Remembrance Day for this northern boy might be more appropriate as a description. The service, jointly presented and coordinated by staff and students was exceptional, and stirring. Pictures of Veterans both far and near, and with some of their loved ones and family members actually from the community or even the school in the auditorium, at times made the atmosphere virtually palpable. But without question, and unlike anything I have ever experienced came towards the end of the service when the student emcees shared that we would “now have the song Highway of Heros by the Trews played for the audience.”

    What happened after that, I will never forget in my life. The song is well-known, it’s symbolic meaning for this area and the community of Trenton and CFB Trenton, its families, our families, our students and our staff undeniable. And something that many people including myself have only ever seen on television, the actual honouring on the Highway of Heroes. But as the song started to play…the entire student body, I mean every single student, stood and sang the song together, right on cue. I suspect the students of Trenton High School are like many other teenagers attending high school around the Board, and across the province trying to navigate that increasingly complex teenage world. I also suspect that many of the kids that attend Trenton High School have challenges and face situations that most kids elsewhere do not; and I also will speculate that the staff of Trenton High School are very well-aware of many of these challenges their kids face…both in school and at home. But for those brief four minutes while that song played and those kids sang, all I could I think of was how proud they should be of themselves, how proud their teachers and staff were, how proud their principal must have felt. The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board was made proud by the kids of THS, and I’ll tell you what…on November 11, 2019 I had to have been the proudest Director of Education in Ontario because there was nowhere else I wanted to be than in that auditorium, that morning. I know that in every single one of schools and in communities extraordinary staff were doing equally extraordinary things with our kids, and I promise you we will celebrate them all!

    We might find ourselves at times getting caught up with the “busy-ness” of our work and also our personal lives, but these past few weeks have driven home in a very visceral way the importance of Family, remembrance, reflection, and stopping to realize life’s lessons if we only are willing to stop and smell the roses. I thank you out there who have been motivated to share with me your thoughts for the future and your hopes, and I encourage you to keep them coming,. We are now well into the beginning of a great journey and one where we will all learn and grow together.

    Miiweh, take care, and have a great weekend.

    Sean


     

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  • To Be Thankful October 11, 2019

    Good Morning, Everyone!

    As we head into a long weekend and one we generally consider as Thanksgiving, I want to offer my own “Thanks” to all of you.

    At this point, and as you read this to start your Friday, schools and classrooms have hopefully settled into a routine of learning and provocation. As we close the second week of October we hope our kids have adjusted to new learning environments, a new grade and one with enhanced expectations and outcomes.

    And as staff, my hope for you as you begin a well-deserved long weekend, is that you are feeling confident and reassured that your employer, our HPEDSB Family, is headed in the right direction. I also hope you are feeling enthusiasm emanating from our Trustees and your Senior Administration. For myself, and still as the “New Guy” for a bit longer (like maybe a couple more weeks:)), I know I certainly am.

    So what to be thankful for???

    Well, I suggest we should be thankful for good health; sometimes we don’t have a choice in that and have to accept the hand we are dealt. But if you are in good health, perhaps we need to be thankful for that. If someone close to you is not in good health….be thankful you are and that you are there for them. If you are struggling, personally, be thankful that you need not be alone; your colleagues and your system, you friends are here for you. WE, are here for you.

    I offer we should be thankful for Family, who see in us the good and the bad; and cause us to re-calibrate about what is important, and perhaps what is not so important. I would suggest that we are thankful for where we live. I can tell you bringing an experienced perspective from another beautiful part of the province, where we live here in Hastings County, Prince Edward County, and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory…we are blessed to live in one of the most stunning and gorgeous areas of the country hands-down. I think we should be thankful that in spite of sometimes feeling the day to day struggles and lives of working with and in service of young people, we also work in a first class organization. You work for an organization committed to getting better, and doing better by everyone who entrusts in us their most important asset, their children.

    For myself as I head into a long weekend, hopefully spent at camp by a fire and good book, or out on a few remote bush roads looking for birds and maybe even something bigger, I will be reflecting and giving my own thanks.

    I am thankful for being here.

    There have been many days (in fact almost virtually all of them!) where I have come to work, the office, where I feel like I have won the lottery and am the luckiest guy in the world. I am privileged to be the Director of Education for the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, and after having made it to just over half of our schools already, can tell you without reservation…I have first-class staff in schools and offices anywhere. I am thankful for my staff and the families here who believe in us and believe in a bright future, unrestricted in optimism. I am thankful that you have welcomed me and have energized me to agitate new ideas and opportunities. I don’t care how hard the work is ahead, or how intimidating the challenges we face, I am not going anywhere and we as an organization, are going to take them on.

    I could go on and on (and for those unfortunately around me this weekend, I will!), but from myself to all of you I want to say “Thank You.” Now having been here for 3 months, I feel we are into something very cool, very big, and very energizing. I encourage you to share laughs with family and friends this weekend, and some good food and maybe even a ginger ale; but I also encourage you to think about the work we have done and are now about to do. And I offer to you, that you all are going to be part of a new beginning and a journey of change. In this journey, I will need everyone to be strong and brave and unafraid of changes, but assured that there are steady hands at the wheel. My Senior Team are poised for the future, and motivated to work very hard for you and our students; and we will not stop until the job is done. If it is ever actually done.

    Yes, there is to be much to be thankful for.

    So maybe the best way to sign off, is to say simply that, which one can never say too much of…Thank You.

    Take care, and have a safe and terrific Thanksgiving Weekend.

    Sean


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  • Hi, Good Morning and Welcome Back! September 3, 2019

    Sean wavingThis first post was a message shared with all HPEDSB employees on the first day of school—and his first ‘first day’ at HPEDSB.

    Hi, Good Morning and Welcome Back!

    I have often found myself drawn to and inspired by famous leaders, agents of change and agitators of the status quo. Consequently, I find myself looking explicitly at their words, and more so trying to interpret the words “between the lines.” John F. Kennedy is one of my favorites, and I suppose for many reasons. He was human, and like most of us in the human condition, he had his faults and was not perfect. But he also saw a greater world ahead, and one that equalized the field between those that benefitted by having much, and those that went without. He did, although arguably stumbling out of the blocks initially, strive for a balancing of rights between cultures and ethnicities, specifically race. In other words, differences in culture, background, and colour were and always would be non-factors in advancing the opportunities for all citizens.

    His famous assertion during a speech at Rice University, early September in 1962 (the start of a new school year): “We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard” is my second favorite of all his sentiments. JFK of course in that moment was laying out a vision for his country that would put a human being on the moon and return them back safely to Earth. At the time, the notion was viewed with skepticism, under-ridden with a belief that such a goal was simply impossible. By the end of the decade his country achieved this act, a feat arguably not matched since and one that required a fundamental principle that people from all facets of life, business, beliefs, culture, and role and privilege had to work together to accomplish a common outcome. Please keep this in mind as you read through my introductory message to all of you as you start a new year.

    I want to acknowledge the work of all of you in advance: to the teachers about to make the lives of our students extraordinary, to the support staff, early childhood educators and education assistants who work tirelessly with children who have special needs, or are coming to school for the first time in Kindergarten, I say thank you. I want to acknowledge the custodians and maintenance staff who have worked over the summer so that we may enter sparkling buildings on the first day of a new school year; and I want to acknowledge the principals and vice-principals who lead our work in our communities, often going above and beyond to improve the trajectory of our kids and consequentially their families too. I wish to acknowledge our Trustees who have entrusted in their new Director of Education the responsibility to lead an agenda that embarks on change and builds on the belief that hope is both a dangerous and wonderful thing, because when you have it, anything is possible. I want to acknowledge the Senior Team, whose skills and assets quite simply outweigh their evolving experience (“green-ness”, I believe was how it was framed to me recently) that I can see already! And to the staff who work in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board Education Centre, thank you to all of you, for enabling the system to focus its energies on young people because barriers are removed at the central level.

    Lastly, I acknowledge my predecessor Mandy Savery-Whiteway who served the HPEDSB with integrity and a commitment to making the tough decisions and within such limitations, that any educator might have grown weary.

    So, as I send this initial commentary to all HPEDSB staff, I offer that there is much to be thankful for; however, here now remains even more work. I came to HPEDSB not because I knew the work would be easy and predictable, but because I knew it would be hard and prolonged. I am excited beyond words to work hard for all of you, our communities, our families, and most importantly our students. They deserve the best, they will get the best, and we will commit to them that our energies to improve their shot at hope and a future are unwavering and unrelenting. I ask you to consider as well, what kind of organization do you want to work for, and want us to be in the region, even in the province?

    As you start this first day of school, be you in your last year, mid-career or just starting out, roll up your sleeves because we are just getting started, and I promise you my team and I will be right beside you every step of the way!

    And . . . my favorite JFK expression of all time: “It is time for a new generation of leadership, for there is a new world to be won.” Compelling, yes. Inspiring, absolutely. Appropriately telling—just wait!

    I wish you the best, and assure all of you, that we believe in you and in your work every day.

    Take care, Che-Miigwech

    Sean

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Hi, Good Morning and Welcome Back!

Sean wavingThis first post was a message shared with all HPEDSB employees on the first day of school—and his first ‘first day’ at HPEDSB.

Hi, Good Morning and Welcome Back!

I have often found myself drawn to and inspired by famous leaders, agents of change and agitators of the status quo. Consequently, I find myself looking explicitly at their words, and more so trying to interpret the words “between the lines.” John F. Kennedy is one of my favorites, and I suppose for many reasons. He was human, and like most of us in the human condition, he had his faults and was not perfect. But he also saw a greater world ahead, and one that equalized the field between those that benefitted by having much, and those that went without. He did, although arguably stumbling out of the blocks initially, strive for a balancing of rights between cultures and ethnicities, specifically race. In other words, differences in culture, background, and colour were and always would be non-factors in advancing the opportunities for all citizens.

His famous assertion during a speech at Rice University, early September in 1962 (the start of a new school year): “We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard” is my second favorite of all his sentiments. JFK of course in that moment was laying out a vision for his country that would put a human being on the moon and return them back safely to Earth. At the time, the notion was viewed with skepticism, under-ridden with a belief that such a goal was simply impossible. By the end of the decade his country achieved this act, a feat arguably not matched since and one that required a fundamental principle that people from all facets of life, business, beliefs, culture, and role and privilege had to work together to accomplish a common outcome. Please keep this in mind as you read through my introductory message to all of you as you start a new year.

I want to acknowledge the work of all of you in advance: to the teachers about to make the lives of our students extraordinary, to the support staff, early childhood educators and education assistants who work tirelessly with children who have special needs, or are coming to school for the first time in Kindergarten, I say thank you. I want to acknowledge the custodians and maintenance staff who have worked over the summer so that we may enter sparkling buildings on the first day of a new school year; and I want to acknowledge the principals and vice-principals who lead our work in our communities, often going above and beyond to improve the trajectory of our kids and consequentially their families too. I wish to acknowledge our Trustees who have entrusted in their new Director of Education the responsibility to lead an agenda that embarks on change and builds on the belief that hope is both a dangerous and wonderful thing, because when you have it, anything is possible. I want to acknowledge the Senior Team, whose skills and assets quite simply outweigh their evolving experience (“green-ness”, I believe was how it was framed to me recently) that I can see already! And to the staff who work in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board Education Centre, thank you to all of you, for enabling the system to focus its energies on young people because barriers are removed at the central level.

Lastly, I acknowledge my predecessor Mandy Savery-Whiteway who served the HPEDSB with integrity and a commitment to making the tough decisions and within such limitations, that any educator might have grown weary.

So, as I send this initial commentary to all HPEDSB staff, I offer that there is much to be thankful for; however, here now remains even more work. I came to HPEDSB not because I knew the work would be easy and predictable, but because I knew it would be hard and prolonged. I am excited beyond words to work hard for all of you, our communities, our families, and most importantly our students. They deserve the best, they will get the best, and we will commit to them that our energies to improve their shot at hope and a future are unwavering and unrelenting. I ask you to consider as well, what kind of organization do you want to work for, and want us to be in the region, even in the province?

As you start this first day of school, be you in your last year, mid-career or just starting out, roll up your sleeves because we are just getting started, and I promise you my team and I will be right beside you every step of the way!

And . . . my favorite JFK expression of all time: “It is time for a new generation of leadership, for there is a new world to be won.” Compelling, yes. Inspiring, absolutely. Appropriately telling—just wait!

I wish you the best, and assure all of you, that we believe in you and in your work every day.

Take care, Che-Miigwech

Sean

Welcome to Kindergarten, letter from Sean Monteith, Director of Education

September 3, 2019—Starting school is an exciting time for children and their families. Letter to Kindergarten families

Sean Monteith, Director of Education, has a welcome message for all families of Kindergarten students.

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Dear Moms, Dads and Caregivers:

On behalf of the staff, administration and trustees of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, welcome to Kindergarten! Thank you for choosing HPEDSB for your family.

Starting Kindergarten is an exciting time in your child’s life. Some families may already have children in the public education system and for others, this fall will be the first time their children go to school. Whatever your situation, we know that families may feel mixed emotions about this milestone.

As a father of two boys who have attended Kindergarten in the public education system, I can say that I have experienced the nervousness that parents/guardians may feel, along with the hopes and aspirations that parents/guardians have for their children. As the Director of Education, I can assure you with confidence of our commitment to students and their families. At HPEDSB, we are here for kids, we make decisions in their interests and we will never waver from that stance.

Your child is in excellent hands in an HPEDSB Kindergarten classroom. Our staff are dedicated professionals who always put students first—that is our promise to you. Whether you live in Belleville/area, Centre Hastings, Deseronto, North Hastings, Prince Edward County or Quinte West, our staff will ensure your child has access to the very best education possible.

As we begin another school year, there is a feeling in the air of excitement, enthusiasm and renewed energy. Thoughts of the year ahead are about the promise and hope that public education will serve your child well.

We look forward to celebrating your child’s many achievements with you as they learn and grow, and we will be there to support your family in overcoming challenges they may face. Your involvement in your child’s education is crucial to their success.

From all of us at HPEDSB, welcome to Kindergarten! Enjoy this moment—it happens only once in a child’s life.

Sincerely,

Sean Monteith
Director of Education

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

September 3, 2019—Students come first at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board—that’s the message to all from Sean Monteith, the new Director of Education.Welcome message from Sean Monteith

Greetings, She:Kon, Bonjour, Welcome Back!

As the proud and excited new Director of Education for the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, I wish to acknowledge our families, communities, Elders, staff and most importantly, our students. It is the time of the year when we open our schools, our classrooms and our hearts to young people across this beautiful district.

“Welcome,” if this is your first day of school, or “Welcome Back,” if you are returning for a new school year. Regardless of whether you are sending your little one to their first day of Kindergarten, or are a student entering your final year of high school with graduation now less than a year away, there is certain to be some feeling of trepidation.

Moms and dads, you too, will have a feeling of excitement mixed with emotions seeing your child or children begin a new school year and being a year older. As a father myself, I relate to how you might be feeling, hoping that this year’s experiences will be full of learning, achieving and memory-making. As a dad, I hope for the best for my sons in a world full of potential and self-awareness. As the Director of Education, however, I hope the very same for your children—our students in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

To all HPEDSB employees, I wish you also a sincere welcome back! I am grateful to all of you, regardless of your role at HPEDSB, and express my admiration to each and every one of you, who in your own unique way contribute to the lives of young people. Our common goal together for the 2019-2020 school year is to make the lives of our students—the region’s youth—extraordinary! I call on you to find the very best in our students, reminding them that this world has a place in it for each and every one of them. Our job will be to facilitate helping our kids find their place and to enable them to become their best. We are all better together.

Every decision we make as HPEDSB employees must be through the lens of what is best for students, regardless of how difficult or challenging a situation may be. We must always remind ourselves that our work is in pursuit of making the lives of young people better.

I am excited and hopeful for what lies ahead, and I look forward to meeting you all very soon. Best wishes for 2019-2020!

Che-Miigwech, thank you.

Sincerely,

Sean Monteith
Director of Education

Register for school

August 2019—Welcome returning and new students! Thank you for choosing to register with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB). We look forward to seeing you again—or for the first time—in HPEDSB schools.

 

Information Night: homestay families for international students, Thurs., September 12, 2019

August 21, 2019—Are you interested in learning about other cultures? Consider hosting an international student. It is a way to experience diversity and share Canadian traditions.

Each year the HPEDSB International Student Program (ISP) welcomes many students from grade 8 – 12 students to study in our schools. Participating countries have included students from Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Norway, Turkey, Spain, Thailand, Vietnam, Italy and South Korea.  This is a wonderful opportunity for families to:

  • Learn about other cultures.
  • Share your love of Canada and its culture.
  • Have the opportunity to develop a lasting relationship with families from around the world.

Interested families are invited to learn more at an information night:

INFORMATION NIGHT 
DATE: Thursday, September 12, 2019
TIME: 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville

If you plan on attending please RSVP to Emily Mosher at 613-966-1170 extension 62422.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications & Privacy Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Congratulations to Governor General’s Academic Medal recipients for 2018-2019

July 24, 2019—Congratulations to seven secondary school students who are recipients of the Governor General’s Academic Medal.

Since 1873, the Governor General’s Academic Medal has recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. It has become one of the most prestigious awards that a student in a Canadian educational institution can receive. The medal is awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, college or university.

Michael Burton, BSS
Michael Burton
Bayside Secondary School

Moira Wilson CHSS
Moira Wilson
Centre Hastings Secondary School

Sophie McPherson CSS
Sophie McPherson
Centennial Secondary School

Meera Moorthy ESS
Meera Moorthy
Eastside Secondary School

Melissa Elliott NHHS
Melissa Elliott
North Hastings High School
Amanda Johnson PECI
Amanda Johnson
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute

 Addison Walker THS
Addison Walker
Trenton High School

Pierre Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, Kim Campbell, Robert Bourassa, Robert Stanfield and Gabrielle Roy are past recipients.

Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General by participating educational institutions, along with personalized certificates signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the  award.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Invitation to apply to become an external member of the Audit Committee

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Individuals interested in serving on the Audit Committee are invited to submit a letter of interest and resume by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 26, 2019.

July 24, 2019—Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is seeking one community member with financial expertise and business knowledge to serve on the Audit Committee for a 3-year term, effective November 6, 2019.

The Audit Committee is comprised of three trustees and two independent members from the community at large. The primary role of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its duties related to governance and oversight.

Audit Committee duties

  • The financial reporting process, internal control framework
  • Risk management practices
  • Performance and function of the board’s internal and external auditors
  • The board’s compliance with its obligations under legislation

The committee meets at least three times a year, plus ad hoc meetings, as required. Induction training
material is available to all committee members online in order to clarify roles and responsibilities of
audit committees for the school board sector.

Candidate eligibility

  • Applicants must have sufficient accounting, senior financial management or other relevant business
    experience to understand public sector accounting and auditing standards
  • Applicants must not be a current employee or officer of HPEDSB or of any other school board or
    school authority
  • Applicants must not have a parent, child or spouse currently employed by HPEDSB

Interested candidates can submit a letter of interest and resume to:

Nick Pfeiffer, Superintendent of Business Services
156 Ann Street
Belleville, ON K8N 3L3
or by email to Carmel Lessard, Administrative Assistant, Business Services, [email protected]

The deadline to submit is Monday, August 26, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications & Privacy Manager, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Sean Monteith announced as new director of education

Sean Monteith
Congratulations to Sean Monteith, the new Director of Education for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, effective August 15, 2019.

July 15, 2019—Sean Monteith, an innovative and respected leader in public education will be the new director of education for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, effective August 15, 2019.

Monteith takes over from Mandy Savery-Whiteway who announced her retirement in January. The Board of Trustees announced Monteith’s appointment at a special Board meeting today.

“Sean is an experienced, collaborative leader and educator. He has a strong understanding of issues that are important to everyone at HPEDSB, including student achievement and well-being, equity and inclusivity, Indigenous education and organizational effectiveness. His commitment to open communication, collaborative teamwork, trust and respect align with the Board’s vision to empower all students for the possibilities of today and tomorrow. As a Board, we are looking forward to welcoming Sean as our new director of education,” said Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board.

As the current director of education for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, with head offices in Kenora and Dryden, Monteith is known for his focus on improving student achievement and Indigenous education. He established the Indigenous Graduation Coach Program leading to historic achievements for First Nations youth, and partnerships with numerous tribal councils, First Nations, the Ministry of Education, and treaty areas including the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

“I am thrilled to be coming to the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, bringing my own unique professional and learned experiences to an established dynamic organization. The students, staff, and trustees can be assured they will be the beneficiaries of my dedication and energy to putting young people first, and a relentless commitment to improving outcomes for all students,” said Monteith.

Monteith has a proven track record in his commitment to students, and is known for removing systemic barriers in order to enable all students to have access to equity of opportunity and outcomes.

Prior to becoming director of education for KPDSB in 2013, Monteith was a superintendent of education with responsibilities for Special Education, secondary schools, Student Success, Indigenous Education and Human Resources. His experience as an elementary and secondary school principal, and before that as an elementary and secondary teacher, make him well prepared to lead K-12 public education at HPEDSB.

Monteith’s career highlights include supporting the following student-centred efforts:

  • Increased graduation rates among Indigenous and rural/northern students, including the biggest gains among First Nations students provincially, leading to the establishment of provincially funded Indigenous Graduation Coach Program;
  • Oversaw continuous improvements in student achievement measurements and outcomes, including EQAO Grade 3 and Grade 6 assessments;
  • Developed a regional Northern Student Achievement Strategy with explicit focus on wrap-around services to support student attendance, engagement, achievement, and graduation, later to be funded and supported by the Ministry of Education;
  • Successfully applied for and participated in a nationally recognized regional research project on students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), resulting in provincial recognition of FASD as a priority for supporting educators and school boards;
  • Negotiated successful partnerships and formalized official education services (tuition) agreements, new teacher induction mentorship agreements, and provincial/federal education service agreements with Indigenous tribal councils and First Nations, including the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Grand Council Treaty #9, Seven Generations Educational Institute, Keewaytinook Okimakanak Board of Education, Northern Nishnaawbe Education Council, and Grand Council Treaty # 3;
  • Implemented an Efficacy Working Group comprised of representatives from all staffing groups, adopting a “servant-leadership” model to inform and recommend developmental planning to senior and executive administration; and
  • Led the successful application and advocacy processes for the largest education capital construction project in Northern Ontario with the building and construction of $31 million Sioux North High School, replacing an existing secondary school.

Monteith holds bachelor’s degrees from the University of Ottawa (BA (Hons), 1993) and Lakehead University (BEd, 1994, MEd 2008),  and is currently pursuing his PhD through the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto. He is an avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoys spending time at his cabin, on the water and close to the land fishing and hunting with his family and friends.

Monteith will be relocating to the area in the coming weeks, and looks forward to enjoying the blended rural and urban nature of the area.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Board Meeting Update #168: July 15, 2019

July 15, 2019—This update provides a summary of the special public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, July 17, 2019 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in September 2019.

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Sean Monteith
Congratulations to Sean Monteith, who will be the new director of education for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board effective August 15, 2019.

Appointment of the Director of Education

Board members approved Sean Monteith as Director of Education for a five-year term, effective August 15, 2019. Monteith replaces current director Mandy Savery-Whiteway who announced her retirement on January 31, 2019.

Monteith is an innovative and respected leader in public education. As the current Director of Education for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, with head offices in Kenora and Dryden, Monteith is known for his focus on improving student achievement and Indigenous education. He established the Indigenous Graduation Coach Program leading to historic achievements for First Nations youth, and partnerships with numerous tribal councils, First Nations, the Ministry of Education, and treaty areas including the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

Read more in the news release.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

School board advises of the passing of Michael Rush, Trustee for Belleville/Thurlow

Michael Rush
Trustee Michael Rush was elected for Belleville/Thurlow in the October 2018 municipal election. He passed away in July 2019.

July 3, 2019—It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing of Michael Rush, Trustee for Belleville/Thurlow in the early hours of July 2, 2019. Rush was a new Board member, having been elected in the October 2018 municipal election.

“Michael was a warm and compassionate member of our team. His dedication to following policy and Board processes was appreciated, and his humour and enthusiasm will be sadly missed,” said Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board.

Rush was sworn in at the Initial Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board on December 3, 2018. At that time he was elected to serve as chair of the Operations and Finance Committee, be a member of the Program and Human Resources Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee. He also served on various other committees, including Food for Learning, Instructional Technology Advisory, and Specialist High Skills Majors. Rush had expressed an interest in being involved at the provincial level with the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.

Rush is survived by his parents who were long-time employees with HPEDSB and a sister.

The Board of Trustees will determine the process to fill the vacancy in the coming weeks, as per school board policy.

All in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board community send deepest sympathy to Michael’s family and friends as they come to terms with their loss.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Winning video by teacher Jay Noack garners $5,000 for Trenton High

June 28, 2019—Congratulations to Jay Noack, a teacher at Trenton High School who was the recipient of $5,000 from the McDougall Family Fund Contest.

Noack has already secured several thousand dollars for the school through his ‘creativitis’ approach to teaching and learning. He has entered various contests by submitting videos illustrating his work with students and his ideas still to come.

cheque presentation photo
Jay Noack, a teacher at Trenton High School is pictured with Caley Weese from McDougall Insurance. Noack was a recipient of $5,000, on behalf of the school, by submitting the winning video in the Family Fund Contest.

2019 Summer hours at schools and the Education Centre

July 2, 2019—Schools and the Education Centre operate on summer hours for July and August, as noted below.

 Summer hours at schools and the Education Centre
 Elementary schools: Closed from July 3 to August 23, 2019
Secondary schools: Closed on the dates noted below.

NOTE: Transcripts are produced by the secondary school a student attended. Transcripts cannot be produced when the school is closed nor at any other location. Transcript requests that come in during the summer will be responded to during the last week of August and into September 2019.

School name Dates the school will be closed
Bayside Secondary School
  • Closed Monday, July 22 to Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Closed on Fridays
  • Normal hours resume the week of August 26, 2019
Centennial Secondary School
  • Closed Monday, July 8 to Friday, August 23, 2019
  • Normal hours resume the week of August 26, 2019
Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Closed Monday, July 8 to Friday, August 23, 2019
  • Normal hours resume the week of August 26, 2019
Eastside Secondary School
  • Closed Monday, July 22 to Friday, August 16, 2019 inclusive
  • Closed on Fridays
  • Normal hours resume the week of August 26, 2019
North Hastings High School
  • Closed Tuesday, July 16 to Friday, August 16, 2019 inclusive
  • Normal hours resume the week of August 26, 2019
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute
  • Closed Monday, July 22 to Friday, August 16, 2019, inclusive
  • Closed on Fridays
  • Normal hours resume the week of August 26, 2019
Quinte Adult Education
  • Open Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Open Tuesday 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. in addition to the above
  • Closed Monday, August 5 to Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Closed on Fridays
  • Normal hours resume the week of August 26, 2019
Trenton High School
  • Closed Tuesday, July 2 to August 26, 2019 inclusive
  • Closed Fridays
  • Normal hours resume the week of August 26, 2019
Education Centre

  • Open Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Closed to the public on Fridays, beginning Friday, July 12 through to Friday, August 23, inclusive
  • Closed to the public during a 2-week shut-down period beginning Monday, July 29 through to Friday, August 9, inclusive. We will re-open to the public on Monday, August 12, 2019.
  • General inquiries: 613.966.1170 or  1.800.267.4350, extension “0” to leave a message

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2017-2018 Board Committee Meetings

Dates and times for committee meetings (Pdf)

All meetings are held at the Education Centre, 156 Ann Street, Belleville unless noted on below.

Board meetings

Unless otherwise noted, all public Board meetings take place on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m., and are open to the public.

Minutes (Pdf)​

August 27, 2018 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf) Update #157
June 18, 2018  Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf) Update #156
May 28, 2018  Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf) Update #155
April 23, 2018  Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf) Update #154
March 26, 2018  Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf) Update #153
February 26, 2018  Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf) Update #152
January 29, 2018 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf) Update #151
January 22, 2018 Rescheduled to January 29, 2018 due to freezing rain forecast
January 8, 2018 Special Meeting Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf) Update #150
December 4, 2017 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf) Update #149
November 20, 2017 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf) Update #148
October 23, 2017 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf) Update #147
September 25, 2017 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)  Update #146
September 11, 2017 Special Meeting Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf) Update #145

Executive Committee meetings

June 4, 2018 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
May 7, 2018 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
April 9, 2018  Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
March 5, 2018  Agenda (Pdf)  Minutes (Pdf)
February 5, 2018  Agenda (Pdf)  Minutes (Pdf)
January 8, 2018  Agenda (Pdf)  Minutes (Pdf)
November 6, 2017  Agenda (Pdf)  Minutes (Pdf)
October 2, 2017 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
September 5, 2017 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)

Operations and Finance Committee meetings

Unless otherwise noted, all Operations and Finance Committee meetings take place on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m., and are open to the public.

June 18, 2018 Special Meeting Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
June 11, 2018 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
May 14, 2018  Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
April 9, 2018  Agenda (Pdf)  Minutes (Pdf)
March 19, 2018  Agenda (Pdf)  Minutes (Pdf)
February 12, 2018  Agenda (Pdf)  Minutes (Pdf)
January 8, 2018 Agenda (Pdf)  Minutes (Pdf)
January 8, 2018 Special Meeting Agenda (Pdf)  Minutes (Pdf)
November 13, 2017 Agenda (Pdf)  Minutes (Pdf)
October 10, 2017 Agenda (Pdf)  Minutes (Pdf)
September 11, 2017 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
September 11, 2017 Special Meeting Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)

Program and Human Resources Meetings

Unless otherwise noted, all Program and Human Resources Committee meetings take place on the second Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m., and are open to the public.

June 2018 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
May 2018 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
April 9, 2018 Agenda (Pdf). Minutes (Pdf)
March 19, 2018 Agenda (Pdf). Minutes (Pdf)
February 12, 2018 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
January 8, 2018 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
November 13, 2017 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
October 10, 2017 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
September 11, 2017 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) meetings

Learn more about the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

June 14, 2018 – Location change:  Quinte Children’s Treatment Centre – 265 Dundas Street East, Belleville  Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
May 7, 2018 –  Location change: Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, 151 Dairy Ave., Napanee  Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
April 26, 2018  Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
March 22, 2018  Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
February, 22, 2018 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
January 25, 2018 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
December 14, 2017 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
November 23, 2017 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
October 26, 2017 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)
September 28, 2017 Agenda (Pdf) Minutes (Pdf)

Links and resources

Contact information

Toll-free: 1-800-267-4350

Phone: 613-966-1170 extension 62201

Fax: 613-962-1048

Email: [email protected]

Last updated: December 16, 2019 at 8:59 am