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Board Meeting Update #100

Board Meeting Update #100, October 28, 2013

This update provides a summary of the meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, October 28, 2013 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in November 2013.

Report from Committee of the Whole
Highlights from this report included the following:

Presentation: Whole-school approach to restorative practices at Earl Prentice Public School
Superintendent of Education Cathy Portt introduced Shelley Steele, Safe Schools Supervisor, and staff from Earl Prentice Public School. Each talked about the restorative practices approach being used at EPPS. The journey began one year ago when all school staff—teaching and support staff alike—were trained in the restorative practices approach to resolving conflict. A video to illustrate students’ and staff feelings and thoughts about restorative practices was shown.

Thank you to the Earl Prentice Public School presenters: Heather McMaster, Principal; Jason Carman, Teacher; Katie Hunt, Teacher; Jeannette Robertson, Educational Assistant; Heidi Smith, Teacher and Janice Storms, Educational Assistant.

Recommendations

Multi-year Accessibility Plan for 2013 to 2018
Board members approved the Multi-year Accessibility Plan for 2013 to 2018. 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 and is accessible by link on the HPEDSB website. Link to the Accessibility web page

Capital priority business cases
Board members approved the submission of three capital priority business cases to the Ministry of Education. The following is a summary; full details are available in the report.

Priority 1: Funding to construct a new Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 replacement school on the Queen Elizabeth Public School site in Trenton. The planned opening is for the 2015-2016 school year. The request is for $13.3 million in funding for a consolidated replacement school to accommodate 558 students.

Priority 2: Funding to construct a new Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 replacement school on the Marmora Senior Public School site. The planned opening is for the 2015-2016 school year. The request is for $8.1 million in funding to demolish the existing Marmora Senior Public School and to construct a new school to accommodate 313 students.

Priority 3: Funding to construct a new Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 replacement school on the Bayside Public School site in Quinte West. The planned opening is for the 2016-2017 school year. The request is for $8.8 million in funding for a replacement school to accommodate 380 students. This request includes funding to demolish the two existing buildings on the site, which are Bayside Public School and the Annex.

Information

Calendar of events
A number of district and school events are scheduled for the remainder of October and November 2013.

Upcoming events include the following:

Report from the Chair of the Board
Highlights from this report included the following:

Report from the Operations and Finance Committee
Highlights from this report included the following:

Report from the Program and Human Resources Committee
Highlights from this report included the following:

Report from Student Trustees
Highlights from this report included the following:

Reports from Trustees
Highlights from this report included the following:

Upcoming public meetings

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

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

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