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Board Meeting Update #109

Board Meeting Update #109, June 16, 2014

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, June 16, 2014 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in September 2014.

Presentation

Celebrating student achievement in Science and Technology
Superintendent Cathy Portt made introductory remarks about students participating in the Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair, and the Skills Canada Competition. Both events took place earlier in the spring.

Curriculum Coordinators Erna Sorensen and Randy Votary introduced students who participated in each competition, along with QRSTF leaders Scott Berry and Jo-Anne Peckham. Teachers Troy Bartlett and Hilary-Anne Clarke were also in attendance for this celebration.

Students who won awards at the Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair

Students who won awards at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition

Student Trustees
Pictured right: Dave Patterson, Vice-chair of the Board; Meghan Peckham, Student Trustee, Trenton High School; Abigail Bonter, Student Trustee, Centre Hastings Secondary School; Dwayne Inch, Chair of the Board.

Recognition of 2013-2014 student trustees
Vice-chair Dave Patterson made complimentary remarks about the two outgoing student trustees, Abigail Bonter, Centre Hastings Secondary School; and Meghan Peckham, Trenton High School. He commented about their exceptional work ethic and that the Board has been the recipient of the student voice. During their term, Both Abigail and Meghan identified issues that were important to students, and suggested ways to help address student achievement and well-being. Our best wishes to Abigail and Meghan as they progress to the next phase of their education and life journeys.

Report from Committee of the Whole
This report stated the following:

Recommendations

2014-2015 Budget
Board members approved the capital and operating budgets for the 2014-2015 school year in the amounts of $9,812,577 and $189,283,234, respectively. These budgets support the organization’s priorities in the system plan, which is known as the AiM—Achievement Motion for Student Success System Plan. They also maintain fiscal integrity in operations, with progress being made in aligning operational costs with available funding and supports.

The 2014-2015 school year marks the full implementation of Full-day Kindergarten (FDK) as the standard core education program for 4- and 5-year-old students. All students enrolled in Kindergarten will now be recognized as full-time students (rather than half-time, as was the previous method). HPEDSB will program for 1,820 FDK students in the fall. The total number of students enrolled in elementary schools is expected to remain relatively flat.

At secondary, a further decline of approximately 280 students is expected. This is a result of the lower number of enrolments at elementary schools in past years now moving into secondary schools.

Borrowing resolution
From time to time it is necessary to borrow funds to meet current expenditures until the current revenues have been received. An operating line of credit is established which states that the loan must not exceed a given limit at any time. The limit is the estimated maximum borrowing the board may require at any one time. Board members approved a recommendation authorizing the borrowing of up to $14,000,000 outstanding at any one time.

Special Education Plan
Board members approved amendments to the Special Education Plan, 2013-2014. Revisions are related to the following programs and services:

Date and location of the November Board Meeting
The November Board Meeting will be held at at Quinte Mohawk School, Shannonville, on Monday, November 17, 2014. It is a practice of the Board to host one meeting per year at a school within the district. This practice supports our AiM System Plan goal of Community Connections.

The choice of Quinte Mohawk School is significant. At the April Board Meeting, a recommendation to endorse the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association “Charter of Commitment on First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education,” was approved. The intent of the Charter is to articulate the support for equality in how native education is being carried out throughout the province. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte have shared a valued partnership for many years.

Information

Calendar of events
A number of district and school events are scheduled for the remainder of June 2014.

Upcoming events include the following:

Report from the Chair
Highlights from this report include the following:

Report from the Executive Committee
Highlights from this report include the following:

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

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

Report from Staff
Highlights from this report include 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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