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Board Meeting Update #122

Board Meeting Update #122, September 28, 2015

This update provides a summary of the special public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, September 28, 2015 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in October 2015.

Character moment video: Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board we have shared beliefs that all students can be successful, student well-being is a foundation of our work and that schools play an important role in student well-being. Mark Fisher, Superintendent of Education and Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, screened a video illustrating student learning and well-being during this first month of school.

Report from Committee of the Whole

This report included the following:


External Audit Plan and appointment of external auditors for 2015-2016

Board members approved the External Audit Plan prepared by BDO LLP. To date, BDO has completed the August 31, 2013 and August 31, 2014 year end audits, and the March 31, 2014 and March 31, 2015 Ministry reporting requirements. Board members also approved BDO as the external auditor for 2015-2016 and that remuneration be fixed at $34,600.

2015-2016 Policy review

According to Procedure 110: Board Policy Development and Review, policies are reviewed every three years to ensure they are still relevant and have been implemented effectively. Changes to legislation and new guidelines also necessitate updates to current
policies. Board members authorized the director of education to review five policies and take recommendations to the Executive Committee for discussion.

Multi-year Annual Accessibility Plan

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. It is a rolling 5-year plan, updated annually. The plan is accessible through a link on the HPEDSB website. Board members approved the Multi-Year Annual Accessibility Plan for the period September 2015 to August 2020.

2015-2020 Strategic Plan

A new multi-year strategic plan has been developed for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. The 2015-2020 Strategic Plan will be our guiding document for the next five years. This plan has been in development for the past several months. Input has been received from several sources, including employees, students, Board members, parents/guardians and community members. The plan includes a new vision, mission, strategic priorities and goals. Board members approved the new strategic plan.


Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (pdf) are scheduled for October 2015.

Some upcoming events include the following:

Report from the Chair

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:

Reports from Staff

Highlights from this report included the following:

Report from the Audit Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

Report from Trustees

Comments were made about provincial efforts to modernize the Day Nurseries Act, which was last updated in the 1980s.

Upcoming 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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