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Board Meeting Update #128

Board Meeting Update #128, March 29, 2016

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in April 2016.

Character moment: Building Innovative Practices in Numeracy by the Centre Hastings School Group and recognition by EQAO (Education Quality and Accountability Office)

Superintendent Cathy Portt introduced this topic and the special guests from the Centre Hastings School Group and the Education Centre (see below).

During the past four years, three schools have been involved in a Ministry of Education-funded initiative called Building Innovative Practices in Numeracy, Grades 7 – 10. Through job-embedded learning and professional development, the focus has been on improving student understanding and learning in math through examining and refining best teaching practices. HPEDSB is one of seven school boards involved. The project has had an extremely positive effect on numeracy results at Madoc Public School, Tweed Elementary School and Centre Hastings Secondary School.

Tactics that have been used include videotaping classroom learning as evidence of student engagement and teaching students to communicate their thinking of math equations then sharing with each other.

Outcomes noted by educators include the following:Thank you to the following employees who attended tonight's meeting

Thank you to the following employees who attended tonight’s meeting:

Also, Margaret Fler, Principal, School Support & Outreach Team, Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), presented a provincial Recognition of Achievement to Centre Hastings Secondary School in recognition of improved EQAO results during the four years of the above-noted initiative.

Report from the Committee of the Whole Board
This report included the following:

Recommendations

Section 23 Programs
Each year the care, treatment and correctional facilities memoranda of understanding, in accordance with Section 23 of Ontario Regulation 287/98, are reviewed by Ministry of Education and school board personnel. These formal agreements outline the roles, responsibilities, and relationship of the school board and the facility.

Board members approved programs to continue during the 2016-2017 school year at the following facilities:

Information

Calendar of events
A number of district and school events (PDF) are scheduled for the remainder of March and April 2016. Some upcoming events include the following:

Report from the chair
Highlights from this report included the following:

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

Report from the Student Enrolment/School Capacity 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 the Operations and Finance Committee
Highlights from this report included the following:

Reports from trustees and student trustees
Highlights from this report included the following:

Notice of Motion: Board Policy Review, Part B
To give notice of motion that a recommendation will be brought forward to the April 25, 2016 Board meeting to approve changes to Policy 11G: Special Education Advisory Committee.

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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