Board Meeting Update #130

Board Meeting Update #130, May 24,2016

This update provides a summary of the public meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in June 2016.


15th Annual Great Place Awards
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer to introduced the 15th Annual Great Place Awards. They are the highest recognition within Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Great Place Awards recognize outstanding contributions to support student achievement and well-being, and emphasize the commitment to the Growing with Character attributes of caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness. The committee reviewed 21 nominations and selected nine award recipients (11 people due to two team nominations).

15th Annual Great Place Awards
Pictured (L to R, back row): Rifaat Shekh-Yusef, Chris Lee, Peter Tarle and Tammy Kenzie. (L to R, front row): Betty Beck, Valerie Loney, Patti Marlin, Julie Beatty, Dianne Winmill, Brian Long. Absent: Dan Walsh.

Congratulations to Great Place Awards recipients:

  • Julie Beatty, Parent/Volunteer, Tweed Elementary School
  • Betty Beck, Volunteer, Prince Charles Public School (Trenton)
  • Tammy Kenzie, Teacher, Moira Secondary School
  • Chris Lee, Teacher, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Valerie Loney, Teacher, Maynooth Public School
  • Brian Long, Teacher, Madoc Public School
  • Patti Marlin, Educational Assistant and Dan Walsh, Teacher, Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Rifaat Shekh-Yusef and Peter Tarle, Software Design Architects, Avaya
  • Dianne Winmill, Teacher, North Hastings High School

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

  • Director’s Performance Appraisal
  • Probationary teachers
  • Agreement of Purchase & Sale for Deseronto Public School vacant land
  • Ratification of the collective agreement for the Association of Professional Student Services Personnel (APSSP)


Name of the new Trenton elementary school
Mark Fisher, Superintendent of Education, introduced Bill Launderville, Principal of Breadner Elementary School, Lee Prophet-Mahon, Vice-principal, Breadner Elementary School; and Joanne Nitschke, Principal, College Street Public School. Mr. Launderville described the process that has been followed to invite public input then select a name, mascot and colours for the new Trenton elementary school.

Board members approved the name Trent River Public School. They also approved the name Samuel Clements Centre for the centre core of new school, which will contain the learning commons (library area), stage and gymnasium. Mr. Clements was school board trustee in Trenton for 37 who will be acknowledged to recognize his contribution to education and the community throughout his lifetime.

In 2014, HPEDSB received Ministry of Education funding to build a new Kindergarten to Grade 8 school in Trenton to consolidate students from Breadner Elementary School, College Street Public School and (the former) Queen Elizabeth Public School. The new school is being built on the site of the former Queen Elizabeth Public School which was closed and demolished during the summer of 2015. Students from that school were accommodated primarily at Breadner Elementary School.

The new school is scheduled to open in January 2017. Its design is similar to other schools that have been built in HPEDSB in the past few years. It will be a rectangle-shaped 1 ½ storey building of 55,500 square feet for approximately 560 students.

Appointment of student trustees for the 2016-2017 school year
Board members appointed Saud Bin Haseeb, Moira Secondary School; and Delanie Ann Austin, Quinte Secondary School, as student trustees for the 2016-2017 school year. Lauren Barry, Centre Hastings Secondary School, was appointed as the alternate student trustee. All are effective August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017.

2015-2016 Special Education Plan
Following a review by Special Education Services, the 2015-2016 Special Education Plan was presented to Board members for approval. Updates to programs and services were noted in the Summary of Amendments. Board members approved the updated plan.

Textbook/novel approval
The Ministry of Education Curriculum Centre Learning Resources website lists textbooks/novels approved for use in schools by the Minister of Education under the Education Act. HPEDSB Procedure 210: Textbook/Learning Material Selection, Purchase and Approval, sets out expectations for principals and teachers to follow when such materials are not found on the list provided by the Ministry, subject to the approval of the Board. Board members approved 23 French books for use in secondary schools.

Date and location of the Board meeting in November 2016
Past practise has been to hold one Board meeting at an off-site location in the fall of each year. Board members approved a recommendation to hold its meeting at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton, on Monday, November 21, 2016.


Calendar of events
A number of district and school events (PDF) are scheduled for the remainder of May and June 2016.

Some upcoming school events include the following:

  • May 25 to June 8: Grade 3 and 6 EQAO Reading, Writing and Mathematics assessments
  • May 27: Relay for Life, Moira Secondary School
  • May 27 & 28: Musical The Chain, Trenton High School
  • June 6: Spring Arts Spectacular, Centennial Secondary School
  • June 7: Grade 4 – 8 trip to the Parliament Buildings and Museum of History, V.P. Carswell Elementary School
  • June 13: Junior Kindergarten Open House, Frankford Public School
  • June 14 & 15: Grade 9 EQAO Math assessments, all secondary schools
  • June 20: Trip to Lang Pioneer Village, Hillcrest School
  • June 28 & 29: Graduation ceremonies for secondary schools

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

  • Annual strategic plan review; an update report will follow in June
  • Draft Long-term Capital and Accommodation Plan

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

  • OSSTF survey on well-being
  • Presentation by School Climate & Student Well-Being Services about equity and well-being activities during this school year

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

  • Presentation about the name, mascot and colours of the new Trenton elementary school (mentioned above)
  • Contract for cafeteria services at secondary school

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

  • Attending the filming of the lip dub at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute featuring the entire school
  • Attendance at a successful Food for Learning Student Benefit Auction which surpassed its $15,000 goal
  • Participating in the Think Indigenous Day at North Hastings High School
  • An update from a recent meeting of the Ontario Public School Board’s Association which included a reminder that provincial health care pays for eye exams for children up to age 18

Upcoming meetings

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

  • Thursday, May 26 (tentative): Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 6: Executive Committee, 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 9: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 13: Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee, 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, June 13: Program and Human Resources Committee, 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, June 13: Operations and Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 15: Audit Committee, 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, June 20: Public Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

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

Last updated: August 14, 2017 at 3:54 pm
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