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Board Meeting Update #186, December 14, 2020

December 14, 2020—This update provides a summary of the online Annual Meeting of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held December 14, 2020, livestreamed [1] (the recorded version will be available within 24 hours). It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in January 2021.

A roll-call of trustees was conducted to open the meeting; all 10 were present.

Mike Brant, Trustee, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, recited the land acknowledgement: Let us bring our minds and hearts together as one to honour and celebrate these traditional lands as a gathering place of the Huron-Wendat, Anishinabek and Haudenosaunee people. It is with deep humility, that we acknowledge and offer our gratitude for their contributions to our community, having respect for all as we come together and walk side by side into the future to support our student of today.

This Annual Meeting was chaired by Sean Monteith until the chair of the Board was elected.

Appointment of scrutineers

Superintendents Ken Dostaler and Tina Elliott were appointed as scrutineers for the elections.


Review of the election process and Board committees

Sean Monteith, Director of Education reviewed the process for elections as described in Policy 2: Governance By-laws and Standing Rules, and also reviewed the committees as described in Policy 11: Committees of the Board.

Chair and Vice-chair

Lucille Kyle, Trustee for North Hastings, was re-elected as Chair of the Board. Jennifer Cobb, Trustee for North Prince Edward, was elected as Vice-chair of the Board.

Lucille Kyle Jennifer Cobb
Congratulations to Lucille Kyle (left), elected as Chair of the Board and Jennifer Cobb, elected as Vice-chair of the Board effective December 14, 2020 to November 30, 2021.


Statutory committees
Trustees selected membership on statutory committees. For 2021, statutory committees will consist of the following members:

Administrative committees
Trustees selected membership on administrative committees. For 2021, administrative committees will consist of the following members:

External committees


2020-2021 Revised estimates

Board members approved the revised estimates for the 2020-2021 school year.

School board budgets, referred to as estimates, are required to be submitted to the Ministry of Education by June 30 of each year. In late fall, school boards are required to update key data included in the estimates and submit the revised information to the Ministry of Education. Revised estimates must be submitted on December 15 and incorporate updated information regarding enrolment changes, funding changes, expense/program changes, prior year actual results, and other known changes since the budget was developed.

This is not a normal school year. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused school boards to change their practices to include remote learning, use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for students and staff, use of cohorting and a new octomester system, increased cleaning, and restrictions on school access and extra-curricular activities.

Find out more starting on page 9 of the December 14, 2020 agenda (Pdf) [2].


For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, extension 62354, [email protected]