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Board Meeting Update: August 2, 2022

August 2, 2022—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held August 2, 2022, livestreamed (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 regular meeting in September.

Land Acknowledgement

Jennifer Cobb, Trustee, North Prince Edward County, recited the Land Acknowledgement: As Trustees for Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and as settlers to this land, we acknowledge and honour the land on which we reside, occupy and meet as part of the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat and Anishinabek people. These Indigenous Nations agreed to mutual sharing obligations and responsibilities as stewards of the land and water. Today these responsibilities and obligations extend to all Peoples. These lands are steeped in rich Indigenous history, traditions and modern cultures that are proud and vibrant. The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board supports and is committed to the stewardship of the land and the responsibilities that we hold to ensure learning, education programs and services support all staff and students.

Recommendations

Appointment of a superintendent of education

Board members approved the appointment of Kristen Niemi as a superintendent of education, effective August 22, 2022.

Ms. Niemi comes to HPEDSB as an experienced superintendent, having been in a similar role at District School Board Ontario North East (DSBONE) for the past four years. While there, she led the K-12 Learning and Teaching portfolio, which included Student Success, Innovation and Alternative Education. Prior to that, she held administrator roles in several elementary and secondary schools over eight years, and taught as a secondary teacher for 11 years, at DSBONE and Near North District School Board.

Ms. Niemi will be responsible for the support and supervision of the Eastside and North Hastings school groups, and the portfolios of Equity, Innovation, Indigenous Education and Safe Schools. She and her family will be relocating to the area in the coming weeks.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications and Privacy Manager, 613-966-1170, extension 62354, or 613-847-0696, or [email protected]