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Board Meeting Update: June 20, 2022

June 20, 2022—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held June 20, 2022, 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 regular meeting in September.

Land Acknowledgement

Bonnie Danes, Trustee, Central Hastings, 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.

Presentations

International Student Program

Emily Mosher, Manager, International Student Program, presented a year in review, featuring statistics, as well as showcasing students, activities they participated in and homestay families. During this school year, the program hosted students from 14 countries, including Austria, Bermuda, Brazil, China, Germany, Korea, Mexico, Spain, Netherlands, Thailand, Vietnam and more. Recruiting for the upcoming school year is underway and already 55 students from 13 countries have been accepted for September 2022.

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Congratulations to Rihanna Harris, Queen Elizabeth School, recipient of the Achievement Award through the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association. Also pictured are Katherine MacIver, Director of Education (L) and Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board (R).

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Thank you to student trustees for representing the student voice at the Board table. L to R: Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board; Lawson Hung, Trenton High School (returning for the 2022-2023 school year); Moira Gaddes, Eastside Secondary School (graduating); Kiydan Zachariah, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (graduating); and Spencer Hutchison, Vice-chair of the Board.

Presentation of the OPSBA Achievement Award

Congratulations to Rihanna Harris, Queen Elizabeth School, recipient of the Achievement Award through the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association. In February 2021, Rhianna presented at the Board meeting about Black history being taught at HPEDSB schools. It was acknowledged that Rhianna demonstrated leadership in other roles, including fundraising for Sick Kids in Toronto, writing articles and being a part of community events.

Presentation to outgoing student trustees

Outgoing student trustees, Moira Gaddes, Eastside Secondary School and Kiydan Zachariah, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, were acknowledge for their service. Both were in the student leadership roles for the past two school years. It was noted that being a student trustee is a significant time commitment. Moira and Kiydan were thanked for their leadership and commitment to ensuring the student voice was heard at the Board table. Chair Binder welcomed back Lawson Hung, Trenton High School, who will serve a second term, and be joined by Julia Webster, Eastside Secondary School and Shoshannah Spencer, Centennial Secondary School, for the 2022-2023 school year. Their term begins August 1, 2022.

Recommendations

Borrowing resolution

Board members approved various borrowing resolutions in order to meet 2022-2023 operating and capital expenditures, as follows:

2022-2023 Budget

Board members did not approve the 2022-2023 budget in the amount of $221.6 million. The Budget/Finance Committee will meet again at a date to be determined. Find out more starting on page 11 of the June 20, 2022 agenda [2].

Information

Report from the Director of Education

Highlights from this report included the following:

Committee meeting dates for the 2022-2023 school year

The various Board and committee meeting dates for the next school year were shared. Find out more starting on page 36 of the June 20, 2022 agenda [2].

Capital and building renewal projects update

Kim Horrigan, Senior Manager, Facility Services, presented capital and building renewal projects underway. The team reviews building condition assessment reports on a regular basis and works with schools each year to develop a list of high priority building renewal projects. The bulk of the construction/renovation work occurs during the summer months. This report outlined various capital funding sources and scheduled work at various schools. Find out more starting on page 39 of the June 20, 2022 agenda [2].

Report from the student trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

Report from the Audit Committee meeting, June 1, 2022

Highlights from this report included the following:

Report from the Parent Involvement Committee meeting, May 30, 2022

Highlights from this report included the following:

Report from the Budget/Finance Committee, June 6 and 13, 2022

Highlights from this report included the following:

Report from the Special Education Advisory Committee, April 28 and May 17, 2022

Highlights from this report included the following:

Report from the HPE Learning Foundation/HPEDSB Ad Hoc Committee Final Report

At the January 24, 2022 Board meeting, a motion was approved to establish an ad hoc committee to review Board Policy 18: The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation  collaboratively with members of The HPE Learning Foundation. Several meetings have occurred since that time. Through discussions, the Ad Hoc Committee agreed to write a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining the future work of the two organizations. It was agreed that upon signing a new MOU, the March 2020 MOU would be  revoked.

As part of the path to establishing a revised MOU, further discussions of the Ad Hoc Committee included a review of the following:

Find out more starting on page 62 of the June 20, 2022 agenda [2].

Director’s Performance Appraisal Ad Hoc Committee, May 30, 2022

Highlights from this report included the following:

OPSBA Information Exchange (Ontario Public School Boards Association)

Highlights from this report included the following:

Report from trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

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