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Board Meeting Update #172, November 25, 2019

November 25, 2019—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, November 25, 2019 at Eastside Secondary School. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in January 2020.

Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board, acknowledged the First Peoples of the territory. This evening we acknowledge that the land on which we are gathered is part of the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge the land to show respect and recognize the First Peoples of the territory; their history, culture and perspectives and as a step towards reconciliation.

Character Moment of Reflection

Each Board meeting opens with a Character Moment of Reflection. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Growing with Character [1] is our intentional focus on creating safe, caring, respectful and inclusive learning environments where students develop the foundation for good character. Growing with Character is the foundation of the school board strategic plan. Through Growing with Character, we model, teach and expect demonstrations of our eight character traits which are: caring, cooperation, honesty, humour, integrity, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

This evening Lucille Kyle, Trustee, North Hastings, asked all to reflect on Honesty. She shared a personal story about honesty in her personal life.

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Thank you to presenters from Eastside Secondary School: Eric Fetterley, Vice-principal; Shara Jones, Teacher; Jessica Stuart, Teacher; Ken Manderville, Principal; Morgan Bernhardt, Grade 9 Student; and Joe Brown, Teacher.

Celebrating students: Eastside Secondary School

A student and staff from Eastside Secondary School presented three topics: a welcome message in the Mohawk language, a video about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and a presentation about assistive technology.

The teaching of a language has to come from the heart; you can know the words, know the grammar and mechanics, although we speak from our soul, from our lived experiences and understandings. Teacher Joe Brown brings the Mohawk language to life and to heart for students both at Eastside and also at the HOPE program. Student Morgan Bernhardt recited a greeting in Mohawk.

The IB program engages students to reach further, dig deeper and contribute to both their immediate and distance communities. The presenters showed a video about this program [2].

The work in assisting students in their learning is vast and teachers support students in a variety of ways every day. The learning is also dynamic and never ending. This presentation showcased how assistive technology is used with students at Eastside SS.

Superintendent of Education Laina Andrews thanked guests Morgan Bernhardt, Grade 9 Student and Joe Brown,  Teacher; Kate Cockburn, Teacher and IB Lead; and Shara Jones and Jessica Stuart, Teachers.


2018-2019 Consolidated Financial Statements

Board members approved the Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ending August 31, 2019.

During the year the board expended $13,746,542 on capital asset acquisition/construction. These expenditures are funded through a variety of sources including capital priorities, school condition improvement, and school renewal grants.

The audited financial statements result in an in-year surplus of $6,840,755 and a corresponding in-year surplus for Ministry compliance reporting purposes of $5,147,658. This brings the total accumulated surplus available for compliance to $9,578,037. The original budget plan for 2018-19 was forecast to have a surplus for compliance purposes of $1,546,019, as required by the board’s mandated Multi-Year Financial Recovery Plan. The board has exceeded its targets under the Multi-Year Financial Recovery Plan for the 2018-2019 year.

Revisions to Policy 11: Committees of the Board 

This topic was tabled (deferred) to a next meeting to allow more consideration and fulsome discussion.


Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (Pdf) [3] are scheduled for December 2019. Upcoming events include the following among many more:

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 Audit Committee

Highlights from this report included the following:

Questions, reports and proposals from trustees and student trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:


Letter from Waterloo Region District School Board regarding TeachON

Upcoming meetings

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

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