Highlights from the Board Room – April 25


Director’s Recognition Award

The Director’s Recognition Award highlights extraordinary contributions by staff members, students, school volunteers, or community members, and is presented by the director of education, Wes Hahn, at each Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) Regular Meeting of the Board. Hahn introduced this month’s recipients of the Director’s Recognition Award.

Jack Callaghan Public School (JCPS) educational assistant, Alex Moores, is an exceptional support for students and can be found in any number of classrooms offering support and helping students build independence. When a need arises and a staff member requires support, Moores is often the first one to offer her assistance. She brings a team approach to everything she does, working closely with the classroom teacher; she is punctual, reliable, and dependable. Moores is a major contributor in making JCPS a special place to learn.

TLDSB staffing officer, Kerrie Bartlett, is the ultimate team player. For over 20 years, Bartlett has held a number of roles in the Human Resources Services (HRS) Department making her one of the unique team members who can provide support to those in multiple positions. Over the last three years, HRS has undergone significant change in terms of staffing, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the transition to a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, and Bartlett has been through it all with a smile. She is a team member that people trust, is reliable and someone who helps others offering insightful feedback, digs into challenges to look for solutions, and is an asset to TLDSB. We are so thankful to have Bartlett as part of the HRS team.

Elementary EQAO overview

Superintendent of learning, Jay MacJanet, provided trustees with an overview of the 2021-2022 TLDSB Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) results and the goals for this year’s EQAO assessments. MacJanet reviewed the action plans that have been underway this school year to assist with meeting these goals and the supports that are in place across the system.

Director’s report

Director of education, Wes Hahn, gave an update on the current initiatives that align with the goals of the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan while highlighting literacy and numeracy in elementary, and de-streaming mathematics in secondary. He then invited the four region superintendents of learning to give an update on the work of the 2022-2023 focus schools.

Superintendent of learning, Paul Goldring, noted tremendous consistency across all schools in his region and touched on specific areas of literacy and mathematics programs at Huntsville Public School, Riverside Public School, and Archie Stouffer Elementary School.

Superintendent of learning, Jennifer Johnston, shared that Queen Victoria Public School, Jack Callaghan Public School, and Parkview Public School have been using data to set learning goals and shared data points that are being monitored to track growth.

MacJanet noted how there has been great alignment with the school improvement and equity plans at Muskoka Beechgrove Public School, Muskoka Falls Public School, and Macaulay Public School.

Lastly, superintendent of learning, Kim Williams, noted how Haliburton Highlands Secondary School created a question to focus their goals. At Gravenhurst High School, goals for the current school year in literacy and mathematics were set after they analyzed the results of the 2022 EQAO and Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test data.

Hahn noted that each school has their own approach, as outlined by the superintendents, and that it is at the school level where implementation is happening.

Administrative reports

Grants for Student Needs (GSN) update

Superintendent of Business Services, Tim Ellis, gave a high-level address of the Ministry of Education’s recent memos announcing Grants for Student Needs (GSN) and Priority and Partnerships Funds (PPF).

2022-2023 Board and Committee of the Whole meeting schedule

Board meetings are open to the public to attend at the host location in-person. For virtual access, the meetings are live-streamed and the link is made available on the tldsb.ca website on the day of the meeting.

Committee of the WholeMay 9, 20236:30 p.m.Muskoka Education Centre (MEC)
Regular Board MeetingMay 23, 20236:30 p.m.Lindsay Education Centre (LEC)
Regular Board MeetingJune 13, 20236:30 p.m.Muskoka Education Centre (MEC)
Regular Board MeetingAugust 29, 20236:30 p.m.Lindsay Education Centre (LEC)
Committee of the WholeSeptember 12, 20236:30 p.m.Archie Stouffer Elementary School Library
Regular Board MeetingSeptember 26, 20236:30 p.m.Muskoka Education Centre (MEC)
Committee of the WholeOctober 10, 20236:30 p.m.Lindsay Education Centre (LEC)
Regular Board MeetingOctober 24, 20236:30 p.m.Muskoka Education Centre (MEC)
Committee of the WholeNovember 14, 20236:30 p.m.Archie Stouffer Elementary School Library
Regular Board MeetingNovember 28, 20236:30 p.m.Lindsay Education Centre (LEC)
Organizational Meeting of the BoardDecember 5, 20236 p.m.Muskoka Education Centre (MEC)

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