Highlights from the Board Room – June 14

Delegations

CUPE Local 997 

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 997 president, William Campbell, acting as the spokesperson gave a presentation to trustees on behalf of CUPE.

Presentations

Trillium Lakelands Arts Camp 

Superintendent of Learning, Kim Williams, shared the recent outdoor education opportunity that took place in May at Camp White Pine in Haliburton. Trillium Lakelands Arts Camp (TLAC) welcomed 278 students in Grades 7 to 12 who all have an interest in the arts. Williams noted that this opportunity has financial assistance to support student attendance was available, with 14 percent of attendees accessing such support. TLAC is a fantastic opportunity for our students to receive specialized instruction while at an outdoor education facility. 

Long-term Accommodation Plan 

Superintendent of Business, Tim Ellis, presented the trustees with the updated Long-term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) – a planning document that helps guide capital investment, programming, and facility decisions that support the vision for the Board, as set out in the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan. The LTAP will be updated annually and presented to the Trustees. It will also be available on the tldsb.ca website for the public to access. 

Technology Services Report

The Technology Services Department five-year plan was outlined by Superintendent of Learning, Paul Goldring. This plan supports the goals of the TLDSB Strategic Plan and has been created to ensure there is equity of technology in schools across our system, as well as to promote the effective use of technology to support student learning. 

Director’s report

Director of Education, Wes Hahn, shared an overview of the past school year. He noted that it was particularly challenging with the changes in COVID-19 restrictions and recognized how well TLDSB staff handled these challenges and thrived in their profession over the course of the school year. Hahn noted that the TLDSB Strategic Plan continues to be a guide for the organization and a tool to hold us accountable. Hahn then turned the remainder of the report over to the following three superintendents who gave updates in their respective areas.

Superintendent of Learning, Jennifer Johnston, shared information about a new support to schools that will commence in the 2022-2023 school year called the School Support Team, which consists of five itinerant teachers for inclusive education and four itinerant educational assistants, which are new positions for TLDSB. The goal of this team is to support and model instructional practices to improve student achievement and well-being.

Superintendent of Learning, Jay MacJanet, who leads the Curriculum Services Department for Kindergarten to Grade 8 noted the passion we all have for supporting each students’ success. MacJanet shared that we will be able to better support our educators and their educational programming capacity with two additional teaching and learning coaches for our system for 2022-2023. These coaches will work side-by-side with our educators to support them in a variety of ways and uniquely at each school.

Kim Williams, Superintendent of Learning responsible for Curriculum Services Grades 9-12, noted the job-embedded professional learning that has been taking place and will continue into the 2022-2023 school year. Williams acknowledged the continuous support that is needed to reduce achievement gaps that exist within our students and shared and overview of how this is being addressed.

Administrative reports

2022-2023 Budget 

Superintendent of Business Services, Tim Ellis, presented trustees with the Draft 2022-2023 Budget. The annual budgeting process begins with the projection of student enrolment, which is completed in the fall of each year. 

Highlights of the changes in this budget include:

  • Increase in central curriculum staff to support classroom instruction and reduce the learning gaps for students, which may have occurred during the pandemic.
  • Alignment of staffing complements where funding was curtailed or eliminated. Primarily the changes reflective of the elimination of the Employee Works Protection Funding (EWPF), which expires this August.
  • Increase in the number of itinerant staff to support effective programming through job-embedded training in schools, specifically schools with higher Special Education needs.
  • Increased focus on supporting Indigenous communities with additional staffing.

2022 Board and Committee of the Whole meeting schedule

Board meetings are open to the public to attend 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.

Meeting Date Time Location
       
Regular Board Meeting August 23, 2022 6:30 p.m. MEC
Committee of the Whole September 13, 2022 6:30 p.m. MEC
Regular Board Meeting September 27, 2022 6:30 p.m. LEC
Committee of the Whole October 11, 2022 6:30 p.m. Minden- Archie Stouffer Elementary School
Regular Board Meeting October 25, 2022 6:30 p.m. MEC
Committee of the Whole November 8, 2022 6:30 p.m. Minden- Archie Stouffer Elementary School
Inaugural Meeting of the Board November 22, 2022 6:00 p.m. LEC
Regular Board Meeting December 6, 2022 6:30 p.m. MEC

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