Highlights from the Board Room – March 22

Board Meeting   |  Tuesday, March  22, 2022


Director’s Recognition Award

Nicole Britton

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 recipient of the Director’s Recognition Award.

Senior Manager of Financial Services, Nicole Britton, goes above and beyond to support the TLDSB system and has kept the finance department moving forward over the last few years where many system changes have been made. From training the department on new accounting software, meeting auditors’ requirements, training staff, and meeting year-end deadlines, Britton is a leader who does it all with a smile. She is friendly, kind, and always willing to help, regardless of how busy she is.

Presentation: secondary learning

Superintendent of Learning, Kim Williams, gave an update on the secondary school learning in quadmesters one and two, as well as academic success data. Williams began by first highlighting the people who support secondary Curriculum Services, along with reviewing the changes that have taken place this school year, and those that are being made in the Ontario curriculum. 

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) was delivered differently this year and the success rate of participating students was 74.6 percent. The OSSLT will be written again in the spring. Williams shared that there is work happening to improve graduation rates and one area this is happening is through students engaging in pathways programs such as cooperative education, Specialist High School Majors, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, and the Dual Credit program, which had 163 participants in the first two quadmesters. 

Williams noted that the new destreamed curriculum for science is up and coming, and that the subjects of English, French, and geography will be delivered at the academic level only for Grade 9 in the 2022-2023 school year.

Director’s update

With the news of the removal of many COVID-19 mandates from the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education, Director of Education, Wes Hahn, noted that TLDSB is aligned with the decisions from the ministry. The Board and schools have all made it known that wearing a mask among students, staff, and visitors is a personal choice and supports every individual’s decision. Hahn noted that hand hygiene, enhanced cleaning, the continued use of the HEPA filters, absence reporting to the ministry, and rapid antigen tests all continue to be important COVID-19 measures in our schools and buildings. Vaccinations continue to be encouraged by public health and vaccination clinics are being held in our schools through our two local public health units.

Literacy is a current focus in our system. There is an upcoming right to read panel, where educators from across the Board have been invited to join the senior administration team to dig into how they are going to approach the literacy needs of our students.

Qualitative and quantitative data is critically important to TLDSB to help guide our system. The information gathered from our staff and student census, as well as our upcoming school climate survey will inform how we approach the learning taking place across TLDSB. The school climate survey happening later this school year will provide data on how students and staff are feeling about their school environment. 

There is a focus on leadership development and succession planning in our system, which begins with how we implement our strategic plan system-wide. This development is taking place in a five-part series for senior leaders and administrators to ensure everyone is on the same page about what effective instructional and operational leadership looks like. Hahn noted the Principal/Vice Principal promotion process that is upcoming in April and how important it is to continue to develop our leaders.

Administrative reports

Trustee distribution and determination

Director Hahn reviewed the distribution number of trustee members that will sit on the Board and the geographic distribution of those members that will be reported to municipal clerks and the Ministry of Education for the 2022 municipal election.  There will be nine trustee candidate positions for the 2022 municipal election.

Amendment to the Board Meeting schedule for 2022

With the change to the commencement of elected trustees’ term of office from December 1 to November 15, 2022, and in alignment with the Education Act requirement that the Board meet no more than seven days after the day on which the term of office commences, TLDSB has made amendments to the Board meeting schedule. Please see below for the updated schedule.

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.

MeetingDateTimeLocation (pending)*
Committee of the WholeApril 12, 20226:30 p.m.Lindsay Education Centre (LEC)
Regular Board MeetingApril 26, 20226:30 p.m.Muskoka Education Centre (MEC)
Committee of the WholeMay 10, 20226:30 p.m.Minden- Archie Stouffer Elementary School
Regular Board MeetingMay 24, 20226:30 p.m.LEC
Regular Board MeetingJune 14, 20226:30 p.m.MEC
Regular Board MeetingAugust 23, 20226:30 p.m.MEC
Committee of the WholeSeptember 13, 20226:30 p.m.MEC
Regular Board MeetingSeptember 27, 20226:30 p.m.LEC
Committee of the WholeOctober 11, 20226:30 p.m.Minden- Archie Stouffer Elementary School
Regular Board MeetingOctober 25, 20226:30 p.m.MEC
Committee of the WholeNovember 8, 20226:30 p.m.Minden- Archie Stouffer Elementary School
Inaugural Meeting of the BoardNovember 22, 20226:00 p.m.LEC
Regular Board MeetingDecember 6, 20226:30 p.m.MEC

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