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Students from five OCSB high schools were fortunate to participate in an Inclusive Rugby Initiative on October 19, 2017, led by LeeAnn Napiorkowski, Inclusion Teacher at St. Peter High School. LeeAnn coordinated the support of Rugby Canada, who donated the use of an inflatable field, and Carleton University, who donated the use of their field to hold the special event. Over 80 students with various needs got to experience the joy of playing rugby in a safe and inclusive environment, guided by over 25 volunteer athletes.

Inclusive Rugby is a global initiative, holding events in Australia, Italy, England, Ireland, and Wales. Lee Ann presented highlights from the experience to the Board along with Deborah Kealey, Principal of St. Peter High School, and two coaches from Immaculata High School, Wanda Malone and Annemaree Peters. View the presentation.

Reducing the OCSB’s carbon footprint

Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities

The OCSB’s Energy Management Plan continues to thrive as behavioral and operational practices, along with facility renewal and new technology, is incorporated into our schools. As a result, we have consumed an average of 18 million less kWh of electricity and 1.5 million cubic meters less natural gas over the past five years. This equates to 31% less electricity and 26% less natural gas.

Since 2005, we have achieved an avoided cost from utility savings in electricity and natural gas of $31,548,388, despite and increase of 208% in the cost of electricity, and having added 426,102 square feet of new school spaces. The success of our energy management plan is equivalent to eliminating the carbon footprint of 12,428 automobiles. We continue to benefit from revenue related to our solar installations at St. Mother Teresa, St. Patrick’s High, St. Gabriel and St. Dominic Schools to the tune of $180,200 per annum.

Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities, presented to the Board a report on the Board’s success in energy conservation. The annual report covered energy management targets for the next school year and plans to sustain our reputable energy savings.

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Decrease in OCSB electricity costs over past 5 years

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Decrease in OCSB natural gas costs over past 5 years

Supporting student safety patrols

Thomas D’Amico, Associate Director of Education

Under the leadership of Principal Michael Schreider, the OCSB has embarked on a pilot School Safety Patrol Program in partnership with the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). The project began with three schools in 2016-2017 and this year has expanded to include 21 schools. The participating student patrollers are typically between the ages of 11 and 14, tasked with teaching overall road to their peers. The program presents an early leadership opportunity while fostering volunteerism and citizenship. It also enhances the rapport between students and school or community authority figures. Mr. Shreider was joined by teacher Sue Dunlap and students Della Larose and Luke Sipes to present the success of the program to the Board. View the presentation.

Advancing the Highly Skilled Workforce agenda

Debbie Frendo, Superintendent of Student Success, Intermediate/Secondary

In 2015, Premier Wynne appointed the Highly Skilled Workforce Panel to develop a strategy to help the province’s current and future workforce adapt to the demands of a technology-driven economy. The panel made eight recommendations to address these demands.

  1. Foundational Theme: Partnership and Local Leadership
  2. Foundation Theme: Labour Market Information
  3. Experiential Learning and Mentorship
  4. Promotion of Multiple Career Pathways
  5. Strategic Investment in Human Capital
  6. Skills and competencies
  7. Role of the Federal Government
  8. Measuring Success

Deb Lawlor, Coordinator of Student Success Intermediate/Secondary Student Success, and Liana Pagotto, Co-op/OYAP/Technological Education Consultant, presented the implementation plan to the Board. View the presentation.

Unpacking and exploring BIPSAW goals

Mary Donaghy, Superintendent of Student Success, Elementary

The OCSB’s Board Innovation Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being (BIPSAW) was developed by interdepartmental teams led by Superintendents of Schools and organized around specific goals. The needs assessment guiding the plan was informed from a variety of sources, including School Innovation Plans, District Processes, EQAO results, anecdotal evidence, school self assessments and student achievement data. Based on this data, evidence-based strategies has been put in place, and monitoring the plan is ongoing. Mary Donaghy, Superintendent of Student Success, Elementary presented the key components of Goal 3: Learning and Teaching, Focus on Numeracy. View the presentation.

News from the Boardroom Summary (November 28, 2017)

This blog post covers the following topics:

  • Reducing the OCSB’s carbon footprint
  • Fun and friendship for Inclusive Rugby participants
  • Supporting student safety patrols
  • Advancing the Highly Skilled Workforce agenda
  • Unpacking and exploring BIPSAW goals
  • Completion of Holy Family renovations
  • School renewal budgets and recommended work
  • OSTA update
  • Financial annual reports and statements
  • Legal fees
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Briefs from the Boardroom

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Completion of Holy Family renovations

Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities, presented a report on the completion of renovations to Holy Family School. The project, which took two summers to complete, arose from the consolidation of Uplands Catholic School students being redirected to Holy Family, following notice from the Department of National Defence of the lease termination at Uplands.

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School renewal budgets and recommended work

Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities, presented the recommended capital renewal expenditures in 2017-2018.

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OSTA update

The Board received an update on the progress of the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) towards its goals and objectives.

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Financial annual reports and statements

David Leach, Superintendent of Finance and Administration, presented the Audit Committee’s Annual Reports along with the OCSB’s Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended August 31, 2017. View ocsb.ca/finance.

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Legal fees

The Board received a report regarding legal fees incurred by the Board for the period of September 1 to October 31, 2017.

Kelly McKibbin

Kelly McKibbin is the Board Website Coordinator with the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Communications Department, and manages all aspects of the Board’s district website. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Ottawa, is the recipient of a 2016 United Way Ottawa Community Builder Award, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Waupoos Foundation.


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