Welcoming the 2018-2018 Student Trustees to the Boardroom table
Family gathered to witness the new student trustees sworn in at the first OCSB Board meeting of the 2018-2019 school year. Caleb Reid from All Saints High School and Nate Waddell from St. Mark High School were elected by their peers for a one-year term to represent the student voice of over 43,000 OCSB students at the Boardroom table. The Board looks forward to their perspective and insight on how the Board can best meet the needs of students.
A growing community and a successful #OCSBFirstDay
Denise Andre, Director of Education
Denise Andre, Director of Education, reported on a smooth start up for the first week of the 2018-2019 school year. Each and every OCSB school received special attention over the summer to ensure the facilities were clean and welcoming. Our community grew by 1,300 students and 200 new hires, including 112 teachers. We welcomed 407 newcomer students into our schools through the Board’s Family Welcome Centre for Newcomers, 409 new students registered at our Summer Registration Centre, and 118 transfer students have joined us from other school boards. The OCSB’s 4,400 employees are excited about a new school year and all the possibilities it holds for our Catholic education community.
School additions and upgrades from Planning & Facilities
Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities
Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities, and Ken Kary, Manager of Planning and Construction outlined the hundreds of major and minor projects taken on this past summer by skilled workers, contractors, and a student workforce. OCSB schools were outfitted with new roofs, windows, lighting, flooring, and elevators, as examples of some of the minor projects.
Some of the highlights of the larger initiatives include:
- completion of a new addition to St. Patrick’s High School
- completion of new elementary school, St. Isabel School in Kanata North
- start-up of addition at Holy Redeemer School for 2019 completion
- design stage underway for St. Joseph High School addition for 2020 completion
The comprehensive list can be viewed on page 43 of the September 11, 2018 Board Agenda. View the presentation.
Preparing schools for the legalization of cannabis
Debbie Frendo, Superintendent of Student Success, Intermediate/Secondary
Cannabis is expected to become legal across Canada on October 17th, 2018. This legalization will result in the need for additional resources and education for our staff, students and parents. Jennifer Oake, Principal of Safe Schools, and Debbie Frendo, Superintendent, outlined the legalization timelines, changes to the Education Act because of legalization, steps taken so far in providing professional learning to staff, and plans for continued support of our school communities in this area this fall. View the presentation.
Highlights from a busy summer with Continuing and Community Education
Ben Vallati, Superintendent of Continuing and Community Education
Along with Philip Capobianco (Principal) and Marianne Kayed (Manager), Superintendent Ben Vallati presented information on the programs offered by the Continuing and Community Education Department during the summer of 2018. Over 10,000 students and adult learners were served by the department. The various programs offered employment to some, educated thousands of others, and gave children enriched summer programming, exemplifying the OCSB’s Strategic Commitments to “Be Community, Be Well, Be Innovative.” View the presentation.
News from the Boardroom Summary
This September 11, 2018 blog post covers the following topics:
- Welcoming the 2018-2018 Student Trustees to the Boardroom table
- A growing community and a successful #OCSBFirstDay
- School additions and upgrades from Planning & Facilities
- Preparing schools for the legalization of cannabis
- Highlights from a busy summer with Continuing and Community Education
- Request for hydro easement at St. Monica School
- 2019-24 EDC by-law and statement on implementation of EDC policies
- Projects approved under delegated authority
- Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) Update
- Schedule of financial reports
- Revised procedural by-laws
Briefs from the Boardroom
Request for hydro easement at St. Monica School
The requested easement will allow Hydro Ottawa to replace a hydro pole on Merivale Road. The easement is between the school’s parking lot and Merivale Road, and has no impact or consequence to the operations of the school.
2019-24 EDC by-law and statement on implementation of EDC policies
The Board was updated on the schedule and activities required to implement the Board’s 2019-2024 Education Development Charge (EDC) by-law, including the requirement for two public meetings.
Projects approved under delegated authority
The window replacement program at the Catholic Education Centre was awarded in the amount of $284,700 to the lowest bidder, McDonald Brothers, General Contractors. The boiler replacement project at Immaculate Heart of Mary (a non-operating OCSB school licensed to a third party) was awarded to the lowest bidder, ClimateWorks, in the amount of $225,195.
Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) update
The Board received a report on OSTA’s progress towards its goals and objectives.
Schedule of financial reports
The Board received a proposed schedule for the 2018-2019 school year.
Revised procedural by-laws
At the Trustee’s Support Services Committee meetings held on January 9, April 10, and April 24 of 2018, several by-laws were reviewed. At the September 11, 2018 Board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the submitted revisions.
Mardi de Kemp is the OCSB’s Manager of Communications.