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Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights May 24, 2016

The Boardroom Spotlight provides a summary of what took place at each Board meeting. This issue covers the following topics:

  • STUDENT PROFILE: St. Mark Students Receive CHEO "Healthy Kids" Award
  • Official Naming of St. Benedict Catholic School
  • Top Performing Energy Management School Board in Ontario
  • Additional Principal and Vice-Principal Appointments​
  • High school International Excursions​
  • Preliminary Budget Information for 2016-2017​
  • Boardroom Briefs​

STUDENT PROFILE:
St. Mark Students Receive CHEO "Healthy Kids" Award

Photo courtesy of CHEO

Two St. Mark High School students, Emma Sharkey and Morgan Joseph, have been honoured with a CHEO "Healthy Kids" Award. This award is presented annually in recognition of exceptional work done in the community to help promote the healthy development of children and youth. The students held monthly initiatives for their peers at St. Mark, such as stress-buster activities before exams, self-care promotion lessons, and cafeteria booths to showcase mental health issues for male students.

Emma and Morgan were presented with the award on March 23, by CHEO President and CEO Alex Munter, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau (spouse of Prime Minister Trudeau), and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. (see photo left) They were the youngest award recipients of the evening. Joined by Andre Potvin, St. Mark Principal, and Cindy Owens, Superintendent of Human Resources, the students shared their journey with the Board, and were commended for their efforts in opening the peer-to-peer discussion about mental health for today's youth. 

From left to right: Andre Potvin, Principal of St. Mark High School; Spencer Warren, Board Trustee; Emma Sharkey, student; Morgan Joseph, student; Elaine McMahon, Chairperson; and Cindy Owens, Superintendent of Human Resources.

Official Naming of St. Benedict Catholic School

St. Benedict is known as the patron saint of students.

Earlier this year, a committee was established to review nominations for the name of the OCSB's newest elementary school in Half Moon Bay, opening this September 2016. After narrowing down the list of possible names to five, the committee called upon Grade 6 students at the neighbouring St. Cecilia School to research and develop descriptions for the saints referenced in the five names. Voting for the new name took place electronically and closed May 20th. The Board of Trustees approved the new name of St. Benedict Catholic School. Visit ocsb.ca/newschools/benedict for more information.


Top Performing Energy Management School Board in Ontario

The Sustainable Schools 2016 Top Energy Performing School Board report has ranked the OCSB as being number one in Ontario. This means that the Board has the lowest potential energy savings in the province, a rate of 11.9%. The report was published by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), which works with governments, businesses, and individuals to build a greener, cleaner, and healthier natural environment. The report analyzed 4,868 district schools in Ontario, concluding that the average potential energy savings in electricity and natural gas among all schools was 29.3%. This number is more than double than that of OCSB schools.

Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities, informed the Board of the factors contributing to this remarkable accomplishment, which has contributed to over $23 million dollars of avoided costs since the inception of the Board's Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan. For more information, view pages 48-49 of the Board Agenda.


Additional Principal and Vice-Principal Appointments

In light of an additional retirement, a leave of absence, and system needs, the Board approved further appointments and transfers of Principals and Vice-Principals, effective September 6, 2016.

The Board announced the appointment of the following elementary school principals:

The Board announced the appointment of the following elementary vice-principals:

The Board announced the transfer of the following intermediate/secondary vice-principals:


High school International Excursions

The Board high schools submitted requests for excursions for international trips in the 2016-2017 school year. The approved trips are as follows:

  • Immaculata High School will travel to Consuelo, Dominican Republic to learn about life in a developing country from a social justice perspective;
  • St. Peter High School will travel to France and Belgium as part of the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge; and
  • Sacred Heart High School will travel to the Netherlands, Belgium and France to mark the same anniversary.

Preliminary Budget Information for 2016-2017

Superintendent of Finance and Administration, David Leach, presented the third instalment to the 2016-2017 preliminary budget. The remaining sections of the board's budget will be provided as part of the agenda materials for the upcoming June 14, 2016 Board meeting at which the budget will continue to be deliberated upon. For more information, view pages 53-62 of the Board Agenda.


Boardroom Briefs

  • The Board approved the contracted services of Cuhaci and Associates to serve as the architects to complete the addition to St. Patrick's High School.
  • The Board was updated on the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority's (OTSA) progress towards its goals and objectives.
  • The Board was presented with Financial Statements for the seven months ended March 31, 2016, and a summary of legal fees from the period of September 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016.


For more information on any of the above Boardroom briefs, view the March 24 Board Agenda.


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