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Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights - Nov 22, 2016

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

  • WE Day 
  • Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week 
  • 2016-2017 School Renewal Budgets and Recommended Work 
  • Superintendent appointment 
  • Energy Management Report 2015 - 2016 
  • Audited Consolidated FInancial Statements

WE Day

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Superintendent Brenda Wilson was joined at the Board meeting with staff, students and parents who attended WE Day and are involved with social justice initiatives at Georges Vanier Catholic School and St. Patrick's High School. WE Day is an inspirational and motivational day that celebrates students as positive agents of change.

More information about OCSB students' experience at WE day can be found in our WE Day blog.

The WE Day pledge:
I pledge to live WE by making a difference everyday. 
By the way I act. By the way I help others. By the way I live. 
I will be an example of kindness and service to all those around me.

Back row (l-r): Trustee Sandra Moore, Ryan Larose, Vice-Principal; Kerri-Lynn Pratt, Parent; Audra Abromaitis, Teacher; Juliana Siok, Teacher; Heather MacPhee, Principal; Carina Quinn, Teacher; Elaine McMahon, Chairperson; Brenda Wilson, Superintendent. Front row (l-r): Sydney Pratt and Cana Laforest, Georges Vanier students

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week

Manon Seguin, Superintendent of Student Success, Intermediate/Secondary, outlined Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week at the OCSB. Bullying prevention is a year-round activity as highlighted by students and Principal Philip Capobianco from Frank Ryan Intermediate School. The students described how they strive everyday to create a safe and positive learning environment at their school.

Grade 8 students, parents and staff from the Frank Ryan community welcomed at Board to highlight their school-based activities during Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week and throughout the school year.

2016-2017 School Renewal Budgets and Recommended Work

The Board approved recommended capital renewal expenditures for 2016-2017 submitted by Superintendent of Planning and Facilities, Fred Chrystal, and Manager Ken Kary. 

The Board received the report on final expenditures and costs of implementing the full-day Kindergarten program. 

The Board approved projects funded from the Annual Facilities Renewal Program and School Condition Improvement grants as well as Temporary Accommodation and Accumulated Surplus projects.

For complete details, see pages 47-58 of the November 22, 2016 Board Agenda.


Superintendent appointment

Ben Vallati has been appointed to the position of Supervisory Officer, effective January 9, 2017, as received by the Board of Trustees. Ben's portfolio will be Continuing and Community Education and will also assume responsibility for the Mother Teresa and Notre Dame families of schools. 

Ben has been an educator for over 22 years, 16 years with the Board, as teacher, vice-principal and principal. "I am very pleased to welcome Ben to our Senior Administration team. I am confident that he will help us to continue in our mission of advancing Catholic education in the Ottawa Catholic School Board," said Denise Andre, Director of Education 

As a result of this appointment and a retirement, additional appointments and transfers of principals and vice-principals, effective January 9, 2017, were received by the Board of Trustees at the November 22nd meeting. 

These are fine educators who are deeply committed to providing quality Catholic education for all our students and will provide dynamic leadership in their new roles. 

Following is a list of elementary principal and vice-principal new assignments and transfers, effective January 9, 2017.

​Name ​Current Assignment ​New Assignment
​Cindy Aldrich-Braddon
​Principal, Convent Glen
​Principal, St. Anthony
​Laurie DiLabio
​Vice-Principal, St. Anne
​Principal, St. Gregory
​Tracey Jemmeson
​Vice-Principal, St. Emily
​Principal, Convent Glen
​Joseph Cinanni
​Vice-Principal, Monsignor Paul Baxter
​Vice-Principal, St. Anne
​Lori-Anne Hannigan
​Teacher, St. Philip
​Vice-Principal, St. Emily
​Mark Kennedy
​Teacher, St. Cecilia
​Vice-Principal, Monsignor Paul Baxter
​Jennifer Prichett
​Vice-Principal, St. Gregory
​Vice-Principal, St. Michael (Ottawa)

Energy Management Report 2015 - 2016

Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities, updated the Board on its ongoing efforts in energy conservation. Since the system-wide program began in 2005-­2006, the Board has avoided $27,860,000 in the costs of natural gas and electricity. These substantial savings have gone back into our schools and classrooms. 

The success of the Board's Energy Management Plan is due to the collective effort of all staff and students across the board. Fifty-three of the Board's schools actively participate in the EcoSchools program where students and staff continue to cooperatively develop and apply the knowledge and skills needed to effect long-term change. The Board has working solar panels at St. Dominic, Mother Teresa, St. Gabriel, and St. Patrick's High School. 

For details on how the savings were achieved, please see pages 60-62 of the November 22, 2016 Board Agenda.


Audited Consolidated FInancial Statements

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The Board approved Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended August 31, 2016 as audited and reported upon by Deloitte LLP. This favourable Independent Auditor's Report is available online. 

The Audit Committee consists of: 

  • Brian Coburn, Trustee and Chair of Audit Committee 
  • Elaine McMahon, Trustee and Chairperson of the Board 
  • Betty-Ann Kealey, Trustee and Vice-Chairperson of the Board 
  • Bailey Church, External Member 
  • Duane McNair, External Member 

For more complete details view on pages 70-78 of the November 22, 2016 Board Agenda.

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