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Highlights from June 17 Board of Trustees Meeting
Highlights from June 17 Board of Trustees Meeting
Posted on 06/19/2020
2019-2020 Board of Trustees

Full details on presentations, reports and discussions can be found in the agenda or reviewed in the recorded broadcast.

June 19, 2020 (Brockville, ON) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 for their regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting. Trustees and senior staff joined the meeting by teleconference to ensure physical distancing, however the meeting was broadcasted live. Trustees discussed several items:

Director of Education Contract Extension

In his opening remarks, John McAllister, Chair of the Board, announced that the Board and its Director of Education, Stephen Sliwa, have agreed to an extension of the Director’s current employment contract for three more years, until November 2023. Chair McAllister congratulated Mr. Sliwa, commenting how “this is good news for us, knowing that we can rely on Director Sliwa’s leadership and support to address our Board’s priorities, support our staff, and to enable the successful operation of programs for all students”. Mr. Sliwa was hired by the Board of Trustees in November 2015.

Spring 2020 Director’s Award of Merit

Stephen Sliwa, Director of Education, announced the recipients of the Spring 2020 Director’s Award of Merit. This award recognizes UCDSB employees who bring the best of themselves to the workplace and contribute to a positive, productive and caring work environment.

The recipients are as follows:

  • Nancy Lalonde, Teacher at Rothwell Osnabruck Public School;
  • Melanie Spence, Educational Assistant at Rideau Vista Public School;
  • Rebecca MacLeod, Teacher at TR Leger (Alexandria Campus);
  • Luc Decoeur, Custodian at Williamstown Public School;
  • Kim Cook Office Assistant, TR Leger STEP Program; and
  • Sue Van Leeuwen, Teacher at South Grenville District High School.

Communications and Relationship Management Department Update

UCDSB staff updated Trustees on the progress of the Communications and Relationship Management (CRM) department in 2019-20 and their goals for 2020-21. This year, the CRM Department shifted the tracking of their work to directly align with the Board’s Strategic Plan. The department saw increased engagement on all social media platforms and had a successful Kindergarten Registration Campaign in the Winter and Spring of this year. Feedback from the system and the public will help guide the CRM team’s actions and initiatives in the 2020-21 school year.

Financial Forecast 2019 / 2020

UCDSB staff provided Trustees with the third financial forecast of the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The UCDSB is projected to be compliant for August 31, 2020 with a projected $6.6M surplus due to savings obtained during the school closure period. The Board is still awaiting the Grants for Student Needs (GSN) that will determine the 2020-21 budget. Budget deliberations will be held in July in order for the Board of Trustees to set their budget for the 2020 / 2021 operational year.

COVID-19 Operational Update

UCDSB staff updated Trustees on operational practices and priorities for the school district, as a result of the current public health crisis. Working closely with local health units, UCDSB schools have a plan in place for accessing schools to collect belongings between June 16 and 23. While our school buildings remain closed at this time, school playgrounds and athletic fields have re-open to the public (with the exception of playground structures remain closed due to provincial restrictions). UCDSB staff are currently comprising a school reopening strategy document that will guide the school start-up process in September 2020.

Student Transportation Funding

Trustees approved a motion brought forward by Chair John McAllister that sufficient resources be allocated to create a budget contingency to address potential additional student transportation costs due to unforeseen transportation requests received from families. They also approved a second related motion brought forward by Trustee David McDonald that the UCDSB request a report from the Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario (STEO) identifying the amount of funds available at the end of each year from the past five years, based on the daily transportation of students. 

For more information, please contact:


Stephen Sliwa
Director of Education
Upper Canada District School Board
[email protected]

John McAllister
Upper Canada District School Board

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