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Highlights from the March 23 Board of Trustees Meeting
Highlights from the March 23 Board of Trustees Meeting
Posted on 03/25/2022
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Full details on presentations, reports, and discussions can be found in the agenda or reviewed in the recorded broadcast. Video segments are linked in the subhead for each item below.  

March 25, 2022 – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Some of the items discussed in the public session are as follows.   

Executive Superintendent Eric Hardie presented an update on student achievement as it relates to the UCDSB’s Board Improvement and Equity Plan (BIEP) goal to have a minimum of 90 per cent of students graduate within five years.  

Hardie shared that for Quadmester 2 of the 2021-22 academic year, school success rates for credits earned ranged between 90.9 per cent and 99 per cent, with an average success rate of 97 per cent. When compared to the same time period for the previous school year, failures are down 41.6 per cent.  

Since the return to in-person learning and a more normal learning environment, Hardie explained re-engaging students has been a focus. He shared a new initiative for students to receive additional hands-on and real-world learning in the skilled trades is coming to 11 schools. Through funding provided to the UCDSB’s Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) and Ontario Youth Apprenticeship programs, the St. Lawrence College Mobile Skills Training Lab will make week-long stops at the schools during the months of April, May, and June. The two trailers - trades trailer: carpentry, electrical and welding and wellness trailer: nutrition, fitness and culinary – are designed to provide students an opportunity to explore post-secondary options, earn micro credential certificates, and get them re-engaged in learning.  

Also of note, for the 2022-23 school year secondary schools will see two new dual credit options for students. The Heritage Carpentry Dual Credit course will see students learn how to build building foundations, floors, walls, and roofs. The Agricultural Dual Credit course will allow students to learn about plants, soil, and fertilization as it relates to the agricultural sector. Successful students in these courses will receive college and high school credits.  

Student Trustees Bradford Ward and Eshal Ali gave an update to the Board on the new Student Trustees’ Equity and Inclusion Committee. The duo has been working to finalize membership and prepare for the committee’s first official meeting next month. 

As mentioned during the January 26 Board of Trustees meeting, the Student Trustees have been working alongside Daniel McRae, Principal of Equity and Inclusion and the district’s senior team to create the committee. 

Ali noted this committee’s goal is to further UCDSB’s efforts to build safe and accepting environments for all students, which includes every student being represented and diverse voices of students across the board being heard.  

The committee membership will be comprised of 22 students who will serve a one-year term. 

 

For media inquiries, please contact:   

April Scott-Clarke   Manager of Communications   Upper Canada District School Board   [email protected]  

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