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Highlights from Dec. 11 Board of Trustees Meeting
Highlights from Dec. 11 Board of Trustees Meeting
Posted on 12/20/2019
Board of Trustees

December 20, 2019 (Brockville, ON) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 for their regular Board meeting. They discussed several agenda items:

Board Approves Donation of Surplus Sign to Town
Trustees approved donation of a surplus electronic sign from
Gananoque Intermediate & Secondary School (GISS) to the Town of Gananoque. It will replace a malfunctioning one at Gananoque’s arena. In doing so, trustees exempted the donation from a Board policy requiring disposal of assets at fair market value. The sign was replaced at GISS earlier this year as part of a rebranding process undertaken by the board. The original electronic sign was purchased by the school’s parent council.

Report on Individual Education Plans
Superintendent of Schools Ron Ferguson and Principal of Special Education Debbie Banks reported on how the system is reviewing and implementing Individual Education Plans (IEPs), in response to the Special Education Review that was done last year. The review findings showed inconsistencies in how IEPs were developed, which may have caused students drawing on special education resources when other strategies could have been used to support learning. The board has implemented several measures to tighten the process for IEPs and deliver support in alternative ways. These measures include the following:

  • training for school administrators around IEP creation and decommissioning;
  • Superintendent reviews of IEPs as part of their school visits this year; and
  • development of criteria for decommissioning IEPs that has been shared with all schools.

Since September, these steps have resulted in finding alternative strategies to support 111 students rather than relying upon an IEP document to be developed.

Board Supports Community Safety Zone for Lombardy Public School
Trustees passed a motion supporting a request from parents at
Lombardy Public School for a Community Safety Zone on Highway 15. Parents want the Ministry of Transportation to create the zone due to concerns over public safety during drop-off and pick-up times. Measures being considered if the zone is established range from improved signage to increased fines for speeding. The Board will ask the Township of Rideau Lakes to formally apply to the Ministry for the zone.

Director of Education Presents 2019-2020 Work Plan: Director of Education Stephen Sliwa presented the Senior Staff’s work plan for the 2019-2020 school year. The document outlines key work designed to advance the board in its priority areas of Collaboration, Resources, Educational Programs, and Wellness. The plan sets goals for board-wide improvement and actions to meet them. These goals include:

  • increasing the UCDSB graduation rate to 90 per cent by 2020 and identifying key strategies to sustain that level of success;
  • confirming timelines for establishing a common districtwide timetable that will assist in more course choices for secondary students;
  • increasing by 20 per cent the number of staff and school participants in year two of the pilot program designed to coordinate a common assignment schedule for students;
  • increasing employee awareness of frontline services available to them that promote healthy lifestyles and well-being;
  • increasing to 70 per cent the number of students who agree that their school has the equipment and materials necessary for their success and achievement; and
  • continuing to connect with community stakeholders and parents beyond the Board’s policy and statutory requirements.    
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