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November 13 Board Meeting
Highlights from November 13 Board of Trustees Meeting
Posted on 11/25/2019
Board of Trustees

November 25, 2019 (Brockville, ON) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 for their regular Board meeting. They discussed several agenda items. 

Study of Student Attendance Boundaries in North Glengarry:
Trustees approved a study of student attendance boundaries in the North Glengarry area. The study will review attendance boundaries for Maxville-area students for
Glengarry District High School and Tagwi Secondary School. The review will be finished by March 2020.

Board Work Plan for 2019-20

Trustee David McDonald, Chair of the Board’s Accountability Framework Committee, presented a proposed Board Work Plan for the 2019-20 school year. The plan sets four areas of priority where Trustees want to focus their work: Graduation Rate, Staff Culture, Student Culture and Community. Goals under these priorities are: 

Graduation Rate

  • Increase the graduation rate to 90 per cent by June 2020 and identify key strategies to sustain this level of success. The current estimated rate sits at 86 per cent.
  • Confirm timelines for establishing a common timetable that will assist in more choices for our secondary students.

Staff Culture:

  • Increase the number of staff and school participants during year two of the pilot program designed to coordinate a common assignment schedule for students by 20 per cent.
  • Increase employee awareness of available frontline services that promote healthy lifestyles and well-being.

Student Culture:

  • Increase the number of students who agree that their school has the equipment and materials necessary for their success and achievement to 70 per cent.


  • Continue to connect with community stakeholders and parents beyond our policy and statutory requirements.

Trustees approved the plan and now Director Stephen Sliwa will finalize the 2019-2020 Director’s Work Plan to ensure staff implement specific actions to meet the trustee goals. 

District Wide Timetable Project

Superintendent Susan Rutters briefed Trustees on the District Wide Timetable (DWT) initiative. The board is working to harmonize timetables at all secondary schools to a common five-period day with common start and end times. This will allow for collaboration between schools and increased access to virtual learning experiences for UCDSB students at the secondary level. As of September 2019, 14 out of 21 secondary schools run a five-period day. The seven remaining schools will transition to this model by September 2020.

As part of the DWT project, the board will run a pilot program to test the effectiveness of day school learning using video conferencing in collaboration with four high schools with common bell times and a synchronized five-period day rotation. The schools are: Almonte District High School, Gananoque Secondary School, North Dundas District High School, and Seaway District High School. Both “Canada, History Identity and Culture” and “Environment and Resource  Management” have been selected as diploma courses to be delivered through video conferencing, Students will address course requirements during the same designated period from an instructor teaching remotely in real time through the online learning platform Desire 2 Learn. The delivery model may provide greater access to courses, while offering students contact with teachers through SKYPE, chat rooms, and other collaboration spaces. 

2018-19 Draft Audited Consolidated Financial Statements: Staff presented the Draft Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the 2018-19 school year. The report showed, for compliance purposes, in-year revenues of $370.49 million, in-year expenses of $372.21 million, and an in-year deficit of $1.72 million. The $1.72 million financial deficit is considerably lower than the most recent financial forecast of $2.74 million, which was provided to the Board of Trustees on June 19, 2019. The deficit falls within the Ministry of Education’s acceptable threshold of 1 per cent of operational allocation.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Stephen Sliwa
Director of Education
Upper Canada District School Board
(613) 342-0371 ext. 1188

John McAllister
Upper Canada District School Board



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