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OCSB appoints Cindy Simpson as Zone 10 Trustee

The Board of Trustees for the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) has appointed Cindy Simpson as the Board Trustee for Zone 10, which encompasses the Rideau-Vanier, Rideau-Rockcliffe, and Somerset wards of Ottawa. Justice of the Peace, Paulina Brecher officiated at the swearing in ceremony in the OCSB Boardroom at the February 12, 2019 Board meeting.

Trustee Simpson served as a Catholic educator for 21 years, Catholic school principal for an additional 13 years, and Executive Director of the Youville Centre. She has participated in numerous community networks and committees such as the United Way Ottawa, the Child and Youth Mental Health Network of Ottawa, and the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Steering Committee of Ottawa. With a proven career commitment to children and youth, Trustee Simpson is a strong advocate for equitable resources throughout the education system.

Trustee Simpson was the runner up in the October 2018 municipal elections for Zone 10 to former long-serving OCSB Trustee Thérèse Maloney Cousineau. Due to illness, Trustee Maloney Cousineau was not officially sworn into office before passing away in January 2019. Trustee Simpson has been appointed as the qualified and certified runner up candidate, in accordance with the Education Act, to complete the 2019-2022 term.

“We welcome Cindy in her new role as Trustee, and look forward to her valuable input and service. Her unique perspective on the challenges of youth in the Ottawa area will be an asset to both her constituents and the Board of Trustees.”

Mark D. Mullan

Chairperson, OCSB

Educational Development Charges (EDC) public meeting

Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities

The Board held its first of two public meetings (this year) to review Educational Development Charges (EDC) policies and present a new by-law. EDCs are collected by the city at the building permit stage on new residential & non-residential developments and are then allocated to school boards to purchase and service new school sites. The next meeting is scheduled for March 26, 2019. View full details on the EDC policy review and successor by-law.

Appropriation of unappropriated accumulated surplus

Lisa Schimmens, Superintendent of Finance and Administration

As a result of prudent fiscal management, continued enrolment growth, and the implementation of expenditure reductions in the last several years, the Board current has a $17.5 million in unappropriated accumulated surplus funds.The Board allocated $10 million of the surplus to the following appropriated purposes/accounts:

 

  • WSIB and employee future benefits: $1.6 M
  • CEC and rental buildings renewal: $1.0 M
  • Strategic plan support (technology, large equipment replacement, program resources): $3.7 M
  • Extended Day Program (EDP): $0.5 M
  • Strategic Initiatives – Drawdown for 2018-2019: $3.2 M

Drawdown of accumulated surplus

Thomas D’Amico, Associate Director of Education

The Board approved the transfer of $3.2 million dollars from the internally appropriated accumulated surplus for strategic initiatives. These one time spending allocations are for the current school year:

 

  • School-based supports to address local needs: $1,100,000
  • Literacy resources: $198,000
  • Numeracy resources: $522,000
  • Portable sound system: $130,000
  • Classroom Chromebooks: $400,000
  • Chromebooks for EAs and ECEs: $400,000
  • Health & Safety: $450,000

Boardroom Summary

This February 12, 2019 blog post covers the following topics:

 

  • OCSB appoints Cindy Simpson as Zone 10 Trustee
  • Educational Development Charges (EDC) public meeting
  • Appropriation of unappropriated accumulated surplus
  • Drawdown of accumulated surplus
  • Financial statements received
  • Board kilometerage rate increase
  • Annual review of community planning and facility partnerships
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Briefs from the Boardroom

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Financial statements received

Lisa Schimmens, Superintendent of Finance and Administration

The Board approved the financial statements for the 3 months ended November 30, 2018, along with an explanation regarding significant variances in comparison to the 2018/2019 annual budget amounts pertaining to operating activities.

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Board kilometerage rate increase

Lisa Schimmens, Superintendent of Finance and Administration

Aligning with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) guidelines, the Board approved a change as of January 1, 2019 to $0.58 per km for the first 5,000 kilometres driven and $0.52 per km driven after that.

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Annual review of community planning and facility partnerships

Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities

The Board received annual review presentation of potential Community Planning and Facility Partnerships, covering topics such as space in existing schools, new schools, and an annual public meeting to be held in the Spring.


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