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Photo: Proud and pleased to honour Dr. Trevor Arnason with the 2019 OCSTA Student Trustee Alumnus Award on behalf of OCSTA. Left to right: Denise Andre, Director of Education; Dr. Trevor Arnason; and Mark D. Mullan, Chairperson of the Board.

 

Presentation of 2019 OCSTA Student Trustee Alumnus Award

The 2019 OCSTA Student Trustee Alumnus Award was presented at the OCSTA AGM in Toronto on April 26, 2019 to a student trustee alumnus in recognition of outstanding leadership and demonstration of Catholic values in work, community, and family life. The recipient, Dr. Trevor Arnason, a student trustee with the Ottawa Catholic School Board in 2002-2003, was unable to be present at the ceremony. Dr. Arnason now works for Ottawa Public Health. The award was presented to Trevor at the Board meeting of June 11, 2019.

End of Year Student Trustees’ Report

Ben Vallati, Superintendent of Continuing and Community Education, Caleb Reid and Nate Waddell, Student Trustees

At the June 11, 2019 Board of Trustees meeting Student Trustees, Caleb Reid and Nate Waddell, presented their end-of-year Student Trustees’ report focussed on an update of the year’s activities and what they have learned along the way. These gentlemen have been exemplary representatives of our student body and the Student Senate.

“What we learned:

  • What the professional world really looks like
  • How our Board functions both locally and provincially
  • Leadership skills
  • Teamwork and collaboration with students, teachers, staff, and trustees
  • How much goes on in our Board! (a whole lot)
Nate and Caleb, student trustees

Be Well Initiatives – Board Improvement Plan Update

Manon Séguin, Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services
Stephen McCabe, Superintendent of Human Resources

The Be Well strategic commitment is one of three cornerstones that is reflected on during the development of all Board Improvement Plans. Superintendents Seguin and McCabe gave an update on the continuous evolution of this commitment.

To promote student wellness:

  • Developing social emotional learners through Friendship Skills groups, Stress Lessons, Peers programs, and Stress & Anxiety groups as well as a video series.
  • Leveraging partnerships with outside agencies and groups like Me to We, Ottawa Public Health, and several others.
  • Professional development for eductaor and clilnical staff to support students including A.S.I.S.T/Safe Talk [about suicide].

To promote wellness for staff:

  • Mental Health Week (May 6-10) and partnered with Ottawa Public Health to promote “Have That Talk” resources
  • Provided each Principal with resources to share with staff regarding personal well-being
  • Launch of LifeSpeak video series to support wellness
  • Covered registration for staff to take Mental Health First Aid course
  • Presentations to staff on personal well-being

Preparation for the 2019-2020 Budget

Lisa Schimmens, Superintendent of Finance and Administration

Lisa Schimmens, Superintendent of Finance and Administration gave detail on key sections of the upcoming budget to the trustees:

  • 2019/2020 Preliminary Budget Information (pages 25 – 29 in the Board agenda); and
  • Proposal for meeting 2019-2020 Budget Objectives (Regular Session) (pages 30 – 37 in the Board agenda)

This is in preparation for the tabling of the full budget for approval the next meeting of the Board of Trustees: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Capital Plan 2019

Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities

Superintendent of Planning and Facilities Fred Chrystal and Manager of Planning Ken Kary provided the Board of Trustees with the 2019 Capital Plan, including the process, consultation, and timetable for approval by the Board. The report also gives draft priorities for the short, medium and long term for capital projects.

“As we generally have one future high school site in each of the City’s major growth areas, we believe we are well-equipped to provide accommodation for the future high school enrollment growth, and will be in a position to respond to enrolment pressures in a timely manner.”

Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities

Appointment of a Supervisory Officer, Planning and Facilities

Director of Education Denise Andre announced the appointment of Miro Vala to the position of Supervisory Officer, Planning and Facilities, effective August 12, 2019. Mr. Vala is currently the Manager of Facilities with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. He has also worked at the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario as Supervisor of Plant and Maintenance and Project Engineer. As a Professional Engineer with extensive school board experience, Mr. Vala will be an asset to our Senior Administration team.

Miro Vala has been appointed as the new Superintendent of Planning and Facilities.

News from the Boardroom Summary

This June 11, 2019 blog post covers the following topics:

  • Presentation of 2019 OCSTA Student Trustee Alumnus Award
  • End of Year Student Trustees’ Report
  • Be Well Initiatives – Board Improvement Plan Update
  • Preparation for the 2019-2020 Budget
  • Capital Plan 2019
  • Appointment of a Supervisory Officer, Planning and Facilities
  • Principal Appointment
  • Vice-Principal Appointments
  • Bus Driver Appreciation Day
  • Board meeting time change
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Briefs from the Boardroom

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Principal Appointment

SchoolPrincipal
St. BenedictLisa Hurd
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Vice-Principal Appointments

SchoolVice-Principal
St. BenedictJennifer Murphy (.5)
St. Mother Teresa HighHeather MacDonell
St. RitaNadine Vigneault (.5)
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Bus Driver Appreciation Day

In anticipation of Bus Driver Appreciation Day, the OCSB Trustees posed with a poster of support: Thank you for transporting our students to and from school safely and happily.

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Board meeting time change

The Board of Trustees approved a change to the Procedural By-Laws. Beginning in September of 2019, regular meetings of the Board of Trustees will begin at 7 p.m.


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