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Left to right. Front row: Lise Powell, Principal; Students David Keenan, Emma, Deslauriers, Bridget Osezua, and Joselie Al Hkayem; Lorrie Maw, teacher & Environmental Team leader.  Back row: Mark D. Mullan, Chairperson; Manon Séguin, Superintendent; and Joanne MacEwan, Trustee.


Chapel Hill Catholic School is a Platinum EcoSchool

The Grade 4 Enviro-Busters from Chapel Hill Catholic School arrived at the Board table to outline how there school has become a top-level Eco-School: Platinum. With energy conservation, composting, recycling on their minds, they work diligently to encourage everyone in their school to do the same, hoping to have an impact on their community and the world around them.

Being part of the Earth Rangers inspires us to learn about climate change and how is affecting our planet. We are helping others through waste reduction initiatives and reaching out all over the world.

Grade 4 student, Chapel Hill Catholic School

Ottawa Catholic School Board Approves Balanced Operating Budget

Lisa Schimmens, Superintendent of Finance and Administration

The Ottawa Catholic School Board has approved a balanced operating budget for the 2019-2020 school year totaling $558 million. Lisa Schimmens, Superintendent of Finance and Administration, presented a budget that is compliant with all provincial government regulations and reflects input from stakeholders including the Catholic School Council Parents’ Association (CSPA), the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), Indigenous Education Advisory Committee, employee groups, and the Student Senate.

This budget focuses on programs and initiatives that enhance student & staff success while ensuring schools are safe, caring, and welcoming places. Here are the highlights of additions to the 2019-2020 operating budget: 

  • Additional teachers due to enrolment growth net of secondary class size changes (21 FTE);
  • Additional Educational Assistants to support current and anticipated student needs (32 FTE permanent staff and 21 FTE casual staff);
  • Three additional Kindergarten Assessment Classes (9 FTE);
  • Two additional System Language Classes (2 FTE);
  • Additional Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) Supports (2 FTE);
  • Additional English as a Second Language Teachers (2 FTE);
  • Four new Addictions Counsellors (4 FTE);
  • Additional Guidance Counsellor (1 FTE);
  • Five additional eLearning sections;
  • Additional Chaplaincy Leader support (0.5 FTE);
  • A new Equity and Diversity Advisor position (1 FTE);
  • $100,000 Innovation Learning Fund;
  • $50,000 to support employee wellness to “Be Well”;
  • $59,000 increased support for extracurricular coverage;
  • $30,000 increased support for health and safety inspections;
  • $30,000 for the Student Senate to address school-based priorities;
  • $52,500 to support music instruction training at the elementary level; and
  • Spending related to a new addition to St. Joseph High School and the completion of the addition for Holy Redeemer Elementary School.

This operating budget represents a 1.9% increase over that of last year and provides for a 2019-2020 enrolment of 44,368 students, an increase of almost 1,000 students or 2.2%.

We are very proud to approve this budget; a budget that provides funds and support so our Catholic schools continue to be welcoming and safe places where students and staff can achieve and thrive.

Mark D. Mullan, Chairperson of the Board

We feel that this budget will help us invest in our schools and classrooms while ensuring we are able to support our Strategic Commitments:  “Be Community, Be Well, Be Innovative.

Denise Andre, Director of Education

Equity and Diversity Framework

Shelley Montgomery, Superintendent of Leading and Learning
Debbie Kealey, Principal, St. Peter High School and co-chair of the Equity Committee

Mena Kelly, Coordinator of Leadership Development, Leading & Learning Department

The Ottawa Catholic School Board is called to be a community, which includes students, staff, parents and parish. Embracing diversity and promoting equity, we are guided by Catholic social teachings to create welcoming places for all.

The Ottawa Catholic School Board Equity and Diversity Framework is based on the foundations of our Catholic Social Teachings and Gospel Values. The objective of the framework is to ensure that the Dignity of the Person is at the forefront of all equity, diversity and inclusive ideas, policies and actions.

OCSB Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA) and Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) Presentation

Denise Andre, Director of Education

Outgoing Co-Chair of CSPA, Laura Cater is thanked for her years of devoted service to CSPA and the Ottawa Catholic School Board by Denise Andre, Director of Education.

Erinn Ladouceur, CSPA Co-Chair, and Roxeanne Marberl, PIC Chair, gave a comprehensive report on their groups’ activities during the 2018-2019 school year and thanked the OCSB community for their ongoing support. Key achievements for the year:

  • Networking at People for Education conference and building more partnerships in the Board, City and Province.
  • Reaching more parents with live streaming of meetings and/or recording them and putting them online.
  • Holding educational and information events for parents and guardians as well as six plenary meetings per year with presentations, construction zones, and more networking.
  • Constantly adding to and improving communication using Facebook, Twitter, Constant Contact, Website and printed takeaways with key information on them.

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Year-End Presentation

Manon Séguin, Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services

Helen McRobbie, Chairperson of the Special Education Advisory Committee addressed the Board, thanking them for supporting SEAC and students with special needs. Reiterating the priorities shared at a previous meeting and progress made throughout the year, Ms. McRobbie was hoping that next year the Board would expand relationships with community partners to give students with special needs more and more ways to work and train in the city during the school year as they prepare for the world of work after graduation. 

The remarks closed with a special mention of the OCSB Trustees who continue to play a key role in all SEAC meetings.

Farewell to outgoing student trustees

Saying goodbye to two very inspiring young men who served as Student Trustees this past year:  Left to right: Mark D. Mullan, Chairperson; Nate Waddell, St Mark; Caleb Reid, All Saints; and Denise Andre, Director of Education.

News from the Boardroom Summary

This June 25, 2019 blog post covers the following topics:

  • Chapel Hill Catholic School is a Platinum EcoSchool
  • Ottawa Catholic School Board Approves Balanced Operating Budget
  • Equity and Diversity Framework
  • OCSB Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA) and Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) Presentation
  • Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Year-End Presentation
  • City of Ottawa Request for Easement at Future Mer Bleue High School Site 
  • International Excursions 2019-2020

Briefs from the Boardroom


City of Ottawa Request for Easement at Future Mer Bleue High School Site

Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities
The Board approved a request from the City of Ottawa for easement at our future high school site in Mer Bleue. The requested easement is required for future roadworks that were not anticipatied at the time of purchase, and will not have an impact on the layout of the future site plan for the school.


International Excursions 2019-2020

The OCSB Field Trips and Excursions policy requires that a summary of all international excursions that have been reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee be received by the Board of Trustees twice a year, in June and October. International trips for the academic year 2019-2020 that have been approved to date are summarized on pages 66-67 of the June 25, 2019 Board Agenda.

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