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Highlights from March 11 Board of Trustees Meeting
Highlights from March 11 Board of Trustees Meeting
Posted on 03/16/2020

Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 for their regular Board meeting. They discussed several agenda items.

Denise Jackson Appointed to SEAC Committee
Trustees ratified the appointment of Denise Jackson, superintendent of student services with the Ahkwesahsne Mohawk Board of Education (AMBE), to the UCDSB Special Education Advisory Committee. Jackson will serve as AMBE representative on the committee starting March 12.

School Presentation Videos
Trustees viewed videos from Perth and District Collegiate Institute (PDCI) and Pleasant Corners Public School (PCPS) highlighting how each school’s School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Wellness (SIPSAW) is implemented day-to-day. The videos include details of the varied programming at the schools, student and staff testimonials and overall school culture.

·Watch the PCDI video
·Watch the PCPS video

Power Up Program Update
Staff presented on the success of the UCDSB Power Up program, which is being piloted in 15 schools. Through this two-level program, students can access a special education teacher as an enhancement to their homeroom programming, or through a designated special education class. Students in the program have experienced increased academic success in math and literacy, as well as an enhanced sense of inclusion due to fewer office referrals, suspensions or students on partial days. Watch a video about the program. More information can be found here.

Equity and Inclusion Plan Update
Staff reported on progress made under the UCDSB Equity and Inclusion Plan. Actions taken over the past year include: creation of a Human Resources committee to review hiring practices to ensure they meet equity guidelines; training for administrators regarding religious accommodation; awareness training in equity related policies and

procedures for all employees; and implementing procedures to support and accommodate transgendered and gender non-conforming students.

Maxville School Attendance Area Study Trustees voted to create a flexible school attendance zone for students in and around Maxville. The move will allow area students to attend either Glengarry District High School (GDHS) or Tagwi Secondary School, an option that was previously available prior to a recent transportation zone change by Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario (STEO). The move was recommended after a third-party review of school transportation boundaries in the area.

Trustees to send letter to Minister of Education Trustees passed a motion to send a letter to the Ministry of Education expressing their concerns about support for a strong public education system.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Stephen Sliwa
Director of Education
Upper Canada District School Board
613-342-0371 ext. 1188
Communications@ucdsb.on.ca

John McAllister
Chair
Upper Canada District School Board
613-213-4094

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