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Highlights from the May 12 Board of Trustees’ Meeting
Highlights from the May 12 Board of Trustees’ Meeting
Posted on 05/14/2021
UCDSB Trustees

Full details on presentations, reports and discussions can be found in the agenda or reviewed in the recorded broadcast. 

 

May 14, 2021 (Brockville, ON) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met virtually on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 for a regularly scheduled board meeting.  

 

Student Trustees Wrap Up with Annual Review 

UCDSB Student Trustee Jordan Evans provided trustees with a report as he and his counterpart, Tain Hughes, start to wrap up their school year serving as the two school board student trustees. Jordan reviewed what’s been accomplished this year, including the feminine hygiene initiative as well as requesting a student survey for feedback on this year’s academic and social experiences for our students. The two secondary school students are set to graduate this spring with plans to pursue post-secondary degrees. Newly elected student trustees Bradford Ward and Eshal Ali will join the UCDSB Board of Trustees in September for the 2021-2022 school year. Chair John McAllister thanked Tain and Jordan for their dedication as student trustees, particularly during such an unconventional school year.  

 

UCDSB Passes 2021-2022 School Year Calendar 

Following the Ministry of Education directives as well as reviewing public feedback, UCDSB staff presented its 2021-2022 School Year Calendar to trustees. Staff outlined they received 200 survey responses from the staff and families about the proposed school year calendar. Once the calendar receives approval from the Ministry of Education, it will be posted to the UCDSB website.  

 

Staff Review Capital Project Plans and Proposals 
The UCDSB provided an outline of proposed and ongoing capital projects across the school district. Staff outlined the proposed approach to submit seven Capital Priorities business cases to the Ministry of Education for consideration, including a new facility build for Carleton Place High School and Caldwell Street Public School as well as a new build for the Perth & District Collegiate Institute. Staff also outlined current capital projects for the 2021 construction season, which tallies at $54 million. That investment in capital projects also includes more than $10 million in improvements to support the COVID-19 response. 
 

Grants for Student Needs Highlighted 

Following the May 4 provincial government announcement of funding for school boards, staff outlined the projected financial supports coming from the Grants for Students Needs, COVID-19 funds and Priorities and Partnerships Funding (PPF) and what it means for the school board for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Ministry continues to instruct boards to plan for continued COVID-related impact to instruction and operations for at least the first half of the 2021-22 school year, and has provided financial supports accordingly. PPF funding will be focused on specialized areas including mental health and well-being, special education and Indigenous education. Staff are working on finalizing the 2021-22 school year budget and an update will be presented at the May 26 board meeting. 

 

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For media inquiries, please contact:

 

April Scott-Clarke
Manager of Communications
Upper Canada District School Board
communications@ucdsb.on.ca

John McAllister

Chair
Upper Canada District School Board
613-213-4094


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