Boardroom Newsbrief - June 24, 2019

Boardroom Newsbrief - June 24, 2019

(The Newsbrief is meant to provide the highlights of the decisions made at the Board meeting for the benefit of our community. The notes do not serve as the official record of the meeting. Please refer to Board or Committee minutes).

Chair's Briefing

2019 Community Recognition Awards and Volunteer Reception

A recording of the 2019 OCDSB Community Recognition Awards ceremony will air on Rogers TV, Ottawa Cable 22 on Tuesday 25 June at 9:30pm. DVD copies of the show are also available and can be ordered online through the Rogers TV website.

Last Meeting of 2018-2019

Tonight is our last Board meeting for the 2018-2019 school year. The chair expressed her gratitude to all OCDSB trustees, student trustees, staff, parents, and the community for remaining fully engaged and dedicated to the achievement and
well-being of the children across our District. 

Director's Briefing

BMO 2019 National Student Innovations Awards

Over the past school year, the students at Katimavik Elementary School have been creating, developing, and supervising their very own business venture as part of the Entrepreneurial Adventure program. Their ventures, along with 11 others from Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Ottawa, stood out and they were recognized with a BMO National Student Innovation Award. Katimavik Elementary School won in the “Teamwork” category for their Escape Night. Congratulations team Katimavik!

JA Program

Over the course of the year students working with the JA program through ONFE have set up, operated and wound down real businesses with the help of volunteer business advisors and teachers. The JA program helps Ottawa’s young people develop the business skills and innovative thinking. The 2019 JA Ottawa Student Business Awards Ceremony was held on June 11th at Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School. It was the largest JA Awards ever, and a number of OCDSB secondary school students received awards for their projects.

Graduation Ceremonies

This week, our secondary schools will host graduation ceremonies. These events are wonderful celebrations of student learning. On behalf of the District, the Director congratulates all of our students on their achievements and wishes them all the best in their future as they move to the next exciting stage of their lives.

Student Trustee Report

Student Trustees Samantha Lin and Isaac Glassman presented their final Student Trustee Report.  Trustee Lin will be heading to Western University in the fall. Samantha has been accepted to the Business Management and Organizational Studies and Ivey program. Trustee Lin said, “It has been such a pleasure working with all of the Trustees this year, I have learned so much from them and am thankful for their guidance. Another highlight was working with the Student Senators this year. I am so proud of what they have achieved and can't wait to see all of the wonderful work that is to come!”

Trustee Glassman will be heading off on a gap year to work on small organic farms across the world. He hopes to travel to Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and India. Next year, he will be attending the Health Sciences program at McMaster University. Trustee Glassman said, "The highlight of my term has been working with all of the staff and students of the OCDSB. I have learned how complex our education system is, and more importantly how important all voices - particularly those of students - are to ensuring successful education for all students."

Both Student Trustees wished their successors the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the Ontario education system.

OPSBA 2019 Jack A. MacDonald Award of Merit

Osgoode Township High School student, Hannah Burrows has received the OPSBA 2019 Jack A. MacDonald Award of Merit. The Jack A. MacDonald Award of Merit is awarded to an elementary or secondary school student attending an Ontario public school within an OPSBA Member Board for a sound academic record and outstanding community service and leadership.

Public Motions

Report 19-064, Special Education Plan 2019 and Special Education Report 2019

Trustees approved the Special Education Plan and the Special Education Report.School boards are required to prepare a special education plan annually. This year, a more comprehensive review of the document was undertaken with a focus on improving clarity and ease of use of the plan and aligning it with legislative requirements. The revisions to the special education plan for 2019 were drafted in consultation with members of SEAC.

Approval of Education Development Charges Amending By-Law

On March 26, 2019 the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) passed an Education Development Charges By-law (the “By-law”) under section 257.54 of the Education Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.2, as amended (the “Act”). The adopted by-law hasa term of five years unless repealed or rescinded earlier.

On June 24, 2019, the OCDSB amended Education Development Charges By-law 01. The Board’s by-law was amended pursuant to O. Reg. 55/19, which was enacted by the Province of Ontario on March 29, 2019 and allows for annual increases in EDC rates for qualified school boards. Implementation date will be June 29, 2019.

The schedule of Education Development Charges to be imposed in respect of designated categories residential and non-residential development, and has been calculated in accordance with the rate ‘cap’ imposed under the legislation, is as follows:


Education Development Charges are imposed on all development and redevelopment lands in the City of Ottawa, save and except the types of development specifically exempted by the Board in its By-law. Accordingly, a key map showing the location of lands affected by the By-law is not provided as part of this notice.

A copy of the By-law is available for review here.

Approval of New Fernbank Elementary School, Approval of Opening Grade Structure, Program and Attendance Boundary

The new elementary school in the Fernbank area has been approved. Opening date is dependant on Ministry Capital Funding. The new school will be a dual-track kindergarten to grade 6 facility, offering both an English program with Core French (ENG) and an Early French Immersion (EFI) program. The attendance boundary would be comprised of that portion of the John Young Elementary School boundary located west of Terry Fox Drive and the Carp River.  

To view the New Fernbank Elementary School attendance boundary please view Appendix D of Report No. 19-070.

boundary revision has also been approved that redirects portion of the Bridlewood Community Elementary School, Middle French Immersion program boundary to A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School, beginning with grade 4 and adding one grade per year thereafter.

To view the boundary revisions please view Appendix D COW 18 June 2019.

Approval of 2019-2023 – Strategic Plan: Building Brighter Futures Together

Trustees approved the 2019-2023 – Strategic Plan: Building Brighter Futures Together. The Education Act requires school boards adopt multi-year plans that are three to five years in length. The OCDSB uses a four-year planning cycle. The current plan is scheduled to expire in August, 2019. The new plan will begin September 2019.

Starting in 2018, the Board of Education and District staff spent considerable time reflecting, collecting information and analyzing student achievement results, investigating best practices, and consulting with the community to establish a set of priorities that would guide our work for the next four years. Our goal was to create a simple, measurable and impactful plan that is meaningful to our students, staff and community members.

Recognizing that learning, well-being and equity are the core of our work, our strategic plan is focused on building a culture that supports and engages students, staff and community. To do this, we need to build a workplace that is safe, caring and respectful. We need to set high expectations for all students and staff. And, we need to look forward and think about how our world is changing and ensure we are ready to welcome that change. With this in mind, we are excited that our new strategic plan has three key objectives – to create a Culture of Innovation, a Culture of Caring, and a Culture of Social Responsibility.

To drive our cultural shift, we have established three goals for each objective; one with a student focus; one with a staff focus; and one with a system focus. These goals are supported by strategies that will guide our work; outcomes that point to the change we want to make happen; and key performance indicators that will help us to measure our progress.

Learn more about our new 2019-2023 – Strategic Plan: Building Brighter Futures Together.

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