Boardroom Newsbrief September 26, 2017

(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).


Report 17-068, Osgoode Area Program and Boundary Review – Consultation Plan Approval

Trustees approved a consultation process and timeline for a program and boundary review in the Osgoode area of the District, focusing in particular on the enrolment pressures at Castor Valley Elementary School.

The review does not qualify as a Pupil Accommodation Review (PAR).  A working group will be formed and will meet at least once this fall. School Councils, community associations and effected school councils will be provided with regular updates regarding the review and important dates.  A public consultation meeting will be held in the community in December2017 with a final Board decision regarding the review scheduled for January 2018.

Castor Valley Elementary School is projected to have an enrolment of 694 students in school year 2017-2018 and require the use of ten portables. Due to the capacity of the septic system the school can only accommodate a maximum of 11 portables on site. If no action is taken to alleviate pressures for September 2018, the school will not be able to accommodate its expected number of students. Based on recent intake levels, enrolment at the school is expected to increase to a projected 836 students by 2021 (a utilization rate of 190%), 395 students over the buildings capacity.

Report 17-086 can found on the boards’ website.

Report 17-058, Minor Policy Revisions

Trustees voted to approve minor housekeeping revisions to two OCDSB policies.  Those include changes to P.008 GOV Advisory Committee on Equity which included the removal of student trustees from the non-voting members of the Committee according to the revised Student Trustee policy P.017.GOV Student Trustees.

In addition, changes were made to P.108.SCO Care of Students with Severe or Life Threatening Medical Conditions. Those changes included but were not limited to the addition of the definitions of Ryan’s Law and Sabrina’s Law.  The changes are all of a procedural nature and do not require public consultation.

Report 17-072 – Approval of the Board Work Plan and Key Areas of Focus for 2017-2018

Trustees approved the 2017-2018 Board Work Plan and Key Areas of Focus.  The 2017-2018 work plan has been redesigned and moved away from a list of activities or reports tied to the calendar to a more strategic approach and includes Areas of Focus, Strategies and Opportunities, and Fiduciary Responsibilities. The detailed report can be found here

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