Board Meeting Highlights – February 26, 2013

Launch of the Strategic Plan Website

sloganSM Board Meeting Highlights   February 26, 2013As a result of the weather, the presentation of the new Strategic Plan website was postponed until the next Board meeting on March 26, 2013. The site will be launched publicly tomorrow through a Board News Release.

The new site, iamalwayslearning.ca has been designed in a contemporary style that will allow all staff, students, parents and community members to more easily understand the Board's new 4 year plan and the direction the Board and its schools are heading through 2016.

The site will be updated on a regular basis to monitor the Board's progress in achieving the goals establish in the Annual Plan as related to the Strategic Plan.

School Year Calendar 2013-2014

The school year calendars were developed by the respective School Year Calendar Committees of the Avon Maitland District School Board and the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board. The result is that calendars between Avon Maitland District School Board and Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board align identically.

The school year commences Tuesday, September 3, 2013 with an instructional day and ends on Friday, June 27, 2014 with an instructional day. Christmas Break commences Monday, December 23, 2013 and concludes Friday, January 3, 2014. Classes resume Monday, January 6, 2014. March Break commences on Monday, March 10 and concludes on Friday, March 14, 2014.

Six professional activity days are scheduled as follows:
Friday, October 11, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
Friday, March 7, 2014
Friday, November 8, 2013
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014

Up to three of these Professional Development days are unpaid for various employee groups as a result of Bill 115 passed by the Ontario Legislature in the fall of 2012.

Approval of Tender for Renovations to Brookside Public School

This project is to renovate and add space to accommodate the Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten program to be implemented at this school in September. The project includes removing the existing cubbie and coat area and constructing a wall thereby increasing the size of the two existing classrooms to create appropriate sized kindergarten spaces. This tender also includes a small addition in the courtyard to accommodate a new cubbie and coat area as well as the creation of a new enclosed kindergarten play area on the grounds adjacent to the addition.

The Board approved the tender from Allen-Hastings Limited for renovations at Brookside Public School in the amount of $474,747.36.

Approval of Tender for Renovations and Additions to Goderich Public School

This project is to renovate and add space at Goderich Public School to accommodate the Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten program which will see an increased enrolment in September due to the closing of Holmesville Public School and Colborne Public School. The project includes renovating the existing Family and Resource Centre space
to create two appropriate sized kindergarten classrooms with washrooms. This space is immediately adjacent to the existing kindergarten classrooms, thereby keeping all kindergarten spaces together in a ‘pod’. The tender also includes the addition required to replace the space vacated by the Family and Resource Centre. The addition will include an Early Years room, play room, meeting room and two offices. As well there will 6 additional parking spots added to the site.

The Board accepted the tender from Wayne and Harold Smith Construction for the addition/renovations at Goderich Public School in the amount of $936,770.00.

Future Board Meetings

(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – 6:30 p.m. Student Advisory Committee, 7:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Closed Session, 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 – 5:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Open Session, 7:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Closed Session, 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session

Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation

(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
SEAC: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – 4:00 p.m.
PIC: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – 6:00 p.m.
Audit Committee: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Ignite Parents: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 6:00 p.m. Listowel Golf Course
Always Learning Awards: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - Seaforth Legion

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