Board Meeting Highlights – Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Board Improvement Plan Overview

Superintendent of Program Jane Morris shared the first draft of the 2013-2014 Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being. (BIPSA)

The BIPSA articulate the core work of the Board as it relates to its Strategic Plan. Specifically the plan addresses Board strategies and evidence of the impact under each of plan's priorities: the creation of a positive inclusive learning environment and maximizing student outcomes.

Student Success Coordinator Stacy Somerville shared the Board's work as it relates to student pathways. In a presentation entitled Creating Pathways to Success – The Individual Pathways Plan "IPP" Ms. Somerville outlined how the "IPP" process works in Avon Maitland Schools.

Disposition of Surplus School Properties

As required by Regulation 444/98, municipal and educational parties were notified of the schools slated for disposal following the end of the 2012-2013 school year: Wingham Public School, Victoria Public School and Holmesville Public School. As part of the process, Wingham Public School and Victoria Public School were successfully negotiated for sale to their respective municipalities. However, in the case of Holmesville Public School there was no interest expressed so the Board received permission to take the school and its property to auction. The Board, at its meeting on September 24, 2013, set a reserve bid in preparation for the auction of this school on Thursday, October 3, 2013. The reserve set by the Board for Holmesville Public School was not met and so the school was not sold at auction. The process then moved to a sealed bid process which closed on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. As a result the Board announced tonight that Holmesville Public School has been sold and details of the sale will be made available when the deal is closed in late November.

EQAO Grade 9 Math and OSSLT

The grade 9 mathematics results continue to be above the provincial average. Of the students taking Applied Level mathematics, 52% successfully met the standard compared to 44% provincially. Of the students taking Academic Level mathematics, 86% successfully met the provincial standard, compared to 84% provincially. The OSSLT has shown a slight decline with 79% of students successfully reaching or surpassing the standard, compared to 82% provincially.

Full results were released on September 25, 2013 and the media release can be viewed by selecting this link.

Preliminary Elementary Class Size Reporting

The Ministry requires that prior to October 31, elementary classes be organized so that on a board-wide basis,

  • at least 90% of non-FDK primary classes have 20 or fewer students;
  • 100% of non-FDK primary classes have 23 or fewer students;
  • 100% of combined grade 3/4 classes have 23 or fewer students; and,
  • the junior/intermediate average class size not exceed a 26.40:1 ratio.

On September 12, 2013, based on actual enrolment, the Avon Maitland Primary Class Size numbers indicated that:

  • 92.1% of primary classes (JK-3) were 20 or fewer pupils;
  • 100% of all primary (JK-3) and grades 3/4 combined classes had 23 or fewer pupils; and,
  • junior/intermediate (grades 4-8) average class size ratio was 25.95.

Enrolment data will be shared at the November 26, 2013 Board meeting following the October 31, 2013 Ministry submission.

Future Board Meetings

(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
Tuesday, October 29. 2013 – 7:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Closed Session, 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
Tuesday, November 12, 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)
Student Advisory Committee: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.
SEAC: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 – 4:00 p.m.
Parent Involvement Committee: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 – 6:00 p.m.
Audit Committee: November 12, 2013 – 4:30 p.m.