Jack A. MacDonald Award of Merit
Chair Colleen Schenk presented Student Trustee Zach Misener with the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association Jack A. MacDonald Award of Merit.
The Jack A. MacDonald Award of Merit is annually awarded to an Elementary or Secondary School student attending an Ontario Public School who has earned a sound academic record and has shown outstanding service and leadership in his or her community.
This Provincial honour is given to one recipient per year (and sometimes not at all if there is no deserving recipient). Congratulations Zach!
The late Jack A. MacDonald touched the lives of hundreds of trustees and teachers in school boards throughout Ontario during his more than 26 years in the field of education. As a school trustee in Brantford, an active member of the Home and School Association, and the Executive Director and Secretary Treasurer of the Ontario Public School Trustees’ Association for 17 years, Jack MacDonald compiled an impressive record of accomplishments and achievements.
His care and concern for Ontario education and, specifically, for students prompted his colleagues and friends to institute this award in his memory in 1987. It is a fitting tribute to Jack MacDonald that his award honours an elementary or secondary school student attending an Ontario public school who has earned a sound academic record and has shown outstanding service and leadership in his or her community.
Bringing Students the World
From June 6th-14th, over 200 youth ages 7-15 from 16 countries and 6 continents were in Stratford ON, Canada to tell their stories through theatre under the auspices of the World Festival of Children’s Theatre. (The festival is “for children, by children”, with productions for children and kids at heart.)
The Festival (closing today) was a tremendous success and thanks to our partnership with the Foundation for Education Perth Huron – with support from Digital Human Library, Stratford Central SS CommTech and the Stratford Tourism Association – experiencing stories by kids from all over the world was something that all our students (and beyond) could enjoy.
We were pleased to offer multiple opportunities for students to experience the Festival – available in 3 distinct ways:
- 1:00pm Matinee Performances in Stratford called World @ One O’Clock
- 5 tours of various performances out to the schools called World ‘On The Road’
- Daily live streaming of 1:00pm performances at SCSS called World on Live Stream.
Always Learning Awards
Avon Maitland would like to express their pride and congratulations to all recipients of the Always Learning Awards, those who were recognized for years of service and best wishes to all retirees. The annual awards event was held on Wednesday, June 8 at the Libro Hall in Clinton.
For nine years the Avon Maitland District School Board has honoured individuals with the ‘Always Learning Awards’. The awards recognize outstanding contributions to the Board and education and were initiated by trustees as a way of acknowledging members of the whole school community: staff, students, parents, volunteers, community members.
The purpose of the awards is to honour those who make an outstanding contribution towards the achievement of one or more aspects of the Board’s Strategic Plan.
Please see the Always Learning Awards 2016 web post for award recipients, service recognition list and retirees.
Student Senate Committee
The Student Senate Committee presented to the Board the theme and results of their Student Symposium.
They first outlined the role of Student Senators:
- We represent each individual school in the Avon Maitland District school board as well as the students and their voices
- Students at our schools can approach us with their thoughts, ideas, and concerns about the school and the board. Also, they can discuss with student senators different things in which they think should be changed or added, or even provide us with good news/events happening in our schools
- Student senators can then come together at the school board and share/discuss the student voices, opinions, and ideas
- The opinions and ideas of each student in our school is important and valued
- We act as role-models
- We are open to questions from students and have a good line of communication with Administrators (Principals/Vice-Principals)
Led by the Student Senators, the Symposium explored ways in which students’ voices can be increasingly heard and how each can become more empowered within their school to lead others and to affect change.
They also discussed in depth Digital Citizenship – the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use – as navigating cyberbullying, privacy, safety, and other digital dilemmas are a real challenge for schools.
Please see the video created from the symposium:
Please also see the Student Senate Committee’s presentation.
Approval of Tender: Renovations at Seaforth Public School
As part of the ongoing infrastructure improvements to be funded through Ministry facility grants, a tender was let for new entrance systems at the Seaforth Public School/ Education Centre building. The work includes replacing the front west entrance with barrier free doors including card reader access, replacing the south facing vestibule windows and installing a hold open security system and barrier free opening devices on the interior vestibule doors. In the corridor, work includes replacement of the west facing bank of curtain windows and replacement of the existing radiator. Work also includes replacing the south east entrance doors with barrier free, card reader access. The Board accepted the tender from Wayne & Harold Smith Construction Ltd. for renovations at Seaforth Public School in the tender amount of $144,640.00.
Approval of Tender: Windows and Masonry at St. Marys DCVI
As part of the ongoing infrastructure improvements to be funded through Ministry facility grants, a tender was let for window replacement and masonry repairs to the south elevation, first and second storey at DCVI, consistent with previous phases of this work. The Board accept the tender from K & L Construction Ltd for window and masonry repairs at St. Marys DCVI in the tender amount of $329,395.00.
Approval of Tender: Renovations at Mitchell District High School
As part of the ongoing infrastructure improvements to be funded through Ministry facility grants, a tender was let for renovations to the cafeteria at Mitchell District High School. The work includes replacing the original 1961 windows and exterior doors, floor replacement, the addition of accent lighting and painting. Also included is ventilation work which will provide improved indoor air quality. The Board accept the tender from Feltz Design Build for renovations at Mitchell District High School in the tender amount of $387,277.61.
Board Approves the 2016-2017 Budget
The Board approved the 2016-2017 Budget as recommended by the Finance Committee. The budget reflects total projected revenues and capital allocations of $207,418,315 less the net transfer of reserves of $360,510, totaling $207,057,805, which represents a nominal decrease from the prior budget year of $238,195. The projected operating expenses for the Board for 2016-2017 is $198,402,721 while the capital budget is projected at $8,655,084.
Enrolment projections for the upcoming school year reflect an overall decline from the current year of 2.4%. Elementary enrolment, which is estimated to drop by approximately 136 students, is expected to stabilize in future years while declines in the Secondary enrolment figures, expected to drop by approximately 232 students for 2016-2017, will continue to be steeper as a number of low enrolment cohorts moves through the Secondary division.
The revenues for 2016-2017 include a number of changes in grant structures and enhancements provided by the Ministry of Education. The Ministry has provided revenues to support collective agreement related costs, funds to support inflationary increases and has provided enhancements such as funding to support the local implementation of Ministry’s First Nation, Metis and Inuit Strategy. As well, the revenues reflect the refocusing of many special Ministry grants towards the Renewed Math Strategy. With an enrolment decline of 2.4% projected for the upcoming school year but only a nominal decline in operating revenues (0.11%), the general consensus of staff is that Avon Maitland fared well in terms of expected revenues.
The expenses for 2016-2017 include some reductions in staff in those areas directly impacted by the student enrolment decline. Expenses reflect the expected costs of collective agreements for the upcoming year and a significant increase in benefit costs, as the Board is experiencing a sizable rate increase as it it awaits the transition to the new Provincial Benefit plans for its employees. In addition to ensuring contractual obligations are covered, the focus is to ensure spending aligns with the Avon Maitland Strategic Plan. The goal continues to be maintaining existing funded programs and enriching some activities in support of the two Board priorities: to Maximizing Student Outcomes and Create Positive, Inclusive Learning Environments.
The final approval of the 2016-2017 budget was as follows:
The Avon Maitland District School Board approved the Operating Revenue and Transfers of Reserves totaling $198,402,721 and Expense Estimates in the amount of $198,402,721 for the period of September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.
The Avon Maitland District School Board also approved the Capital allocations and spending in the amount of $8,655,084 for the period September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.
Please see the full Budget Report of the Finance Committee.
Future Board Meeting
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – 4:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- SAL: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 – 9:00 a.m.
- Trustee Tour at North Perth Westfield Elementary School: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 – 5:30 p.m.
- Municipal and Community Partners: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – 3:00 p.m.