School Choirs Place at Provincial and National Competitions
After winning the under-12 division of the Stratford Kiwanis Festival this past spring, a group of students from Avon Public School placed first at the Ontario Music Festival Association championship 2018. A boy choir from Avon and a junior choir from Hamlet Public School also qualified for the provincial competition, and placed third and second respectively. Conductor and Avon music teacher Mark McIntosh believes this is the first time two Stratford schools have held the top three spots in the province.
In August, the Avon Public School Music Ensemble went on to place third in the national competition in Sackville, NB. Since 2015, Avon has placed first or second in their division at the provincial level and also placed second nationally in 2015.
Online Registration Boosts Enrolment
This past spring and summer, we opened up an online registration portal for new students of all ages. The new tool helps to reduce the workload of school staff and allowed enrolment over the summer while school offices were closed. We are pleased to announce that 117 students enrolled using our new online registration tool since its implementation, 71 of those during the months of July and August.
Summer Learning Grants 303 Credits
Our summer school program this year provided lots of learning opportunities for students and staff alike, and resulted in 303 credits! The next Board meeting will include a fulsome presentation about what that learning looked like across the district.
International Students Have Arrived for the 2018-2019 School Year
Over 200 international students from several countries including China, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Vietnam have arrived to attend school in our district this school year. We expect at least 30 more to arrive for second semester. Thanks to all of the home stay families for welcoming these international students into their homes!
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Introduction of new Trustee, Colin Carmichael
Incoming Trustee Colin Carmichael was introduced tonight. The co-owner of Point Farms Market Miniature Golf will be acclaimed to the position of Trustee for Northwest Huron (Goderich and Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh) at the end of this term. He will be taking Trustee Al Sygrove’s seat starting in December, when the latter will be acclaimed as Trustee for Southwest Huron.
Student Trustee Update
Returning Student Trustee Natalie Moore introduced Incoming Student Trustee Kristin Vleeming of Stratford Central School, who has replaced Jesse Russell. She also reported that the first senate meeting will be next week, and that they will start planning this year’s projects then. The committee will plan to meet once a month throughout the 2018-2019 school year.
OPSBA 2018-2019 Membership Fees
The Board is annually invoiced for continued membership in the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association. The 2018/2019 membership fee is $47,184.28 which includes 13% HST of $5,428.28. There was a decrease of $603.42 in membership fees from 2017/2018. Read the report
Tenders Over the Summer
Updates were given on two summer tender projects which are ongoing, Early Years Addition at Exeter Elementary School and Microsoft Software Licensing – Bundling. Read the report
Read a list of the new faces around AMDSB, as well as those who have said or will be saying good-bye. Read the report
After many construction projects over the summer, we are happy to announce that we have occupancy everywhere. There are still some ongoing projects, such as the overhaul of the large gym at Listowel District High School. While that project will prevent students from using the gym for some time yet, the good news is that the general contractor is supplying a hardwood floor instead of parquet at the same price.
Elementary enrolment has increased by 100 students compared to the spring estimates, although not completely unexpected based on prior years’ trends. Secondary enrolment appears to be as expected; we expect this figure to change as schools finalize student timetables in the coming weeks. Full details will come to the board in November.
Future Board Meetings
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- September 25, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Closed Session, 7:00 p.m.
Student Advisory Committee, 7:30 Regular Session
Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation (at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- SEAC – Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
- Indigenous Education Committee – Wednesday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m.
- Joint Health & Safety Committee – Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
- SAL – Monday, September 24, 2018
- Audit Committee – Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.