From the Boardroom - October 15, 2019 Edition

From the Boardroom - October 15, 2019 Edition
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From the Boardroom - October 15, 2019 Edition

Kenora Safe Graduation Community Presentation

Jodi Jenner, Ontario Provincial Police Constable and Safe Grad Committee Member, provided a presentation on Kenora's Safe Grad Community event. Safe Grad is a community-wide event, hosted by volunteers and has been happening in Kenora for over 15 years. The event is open to all graduates in the community and is an alcohol-free, fun, safe event for students on the night of graduation. In June 2018, 94 of 164 graduates attended the celebration.

Grace Dunford shared that the aim of the committee this year is to improve communication with the graduating students by attending meetings and finding out what the graduates want to see at the event.

Jenner requested the board's assistance in supporting the Kenora Safe Graduation event by being cheerleaders and supporters of the event. Jenner also requested that a $50 fee be added to the graduation fee for students to encourage raffle ticket sales that support fundraising efforts for the Safe Graduation Committee.

Successes of St. Louis School's Down to Earth Nature Club

Principal Maureen Frankcom, Teacher Kerri Favreau, parent Amanda Goodman and Grade 5 students Devin Campbell and Arlie Olson provided a presentation on the successes of St. Louis School's Down to Earth Nature Club. Sixty-two students signed up for the club this school year, resulting in an expansion of the program to two days per week. The program aims to connect students with local guest speakers who share knowledge in a wide variety of topics such as planting, animals, nature, photography, canning and preserving, beekeeping and composting. Kerri Favreau shared a video showcasing the successes of the club. Click here to read more about the Down to Earth Nature Club.

Student Trustee Report

Student Trustees, Clareynze Ceria and Julia Tkachuk, provided a report on the notable accomplishments, humanitarian activities and events happening at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in October and highlighted upcoming events. You can watch their full video report here:


Policy #8 - Role of the Vice Chair

The Trustees passed a motion to approve the review of Policy #8 - Role of the Vice Chair with no changes at this time.

Resignation of Christine Wayne

Paul Landry, Vice Chair presented that Christine Wayne has been with Kenora Catholic since January 15, 2001, as an Administrative Assistant, and in 2007 she assumed the role of Executive Secretary. She has been involved in many initiatives at the board such as Safe Schools, organizing the board's Christmas charitable activity, organizing the Year End Celebration as well as the Social Committee. She has also streamlined and organized the board's travel process.

The Trustees passed a motion to accept the resignation of Christine Wayne for the purposes of retirement effective December 31, 2019, with regret.

Special Education Advisory Committee Report

Trustee Anne Sweeney provided a report on the June 20, 2019 SEAC meeting held at St. Thomas Aquinas High School as well as the September 20, 2019 meeting held at the Catholic Education Center. Listen to Trustee Anne Sweeney's full report via audio file by clicking here.

Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association Fall Regional Meeting Report

Derek Haime, Director of Education, provided a report on the OCSTA Fall North West Regional Meeting that was held in Thunder Bay on October 4, 2019. A delegation of Kenora Catholic Trustees attended the meeting with Director Haime.

Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association Regional Director's Report

Trustee Frank Bastone provided a brief report on the recent OCSTA Regional Director's meetings that he participated via teleconference, with a full report coming to a future meeting.

Next Board Meeting

The next Board Meeting of the Kenora Catholic District School Board is scheduled for Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Catholic Education Center in Kenora with video conferencing available from St. John School in Red Lake. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please click here for a full listing of 2019 - 2020 Board Meetings.

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