When the Ministry of Education first announced they were doing community consultations across the province, I hadn’t realized how much our school board would benefit from the exercise. Of course, we are doing all we can to ensure that TLDSB is providing as many opportunities as possible for consultation with our stakeholders.  So far we have received feedback from our school councils, had a discussion at our district level Parent Involvement Committee, considered the ministry’s questions at a number of staff professional development events, and had our first community consultation in Haliburton.

What has been extremely rewarding are the conversations that are taking place at each of these opportunities. As we gather to consider what advice to give to the province, those who are connected to our school board alongside many who are not so closely tied, are engaging in discussions that are challenging, interesting, and encouraging. We plan to keep a copy of all of the information recorded during these discussions – we will be able to review the many, many responses received for careful consideration as we in Trillium Lakelands District School Board make our plans for the future. I know it will be useful to the province as they build the next phase in Ontario’s education strategy but I am very grateful for this opportunity to hear what our own people have to say.

There are two more opportunities coming up over the next two weeks for community members to participate. I invite you to encourage moms and dads, community members, and others to join me on Wednesday, October 30th at the Muskoka Education Centre or on Wednesday, November 6th at the Lindsay Education Centre. Go to our website www.tldsb.ca to register and for more information.

Larry Hope
Director of Education