• Dave Rice

Highlights from the Board Room – January 29

Board Meeting   | Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Presentations

Elders in Residence – Truth and Reconciliation

Superintendent Dave Golden, responsible for Indigenous Education in Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB), introduced Indigenous Education Consultant Holly Groome and Elder Dave Rice. The new guidelines for smudging in TLDSB schools were shared with trustees. Trustees, senior administration, other staff present, and members of the public gallery were invited to participate in a smudge. The guideline was developed by the TLDSB Indigenous Education Advisory Committee in partnership with several Indigenous community partners.  

Elder Rice, who is from the Ojibwe and Potawatomi nations, provided what he called a “readers digest version” presentation, which included a welcome in Ojibwe and a smudge, explaining the importance of peace and kindness in the world. Rice shared how reconciliation begins with truth and how smudging encourages us to connect to spirit and to each other. Learning about and from each other is important so that we can all work together in harmonious relationships. 

The focus for Indigenous education in the board is continuing education on the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. The newly established Elders in Residence Program brings Indigenous Elders and community partners into schools to build meaningful relationships.

Administrative reports

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program Review

Superintendent of Learning Katherine MacIver shared with trustees information from a recent review of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program offered at IE Weldon Secondary School     (IEWSS) in Lindsay. The review of several current programs are taking place in an effort to increase efficiency, provide equitable programming, and remain within budget allocations. 

Students entering Grade 9 at IEWSS can choose to take a “Power Pack” program in Grade 9 and 10, which prepares students to participate in the IB program for Grades 11 and 12. The IB certificate is recognized by universities around the world and can replace some university credits. However, many of the expenditures for the IB program are not funded and the costs to the school board need to be reduced.  

Several options have been explored and will be implemented for the 2020-2021 school year to see if costs can be brought in line with current budget limitations. Currently IB classes have a much smaller student to teacher ratio. By splitting some classes and eliminating pathways programming in the IB program, classes will be staffed similarly to other university level secondary school courses. TLDSB pays fees to the International Baccalaureate Organization for mandatory training expenses and to be registered as an authorized IB program provider.

Currently students in the program pay between $500 to $1,500 for Grade 11 and 12, depending on the number of IB courses they choose to take. There are also IB exam fees. As part of the cost recovery program being implemented by the board, the fees will increase by $350 per year per student per year for Grades 11 and 12, making the total cost to participate in the IB program between $750 and $2200. Other school districts in the province are also reviewing IB programs during this difficult budget time. Costs to students by other school boards can be as high as $4,800 per student for participating in IB programs. 

With the proposed adjustments in place for the 2020-2021 school year, TLDSB will be able to continue to offer the IB program to students at IEWSS. The IB program at IEWSS will be reassessed in the spring of 2021.

Labour update

As part of the regular administrative update to the board, Director of Education Larry Hope shared information about the current labour situation in the province. Both the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) are in the midst of job action in school boards throughout Ontario. 

In TLDSB, elementary teachers and Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECE) staff will hold one day strikes next week on February 3 and February 6. And, unless an agreement is reached with the government, starting Monday, elementary teachers will no longer participate in any extracurricular activities. Elementary students will not receive term one report cards, however teachers will be providing marks and Individual Education Planning (IEP) updates to principals. Parents may contact teachers for an update on their child’s progress.

OSSTF have imposed the cancellation of “on-calls” for secondary teachers. An on-call is the regular practice of one teacher covering for another teacher’s absence. Teachers cover a specific number of classes (on-calls) each year as part of their collective agreement. On-calls are used to cover for extracurriculars scheduling during part of a school day. The board cannot tell how many teachers are going to be sick or away on a particular day so supply teachers must be reserved for days when teachers are sick. Currently, available supply teachers are needed most days and extracurricular activities that take place during the day have had to be cancelled.

Secondary occasional teachers are added to the supply list on a continual basis where possible. However, due to contractual obligations to OSSTF, TLDSB is limited in the number of occasional teachers permitted to be added to the supply list. When occasional teacher lists become depleted, the board attempts to replenish as quickly as possible. 

2020 Board and Committee of the Whole meetings schedule

Trustees approved the meeting dates for the upcoming calendar year.

Meeting Date Time Location
Committee of the Whole  February 11, 2020 6:30 p.m. Muskoka Education Centre, Bracebridge
Regular Board Meeting February 25, 2020 6:30 p.m. Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay
Regular Board Meeting March 31, 2020 6:30 p.m. Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay
Committee of the Whole  April 14, 2020 6:30 p.m. Haliburton County Education Centre, Minden
Regular Board Meeting April 28, 2020 6:30 p.m. Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay
Committee of the Whole  May 12, 2020 6:30 p.m. Muskoka Education Centre, Bracebridge
Regular Board Meeting May 26, 2020 6:30 p.m. Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay
Committee of the Whole  June 9, 2020 6:30 p.m. Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay
Regular Board Meeting August 25, 2020 6:30 p.m. Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay
Committee of the Whole  September 8, 2020 6:30 p.m. Haliburton County Education Centre, Minden
Regular Board Meeting September 22, 2020 6:30 p.m. Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay
Committee of the Whole  October 13, 2020 6:30 p.m. Muskoka Education Centre, Bracebridge
Regular Board Meeting October 27, 2020 6:30 p.m. Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay
Committee of the Whole  November 10, 2020 6:30 p.m. Haliburton County Education Centre, Minden
Regular Board Meeting November 24, 2020 6:30 p.m. Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay
Organizational Meeting December 8, 2020 6:30 p.m. Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay

 

Video access to Committee of the Whole and Regular Meetings of the Board is available to the public at all TLDSB education centres. Please provide 24 hours notice to attend by emailing info@tldsb.ca or calling 1-888-526-5552. All Regular Meetings of the Board are webcast and may be accessed through the TLDSB website www.tldsb.ca.

 

For more information contact Catherine Shedden, District Manager of Corporate Communications by phone at 1-888-526-5552 extension 22118, or by email at Catherine.Shedden@tldsb.on.ca.

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