Highlights from the Board Room – June 9

Board Meeting   |  Tuesday, June 9, 2020


G7 Student Senate 

G7 Student Senate

Trustees were introduced to six of the seven 2019-2020 G7 Student Senate. Each member of this group is elected to represent their secondary school at a district level. The group is led by the student trustee. The upcoming 2020-2021 school year will be the first year where Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) will have two student trustees. Kaylee Kelly from Huntsville High School will remain for a second year, and Ryder Lytle from Fenelon Falls Secondary School will begin his first of a two year term.

Administrative reports

TLDSB Climate Change Action Plan

Climate Change

Each year the G7 Student Senate determines priority areas that are of interest and importance to students. The 2019-2020 G7 Student Senate focused on developing the TLDSB Climate Change Action Plan as a main priority for this year. 

Six members of the G7 Student Senate shared their concern about how climate change is rapidly impacting communities around the world. Food security, mental health, transportation, energy, resource availability, and economic sustainability are all at risk if changes are not made to limit the impact of climate change. The group has developed the Climate Change Action Plan because they believe TLDSB has the opportunity to set the standard and take proactive action to ensure that all school communities comply with international climate agreements and promote a sustainable environmental education model. 

The students took turns sharing with Trustees each of the 10 phases in the plan including: 

Education and Commitment; Mental Health and Student Advocacy; Technology Considerations; Waste Management; Energy Connections; Food Resilience; Resource Management; Carbon-Conscious Transportation; Creation of Eco-spaces; and Evaluation.

The intention is for the TLDSB Climate Change Action Plan to be an ongoing working document providing actions for schools and the school board that are implemented, reviewed, and revised annually. 

The final document will be posted on the Board website and shared internally with staff. It will be ready for implementation in the next school year. 

Summer Learning Plans 

Summer learning opportunities will continue to be offered to TLDSB students. The Ministry of Education has provided additional funding to assist with children who may have fallen behind during the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the Council of Directors of Education (CODE) Summer Learning funding continues to be available with additional funding to support a program focussing on Indigenous students. Approximately $400,000 additional funding will be available for these programs. This does not include funding the board will receive for traditional summer school offerings, which typically include online secondary school credits.

As schools remain closed, the majority of summer learning offerings will be online opportunities. Some programs are being tentatively scheduled for face-to-face delivery during the last two weeks of August, if approved by public health. The following summer learning programs are being offered:

July 2-31

  • Grade 9 to 12 Cooperative Education (paid placements) 
  • Grade 10 Careers and Civics
  • Grade 11 and Grade 12 College and University English

July 2 to August 8

  • Mental health supports for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students currently receiving SSAC support.

July 6 to August 14

  • Milo@Home for Kindergarten to Grade 12 special needs students.

August 10-28

  • Grade 3 to 5 Literacy Boost
  • Grade 2 to 5 French Immersion Oral Language and Listening

August 17-28 (if approved by public health)

  • First and second year Kindergarten Welcome to Kindergarten/School’s Cool
  • Grade 3 to grade 12 Psychoeducational assessments
  • Summer transition program for system classes 
    • Elementary grades Academics Independence and Mental Fitness and Practical Academics and Life Skills Program
    • Secondary grades Practical Academics and Life Skills Program
  • Kindergarten to grade 12 school based proposals for summer transition program

Programs offerings will be dependent on the interest of families and enrolment of students to participate.

Draft Budget 

There was no draft budget report for Trustees. School Board Administration is waiting for information about the Grants for Student Needs (GSNs) from the government to be able to complete the budgeting process. It is understood and accepted that funding information is delayed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation. The expectation is that once GSN information is shared, a balanced budget will need to be submitted to the Ministry by mid-August.

TLDSB Learning@Home Update

TLDSB has been turning attention to the end of the year to bring closure for staff and students. Families have been allowed into schools to collect belongings and staff are also engaged in work relating to graduations. Schools are doing everything they can to honour graduates in the best way they can. School staff are engaged in developing final report cards and will be making arrangements for report cards to be sent home electronically. 

The biggest challenge right now is planning for school in September, as we do not know what this will look like. A team of administrators is planning for a number of possible scenarios for school reentry in September. One of the Board’s superintendents is working with a provincial group on this and is sharing information back with TLDSB. It is not likely that teaching and learning will be business as usual at the start of school in September, so it is very important that a plan is in place. All planning will be responsive to the needs of school communities within the confines of public health requirements.

Appointments and Celebrations

Administrative changes

The following administrative changes were shared with trustees:

  • Appointment effective July 1
    • Steven Roffe, Chief Technology Services Manager
  • Retirements effective June 30
    • Andrea Borsyiuk, Principal at JD Hodgson Elementary School
    • Norah Morrison, Principal at Watt Public School 
  • Placements effective September 1
    • Jeremy Cadeau-Mark – Principal at the Virtual Learning Centre 
    • David Waito – Principal at JD Hodgson Elementary School
    • Jennifer Mills – Vice Principal at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School
    • Cathy Welch – Vice Principal at Mariposa Elementary School

2020 Board and Committee of the Whole meeting schedule

Meeting Date Time Location
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 the 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.


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