District teacher saluted

Press Release

The Northwest Catholic District School Board trustees, at their last meeting, recognized Our Lady of the Way School teacher Lisa Latimer for the work she has been doing with her students using “Learning Goals and Success Criteria.”
“Lisa has many excellent attributes she brings to the school community,” said OLW principal Darlene Fejos Rousseau.
“The board is blessed to have such high-calibre teachers willing to sharing their knowledge and expertise to enlighten trustees,” noted board chair Anne-Marie Fitzgerald.
Also at their last meeting, trustees met with the transportation committee of the Rainy River District School Board to establish a transportation consortium to administer the transportation services of both boards.
Trustees Harold Huntley, Mark Chojko-Bolec, and Theresa Larson represent the interests of the Northwest Catholic District School Board.
Huntley also was elected as the co-chair of this new co-operative venture.
As well, the board reviewed Bill 13, Accepting Schools Act, which is proposed legislation to ensure schools continue to be safe places for all students.
“The goal is to increase attention to anti-bullying and measures for discipline that gives the schools greater latitude to keep making our schools safer,” said Superintendent of Education Al Cesiunas.
“Our recent community survey indicated that parents gave our schools an extremely positive rating for a safe and caring school climate,” noted Director of Education Mary-Catherine Kelly.
Meanwhile, the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Service produced the Drummond Report, which identified sweeping reform measures aimed at increasing efficiencies with the broader public service.
The recommendations to the provincial government are being used to set the direction for cost-cutting measures, and the current government will determine which items they will act on in the 2012 budget.
“The budget [was] released [March 27] and school boards will determine their budgets and staffing complements once the grants are tabulated,” Kelly noted.
“It is clear that the government intends for boards to carry forward with the full-day junior and senior kindergarten program,” said Cesiunas.
Schools continue to accept registrations, so families who wish to send their child to junior or senior kindergarten this fall are encouraged to consider registering him or her soon.
Trustees also reviewed and modified the Executive Limitations Governance Polices at its regular meeting.
Kelly noted that updated policies can be found on the board’s website, as well as board reports.