Process to name new Mine Centre School underway


With construction of the new Mine Centre School getting underway, the Rainy River District School Board will be looking to approve the establishment of an ad hoc school naming committee at tonight’s monthly meeting.
This ad hoc committee will be made up of the superintendent of education, board members, school council reps, community members, school staff, and students.
Once created, it will be looking to the community for name suggestions for the new school.
The committee will provide the board with a recommendation for the school’s name prior to next June.
Also on the agenda for tonight’s meeting, which gets underway at 7 p.m. at Rainy River High School, is business arising from the minutes of last month’s meeting—a letter from board chair Dan Belluz urging the Ministry of Education to review and correct information on the province’s “School Information Finder” website.
Mistakes listed at this website—brought to the board’s attention by Atikokan resident Mike McKinnon—include listing the percentage of students whose parents have some university education at zero percent for the various schools within the Atikokan community.
“The impact of this misleading information can have far-reaching implications for not only the public schools within the Town of Atikokan and throughout the district, but also on the economic development of the district’s municipalities, specifically in the attraction of professionals, such as health care professionals, to the smaller communities within Northwestern Ontario,” Belluz wrote.
Also tonight, trustees will be given an update on the implementation of the early-learning program given the first full-day Junior Kindergarten classes have been piloting at North Star Community School in Atikokan.
There currently are 23 students enrolled in the program at North Star, which began this fall along with other sites across the province.
While the Early Learning Program is designed to include both before and after school programs, this has not been implemented at North Star School.
Robert Moore will be the next local school to implement the program, starting in the 2011-12 school year.
Meanwhile, a presentation will be made to the board on the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) results for Grade 3, 6, and 9 students, as well as Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test results.
Finally, this month’s recognition of excellence will be presented to McCrosson-Tovell School for “community and school partnerships.”