School board to vote on teacher agreements

The Rainy River District School Board will vote on two tentative agreements reached last month with its teachers at its regular monthly meeting here tonight.
The board announced it had reached a tentative four-year settlement with its secondary teachers on May 17, and reached a similar agreement with its elementary teachers the following day.
Local members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Association voted 84 percent in favour of the agreement on May 28 while 100 percent of the local members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario voted in favour of their settlement last Thursday (June 2).
If the board decides to ratify them, both officially will become the new collective agreements.
The settlements being voted on tonight would be retroactive to Aug. 31, 2004.
Further details about the agreements will be released only after they have been ratified.
The board will hold an in-camera session at the beginning of tonight’s meeting prior to the vote.
Also tonight, the board will honour staff and students for their efforts in various events during its monthly “Recognition of Excellence.”
Simeon Firth of Sturgeon Creek Alternative School, who won the Rainy River District Speech Contest back in April, will deliver his speech entitled “Bats.”
The board also will recognize the staff and students at Crossroads School in Devlin for their efforts in the “Lion’s Quest” program, which is designed to teach students about healthy life choices and good citizenship.
Crossroads teachers began the professional development for the program in 2003-04 while implementation of the program in Kindergarten through Grade 8 began there last September.
As well, the board will recognize the talents of students who participated in the 2005 Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts.
Other items on tonight’s agenda include:
•a presentation on the recent Young Women’s Conference;
•a presentation on the most recent results from the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test; and
•a report on the various school maintenance projects planned for this summer.
The meeting, which gets underway at 7 p.m. at Robert Moore School, will be the last before the summer break.
The board will resume its monthly meetings Sept. 6.