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Local Government Week - October 18-22

18 Oct. 2021

Media Release - October 18, 2021

October 18-22 is Local Government Week.  The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, along with the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), are working to raise civic awareness by observing Local Government Week.

School board trustees are the oldest form of elected representation in Ontario.  Since 1807, generations of community-minded citizens have made decisions on behalf of local, publicly funded schools, building the foundation of our system today.  The board of trustees sets the vision, develops policies, allocates resources, and sets the goals that lay the foundation driving programs and operations in the board.  Collectively, they create the multi-year strategic plan for student achievement and well-being and recruit and monitor the performance of the Director of Education to ensure their progress in meeting the goals of the board.

Sherri-Lynne Pharand, Director of Education, stated “Trustees play a key leadership role in ensuring that schools provide a high standard of education and that the programs and services school boards provide remain responsive to the communities they serve. Here at the KPDSB, we are incredibly thankful to our Board of Trustees for their passion for education and dedication to ensuring our students always come first.”

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board of Trustees:

  • Cecile Marcino, Chair of the Board (Kenora/Sioux Narrows)
  • Roger Griffiths, Vice-Chair of the Board (Machin)
  • Eric Bortlis, Trustee to Represent the Interests of Indigenous Students
  • Dave Cornish, Trustee (Kenora/Sioux Narrows)
  • Marilyn Duncalfe, Trustee ( Red Lake)
  • Barb Gauthier, Trustee (Dryden)
  • Michelle Guitard, Trustee (Pickle Lake, Savant Lake and Upsala)
  • Darrin Head, Trustee (Sioux Lookout)
  • Jennifer Kitowski, Trustee (Kenora/Sioux Narrows)
  • Gerald Kleist, Trustee (Ear Falls)
  • Robert O’Donohue, Trustee (Ignace)
  • Mason Gallagher, Student Trustee (Red Lake District High School)
  • Mackenzie Shakakeesic, Indigenous Student Trustee (Sioux North High School in Sioux Lookout)

Fast Facts about Trustees

There are different kinds of trustees:

  • Trustees elected every four years during municipal and school board elections, including more than 320 publicly elected trustees representing 31 public English school boards and three school authorities across Ontario.
  • Indigenous Trustees appointed to the board by First Nations communities.  More than half of Ontario’s English public English school boards have Indigenous Trustees.  Trustee Eric Bortlis currently holds this important position at the KPSDB.  The KPDSB also has an Indigenous Student Trustee position on the Board.  Indigenous Student Trustee for the 2021-2022 school year is Mackenzie Shakakeesic from Sioux North High School in Sioux Lookout.
  • Student Trustees elected by the student body of the board. The Ontario Student Trustees' Association (OSTA-AECO) represents more than two million students.  Student Trustee for the 2021-2022 school year is Mason Gallagher from Red Lake District High School.
  • Hospital board/school authority trustees are appointed by the Minister of Education for a term of four years, on the same term cycle as publicly elected trustees.
  • Attend and participate in meetings of the board, including meetings of board committees
  • Consult with parents, students and supporters of the board on the board’s multi-year plan
  • Bring concerns of parents, students and supporters of the board to the attention of the board
  • Uphold the implementation of any board resolution after it is passed by the board
  • Entrust the day–to-day management of the board to its staff through the board’s director of education
  • Maintain focus on student achievement and well-being
  • Comply with the board’s code of conduct.

Trustee Role and Responsibilities

What are the Responsibilities of a School Board?

School boards – the elected board of trustees – are responsible for student achievement and well-being, for ensuring effective stewardship of the board’s resources and for delivering effective and appropriate education programs for their students.

The Education Act and its regulations set out the services that district school boards and school authorities must offer. The responsibilities of a school board include a key governance role with respect to:

  • operating schools according to provincial legislation
  • having a vision statement that reflects the board’s philosophy and local needs and priorities
  • setting the board’s budget within the provincial grants and accompanying regulations
  • implementing curriculum according to ministry curriculum policy
  • developing and delivering other programs that reflect provincial policies and local priorities
  • providing for the hiring of teachers and other staff required in their schools
  • maintaining school buildings and property with regard to student safety and in accordance with provincial legislation
  • monitoring the policies of the schools and the achievement of students and, through the director of education, holding the entire system accountable for meeting provincial and board standards.

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Valleyview Vacation Draw Lost Tickets April 24, 2019

24 Apr. 2019

The following Valleyview Vacation Draw raffle tickets were recorded as lost and not returned to be entered in this afternoon's draw. If you have purchased any of the following tickets, please return them to the school to be reimbursed.

 

0511-0520

0661-0670

1041-1050

1201-1210

1371-1380

1391-1400

1561-1570

1621-1630

1671-1680

1681-1690

1791-1800

2051-2060

2091-2100

2311-2320

3171-3180

3211-3220

4561-4562

 

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June Board Meeting Highlights - KPDSB Approves 2019-2024 Strategic Plan

12 Jun. 2019

Media Release - June 12, 2019

Trustees met at Red Lake District High School on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, for the last regular Board Meeting of the 2018-2019 school year. 

The June Kids Come First presentation titled ‘The Red Lake DHS Food and Nutrition Initiative’ was received by Trustees.  RLDHS teacher Darren Bausch, and students Connar Oster, Morgan Howell and Logan Ryczek, shared details of the initiative and how it has impacted them personally since it was implemented.  The goal of the initiative is to encourage students to know where their food comes from, as well as to provide healthy food options in the school and to model healthy eating for students. From student athletes who have noticed an improvement in their conditioning, to students and staff composting and growing their own healthy foods right at the school, the benefits to the school community as a whole are being celebrated. 

The 2019-2024 Strategic Plan was presented and approved by the Trustees, and concludes months of consultations and gathering of feedback from stakeholders. The new plan will guide the work of the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board for the next five years.  The plan includes a new vision statement; the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board puts students first by creating a culture of learning.  New goals or areas of focus include:

  • Student Achievement – Ensure the necessary resources are provided to all students to increase their individual achievement.
  • Safe and Supportive Schools – Ensure all students and staff have safe learning and working environments, where the academic and mental health needs of the child are met.
  • Innovative Practice – Demonstrate effective “Change Ready” leadership.
  • Reconciliation – Ensure all school and staff are actively engaged in responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

To view the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan in full, please click here.

Director of Education Sean Monteith presented the 2019 Employee Recognition Report.  Each June, The Board publically acknowledges all employees with 25 years of service and retirees for their achievement and contributions to education in the Northwest.  The 2018-2019 school year brought with it the retirement of 17 dedicated employees and another 11 were recognized for reaching the 25-year milestone. Combined, these employees have more than 700 years of service to public education.  The Board of Trustees acknowledge this incredible contribution and expressed gratitude for all they have done for children and youth throughout their careers.

The Sioux Lookout Capital Assets Report was presented to the Board. Trustees voted to direct Board Administration to approach the Ministry of Education to utilize $1 million in existing reserve funds to proceed with the demolition of the prohibitive to repair portion of Queen Elizabeth District High School in Sioux Lookout (students and staff moved into their new school, Sioux North High School, in March 2019).  The remaining portions of the building would be renovated and retrofitted in conjunction with Seven Generations Education Institute to offer post-secondary programming, including paraprofessional worker programs, Indigenous Nursing programs and Adult Education programs to support adults without a high school diploma. 

Under Business Arising from Committee of the Whole, Monteith presented the KPDSB Consolidation Report.  Recent government funding rollbacks amounting to approximately 4% of the overall annual Board operating budget have caused the administration and Trustees to look at all areas of spending for potential savings. The Board’s adopted stance to protect teaching positions and instructional services means that all operations needed review including the way the Board does business between the two offices, one in Dryden and the Head Office Kenora Board Office.  After careful consideration, a motion was put forward and approved unanimously by the Board of Trustees to consolidate the two Board Offices and relocate both offices to Keewatin Public School in Kenora for September 2022.  In total, the cost to operate both offices including lease and overall costs associated is in excess of $200,000 per year. In addition, the merging of the two offices into one location would allow for unprecedented job and portfolio consolidations, and in the process find significant savings at the central level. The end result of consolidating the Board Offices would be a mitigation of reductions in classrooms and school based positions at both elementary and secondary panel.

At present, Keewatin Public School is currently operating at approximately 50% capacity in terms of student occupancy and pupil places.  The elimination of the remaining 160 pupil places on the second floor of Keewatin Public School to accommodate the KPDSB Board Office supports the Board’s efforts to apply and secure funding for its only remaining major capital project priority: a replacement school for Valleyview Public School in Kenora.

Monteith stated “Tonight the Board of Trustees have made the decision to act on their commitment to the vision of the KPDSB, to put kids first. By approving a new Strategic Plan for the next five years and to make progressive decisions on capital and consolidation that protect classrooms, the Trustees of the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board have taken the hard course of action and not shied away from our challenges. In the end our staff, our schools and our students will be the better for it.”

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KPDSB updates Board Continuous Improvement Plan, Special Education Plan for 2019-2020 school year

14 Nov. 2019

Media Release - November 14, 2019

Trustees met on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, for a regular Board Meeting.

The November Kids Come First presentation titled ‘Legacy School Project’ was received by Trustees.  Crolancia Public School Principal Holly Szumowski, along with Crolancia students, shared their experiences to date as a Downie Wenjack Legacy School.  In November 2018, it was announced that Crolancia Public School in Pickle Lake would become the first Downie Wenjack Legacy School in the country (all KPDSB schools have since been registered as Legacy Schools).  The legacy school program is an opportunity for classrooms/schools to lead the movement in awareness of the history and impact of the Residential School System on Indigenous Peoples.  Legacy Schools are provided with a Secret Path Toolkit and educational support resources to engage students, staff and school communities as a catalyst for reconciliation in Canada.  Students and staff have accomplished many of their goals only a year after the announcement, including creating an outdoor learning area for everyone in the school.  Students worked together to build and install benches and a fire pit for the new space.  To learn more about Crolancia’s Downie Wenjack Legacy School journey, please click here to view a video created by the students.

Trustees welcomed Shannon Bailey to the position of Interim Superintendent of Education and Student Success.  Bailey was appointed to the position beginning November 12, 2019, following 21 years with the Board.  During that time, she has worked in both the elementary and secondary panels and has held positions as a special education teacher, intervention teacher, vice-principal and most recently, principal at Evergreen Public School in Kenora.  Areas of focus for Bailey include holding high expectations for students, providing equal opportunities, using strategies of self-regulation and incorporating Reconciliation in schools and classrooms across the Board. 

Bailey stated, “I am looking forward to being a part of the Senior Administration Team to support the incredible staff of the KPDSB who work tirelessly to support the academic and non-academic needs of the students in our schools.”

Caryl Hron, Interim Director of Education, Joan Kantola, Superintendent of Education, Shannon Bailey, Interim Superintendent of Education, and Richard Findlay, Superintendent of Business, presented the 2019-2020 Board Continuous Improvement Plan (BCIP).  The annual BCIP guides the work of the Board and focuses on four priority areas as set out by our 2019-2024 Strategic Plan:

  1. Student Achievement: Ensure the necessary resources are provided to all students to increase their individual achievement.

  2. Safe and Supportive Schools: Ensure all students have safe learning and working environments, where the academic and mental health needs of the child are met.

  3. Innovative Practice: Demonstrate effective change-ready leadership.

  4. Reconciliation: Ensure all schools and staff are actively engaged in responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

 Joan Kantola and Terri Forster, Regional Teacher Diagnostician and Special Education Leader, presented the 2019-2020 Special Education Plan.  The plan guides the work of schools and the Board in terms of supporting and enhancing special education services.  Areas of focus include providing programs and services in the student’s home school wherever possible (including appropriate accommodations and modifications), promoting a focus on inclusive practices in schools and respect for differences and diversity, providing a range of placement options for students, and collaboration with curriculum central support staff to ensure support for the development of quality programs and provision of services for all students.  For more information, please click here to view the 2019-2020 Special Education Plan or click here for the Parents’ Guide to Special Education.

Richard Findlay presented the 2019-2020 Enrolment Report.  Overall, enrolment at the KPDSB continues to be stable.  As of October 31, 2019, a total of 2,935 elementary students were enrolled in KPDSB schools, 72 more students than one year ago and 75 students above budget projections for the 2019-2020 school year.  For secondary, a total of 1,893 students were enrolled at a KPDSB secondary school on October 31, 2019, 75 fewer students than October 2018 and 35 students lower than budget projections.

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KPDSB announces resignation of Director of Education

15 Jul. 2019

Media Release - July 15, 2019

Trustees of the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board have accepted the resignation of Sean Monteith, Director of Education, effective August 15, 2019.

Monteith, who has been with the Board for 25 years in a variety of roles, including elementary and secondary teacher, vice-principal and principal, Superintendent of Education and for the past six years, as Director of Education, has accepted the position of Director of Education with the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. 

Under Monteith’s leadership, the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board has gone through significant organizational restructuring resulting in a flattened organization, and a succession strategy that has positioned the work of the Board centrally around students. Over the last six years, the Board has established numerous agreements and partnerships with agencies and First Nations, particularly Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) and Lac Seul First Nation, established the provincially recognized Four Directions Graduation Coach Program and Rapid Response Northern Support Team, seconded staff to various First Nation schools, and created the province’s first-ever Hockey Canada Skills Academy programs. Indigenous students are now graduating on par with non-Indigenous students in the KPDSB, and the Boards’ vision of “Kids First” has become the standard for all schools and staff. The KPDSB also recently completed its biggest capital project, the construction of Sioux North High School in Sioux Lookout, after six years of work.

Monteith stated, “Many emotions and thoughts are going through my head tonight, with so many years and work behind us; I am grateful to the staff, students, communities and trustees. I am excited to begin a new chapter of hard work and effort in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, but without question, saying goodbye is very bittersweet. I think the best way to sign off is to say to everyone in the KPDSB…thank you.”

Upon accepting Monteith’s resignation, Chair of the Board, Cecile Marcino stated, “It is with regret that we say goodbye to Sean Monteith as our Director of Education.  He has worked tirelessly to advocate not only for our students and staff, but education in the Northwest as a whole.  Many of the achievements of our Board under his leadership will undoubtedly change lives, and we are proud of the organization we are today.  We wish to thank him for his leadership and dedication to our schools; he will be greatly missed. We wish him all the best in future.”

Trustees will begin their work to replace Monteith this fall.  Current Superintendent of Education, Caryl Hron, will step into the role of interim Director of Education effective August 15, 2019, and will remain in the position until a new Director of Education is officially appointed.  Hron has been with the Board for 30 years and has been Superintendent of Education since 2010.

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