14 Feb. 2018
KPDSB and Windigo First Nations Council Sign Memorandum of Understanding
Media Release - November 29, 2018
WINNIPEG, MB: Windigo First Nations Council (WFNC) and the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board (KPDSB) are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance educational services and opportunities for students and staff. The agreement was signed today in Winnipeg, Manitoba during the WFNC Chiefs’ Meeting.
The MOU is intended to establish a forum for the WFNC and KPDSB to work collaboratively to help design and promote strategies to equip First Nation students with the social, emotional and academic educational opportunities required to be successful in reaching their personal and educational goals, and in attaining achievement levels comparable to the general student population in Ontario.
Priority areas in the MOU include:
- Student Support Services - Including student safety, social and emotional mental health, student transition and orientation programs, early exposure to career planning, parental empowerment initiatives, support mechanisms for students living away from home, student retention strategies, access and ongoing participation in extra-curricular activities, the development of a First Nation student anti-addiction education program, and other student support services as needed.
- Independent Education Plans (IEP) - Support in the form of strategies and professional mentorship will be provided to identify special needs students and to develop IEPs for such students. First Nation education will be supported with access to required student supports and programs, including access to professional development on all aspects of IEP evaluation and implementation.
- Curriculum - Development of curriculum modules and implementation strategies to enhance the inclusion and integration of First Nation history, culture, perspectives and language for all students in both First Nation and provincially operated schools.
- Professional Development - Strategies to reciprocate support of staff learning in meeting the holistic learning needs of First Nation students. Development of strategies to facilitate cross-cultural training and professional development for educators in the provincial education system.
- Communication - Identification of mechanisms to improve communication between provincially funded schools within the Ontario public education context, and First Nation schools.
- Human Resources - Activities to support the effectiveness of education and support staff in both the First Nation and provincially operated systems to help ensure that staff have the skills and training to meet the needs of First Nations in both education systems. Explore options to facilitate increasing the number of First Nation staff, including the participation of elders, in KPDSB schools. Develop and implement retention programs for administrators, teachers and support staff to improve staff relations and continuance of programming.
- Professional Mentoring - Engage in professional mentoring programs between First Nations and the KPDSB for best practices.
- Specialized Supports - Access to specialists, including but not limited to speech and language development, support staff, and literacy/numeracy specialists.
- Parental Participation - Strategies to facilitate improved First Nation parental communication, empowerment and involvement throughout their children’s academic years in all educational systems on and off their traditional territory.
Frank McKay, WFNC Chief Executive Officer and Council Chair, stated “Today we are pleased to sign on behalf of the Windigo First Nations Communities and above all our students. We envision going forward with the issues outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding, it can only benefit our students, not only academically, but also emotionally and socially with the necessary supports that will ensure their success. We are pleased that we will be working in partnership with the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board to ensure the success of all WFNC students”.
Sean Monteith, KPDSB Director of Education, added “After almost three years of meetings and negotiations, the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board has proudly signed the official Memorandum of Understanding with Windigo First Nations Council. Both Windigo and the KPDSB ensured Indigenous and Northern children were at the center of every conversation and decision throughout the creation of this agreement. The centrepiece of this agreement assures all of the Windigo communities that the KPDSB will share its expertise, learning and capacity-building so that the Windigo Education Authority may in a shorter period of time, be a stand-alone education authority. Keewatin-Patricia will now proudly add Windigo to its successful Indigenous partnerships that will improve the lives of children.”
Photo caption (left to right): Henry Wall (Kenora District Services Board CAO), Frank McKay (WFNC Chief Executive Officer and Council Chair) and Sean Monteith, KPDSB Director of Education).
KPDSB elects new Chair and Vice-Chair, Trustee appointments announced
Media Release - December 5, 2018
Trustees of the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board met at Dryden High School on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, for the Inaugural Board Meeting.
The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board swore in it’s new Board of Trustees, welcoming four new members for the 2018-2022 term. The list of Trustees and the areas they represent are below.
- Cecile Marcino, Chair
- Dave Cornish
- Jennifer Kitowski
Ear Falls Area
- Gerald Kleist, Vice-Chair
- Barb Gauthier
- Roger Griffiths
Sioux Lookout Area
- Darrin Head
Red Lake Area
- Marilyn Duncalfe
Ignace and Sturgeon Lake Areas
- Bob O’Donohue
Pickle Lake, Savant Lake and Upsala Areas
- Michelle Guitard
Individual on the Board to Represent the Interests of Indigenous Students
- Eric Bortlis
The Board of Trustees elected Cecile Marcino from the Kenora area as Chair of the Board for a one-year term following 18 years serving as Vice-Chair. Trustees Dave Cornish, Barb Gauthier and Gerald Kleist all received nominations for the position of Vice-Chair with Trustee Gerald Kleist ultimately being elected as Vice-Chair for a one-year term. Kleist has served as a Trustee for the Ear Falls area for 18 years.
The following Trustee appointments were made:
- Trustee Barb Gauthier was appointed to the Executive Committee for the period of December 4, 2018, to April 12, 2019, and Trustee Bob O’Donohue was appointed to the Executive Committee for the period of April 22, 2019, to November 30, 2019.
- Trustees Roger Griffiths, Marilyn Duncalfe and Michelle Guitard were appointed to the Audit and Finance Committees for a one-year term.
- Trustees Eric Bortlis, Dave Cornish and Gerald Kleist were appointed to the Indigenous Education Advisory Committee (IEAC) for a one-year term.
- Trustees Eric Bortlis, Dave Cornish and Darrin Head were appointed to the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) for a one-year term.
- Trustees Barb Gauthier and Marilyn Duncalfe were appointed to the Early Years Advisory Committee (EYAC) for a one-year term.
- Trustees Darrin Head and Michelle Guitard were appointed to the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) for a one-year term.
- Trustee Jennifer Kitowski was appointed to the Transportation Policy Committee for a one-year term.
- Trustee Jennifer Kitowski was appointed to the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Board of Directors.
Cecile Marcino, Chair of the Board, stated “Thank you to my fellow Trustees for the opportunity to be your Chair and I look forward to the upcoming years with this Board. I know that any challenges we face, we will face together as a team. As a long-standing Trustee with the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, I am very proud of the work of our staff and students and know that we will all continue to put our students and their needs first.”
KPDSB media release
KPDSB issues media release regarding the Valleyview capital project.
Good evening everyone. Here are the winners from this evening's Christmas raffle draw. Thank you to everyone for supporting student activities at Valleyview!
Keep the Kids Busy #1 - Katlyn Bray
Sports #1 - Kelly Tait
Family Game Night #1 - Shawna Tait
Outdoor Fun #1 - C. Fagnilli
Christmas #1 - Wayne & Deanna Dokuchie
Arts & Crafts #1 - Ihor Kortchevich
Night by the Fire #1 - Troy L'Hirondelle
$500.00 cash #1 - Kelly Tait
Keep the Kids Busy #2 - Debra Groves
Sports #2 - Michelle Grafham
Family Game Night #2 - April Medwechuk
Outdoor Fun #2 - Jen Sinclair
Christmas #2 - Dave Hales
Arts & Crafts #2 - April Preisentanz
Night by the Fire #2 - Rob Perchuk
$500.00 cash #2 - Ann Smyth
Board of Trustees Appropriate $4 Million Dollars for Valleyview Public School Capital Project
Media Release - February 13, 2018
At the regular February Board Meeting of the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, Trustees took the proactive step of approving the appropriation of $4 million dollars towards the Valleyview Public School Capital Project. The Board recognizes that the next step in this critical work is with the Ministry of Education.
The rebuilding and replacement of Valleyview Public School in Kenora is the number one major capital project for the KPDSB, and in recent years, has gained increasing attention and urgency as enrolment at the school continues to grow. Enrolment at Valleyview Public School has doubled in the last five years (2013-2018), with increases both in English and French Immersion programming. The school is home to the largest primary cohort of students across the entire KPDSB.
The funds have now been appropriated for the Valleyview Public School Capital Project and are an indication of the Board’s commitment to both the Ministry of Education and the Valleyview Public School Community.
Estimated costs for the replacement of Valleyview Public School is $16 million.
Sean Monteith, Director of Education, stated “Valleyview Public School is the number one, and officially the only, major capital project that remains for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board. By allocating the largest investment in our history, from reserves, for the purposes of a new elementary school, the Board has demonstrated an investment to the Valleyview Public School Community. The parents, staff, and especially the students of Valleyview deserve nothing but the best; and that is exactly what we are determined to give them.”
Dave Penney, Chair of the Board, added “We are confident that our Ministry of Education partners will continue to support and demonstrate their belief in the Valleyview Public School Community by enhancing the commitment that the KPDSB Trustees have responsibly made here tonight.”