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Highlights from December 12th UCDSB Board of Trustees Meeting

by | Dec 18, 2018 | Local News | 0 comments

Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, December 12 to discuss several agenda items.

Superintendent Tim Mills Recognized: Trustees honoured Superintendent Tim Mills for a 26-year career in education with the UCDSB and its predecessor districts. Mills is the superintendent for the Brockville and Cornwall Family of Schools, as well as two schools in the Tagwi Family of Schools. He will retire at the end of January 2019.

Trustee David McDonald, a friend and colleague of Mills, praised him for his leadership, his mentorship, his caring attitude and his community involvement as an educator and administrator.

Mills thanked Trustees for the good wishes, as well as the teachers, support staff, and school administrators who supported him throughout his career.

Special Education Advisory Committee Appointments Ratified: Trustees appointed eight new members to the Special Education Advisory Committee for the coming term. Agency representatives appointed to the committee are: Kevin Brisson, Autism Ontario; Jane Holski, Community Living North Grenville; MacArthur Millen, Parents for Children’s Mental Health, Brockville Chapter; Debbie Terrance, First Nations Representative; and Kimberley Wright, Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement. Members-at-large appointed to the committee are Michel LaBonte, Anne Presley, and Deborah Wood. The committee provides advice to the Board on Special Education programs and services, the UCDSB Special Education Plan, the Special Education budget, and any other matters affecting Special Education.

December 2018 Capital Update to the Board: Superintendent Jeremy Hobbs updated trustees on the work of the design and construction group, capital projects from 2018, and the capital budget going forward. Hobbs said the group has overseen more than $130 million in capital improvements to board properties since the 2012-2013 school year. This figure does not include new school construction, which comprises approximately $45 million over that period. Hobbs said the group plans and monitors its projects extensively to ensure capital dollars are used efficiently, resulting in projects that are on time and on budget. Capital projects completed in 2018 ranged from installing new school entranceways to roof replacements, and included: Laggan Public School renovations, $1.5 million; South Edwardsburg Public School renovations, $1.8 million; Sweet’s Corners Elementary School roof replacement, $978,000; Rockland District High School renovations, $2.4 million; South Crosby Public School Memorial Shade Structure, $22,000, and Pineview Public School improvements, $175,000.

Hobbs said the combined capital budget available for all capital projects in 2018-2019 is approximately $135 million. Projects range from school renewal projects to plans for new schools such as the $15.9 million set aside for a new Brockville Public School (including daycare facilities and land purchase). Not all money will be spent in the next year due to time restraints, but the Ministry of Education allows the Board to carry over this capital funding into future years.

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