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KPDSB Chair and Vice-Chair acclaimed, Trustee appointments announced at December Board meeting

09 Dec. 2015

Media Release - December 9, 2015

Trustees of the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board met at Dryden High School on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, for the inaugural board meeting of the 2016 calendar year.

The Board of Trustees committed to stability and direction by acclaiming Trustee Dave Penney as Chair and Trustee Cecile Marcino as Vice-Chair.

Penney stated “Thank you to my fellow Trustees, we know what lies ahead of us and I look forward to working together in the best interests of all of our students.”

The following Trustee appointments were made:

  • Trustees Gerald Kleist, George Seaton and Roger Griffiths were appointed to the Audit and Finance Committees for a one year term.
  • Trustees Dave Wilkinson and Jennifer Manitowabi were appointed to the Native Education Advisory Council (NEAC) for a one year term. 
  • Trustee Gerald Kleist was appointed to the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) Board of Directors.
  • Trustee Cecile Marcino was appointed as the alternate to the OPSBA Board of Directors.
  • Trustee Jennifer Kitowski was appointed as the OPSBA voting delegate.
  • Trustee Cecile Marcino was appointed as the OPSBA voting delegate alternate for the General Meeting.
  • Trustees Lesley Barnes and Michelle Ott were appointed to the Parent Involvement Committee for a one year term.
  • Trustees Roger Griffiths and David Wilkinson were appointed to the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) for a one year term. 
  • Trustee Jennifer Kitowski was appointed to the Transportation Policy Committee.

The December “Students Come First” presentation titled ‘Dryden High School Christmas Band’ was received by Trustees.  Ryan Graham, music teacher and acting Vice-Principal at DHS, along with five senior members of the DHS Christmas Band, shared their experiences in the music program at DHS.  Trustees heard from students about how the program teaches them much more than just music.  Time management, collaboration with others, responsibility and mentorship were all life skills the students said they have developed through the program.  The students also played several songs for the Board of Trustees and had everyone in attendance in the Christmas spirit.  Graham summed up how he feels about his students “These students are all stars”.  The feeling is mutual as when asked to sum up the music program at DHS in one word, responses ranged from ‘awesome’ to ‘family’.  DHS music program students are putting on a Christmas show tonight in Dryden titled ‘A Flashback Christmas’ and everyone is invited to attend.

Kathleen O’Flaherty, Assistant Superintendent of Business, presented the 2014-2015 Financial Statements for the KPDSB.  O’Flaherty informed Trustees that the Board is financially stable and is compliant with the Ministry of Education’s funding envelope.

Trustees also voted unanimously to ratify recently reached tentative settlements with both CUPE Local 1939, and the Office, Clerical, Library Bargaining Unit of the Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation of Ontario, District 5A.

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KPDSB and OSSTF OCL staff reach tentative settlement

02 Dec. 2015

Media Release - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board (KPDSB) and the Office, Clerical, Library Bargaining Unit of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation of Ontario, District 5A, have reached a tentative settlement within the Local Bargaining Framework.

Details of the tentative settlement remain confidential until ratification by the Local as well as the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board.

Both parties are pleased with the work done locally to achieve this settlement and look forward to implementation of the new terms and conditions for our Office, Clerical and Library Support Staff.

For more information, please contact Sean Monteith, KPDSB Director of Education at (807) 468-5571 or Cindy Hayward, President, OSSTF at (807) 727 0988.

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KPDSB partners with Eye See...Eye Learn to support our youngest learners

30 Nov. 2015

Media Release - November 30, 2015

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board has partnered with the Eye See…Eye Learn to support families of children who may have vision problems.

Eye See…Eye Learn is a not-for-profit program designed to detect, diagnose and treat children with vision problems when they begin Junior Kindergarten, so that every child can see and learn to the best of his/her ability.  Local Doctors of Optometry provide OHIP-insured eye exams for Junior Kindergarten students, and if prescribed, the child receives a free pair of eyeglasses donated by the program’s eyewear partners.  Funded in part by the Government of Ontario, the Eye See…Eye Learn program is helping Kindergarten students across Ontario at no cost to families.

Within the KPDSB area, there are six optometrists participating in the Eye See…Eye Learn program that families can make appointments with (listed below by area). Families can also go to www.eyeseeeyelearn.ca and click on Find an Optometrist.

  • Dryden Area: Dr. B. Lockyer and Dr. S. Lockyer – 807-223-6213 & Dr. L. Turcotte - 807-223-6895
  • Kenora Area: Dr. J. Agnew and Dr. R. Christiuk – 807-468-3649
  • Red Lake Area: Dr. C. Knudsen 807-727-2849

Included with this release is a one page backgrounder with additional information on the Eye See…Eye Learn Program.  Families who have questions about the program are encouraged to contact Ontario Association of Optometrists at 1-855-424-3735 extension 231 or Ann McDonald, Early Years Lead, Keewatin-Patricia District School Board at 807-468-5571 extension 315.

Ann McDonald, Early Years Lead with the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, stated “At the KPDSB we are committed to providing programs and resources to meet the needs of all children. We are extremely excited to be partnering with the Ontario Association of Optometrists to bring the Eye See…Eye Learn program to our KPDSB families. Through this important service, we are working to ensure that all children will have the best possible start to school and every opportunity to reach their full potential.” 

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KPDSB and CUPE, Local 1939, reach tentative settlement

27 Nov. 2015

Media Release - Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board (KPDSB) and C.U.P.E., Local 1939, representing Caretaking and Maintenance Staff have reached a tentative settlement within the Local Bargaining Framework.

Details of the tentative settlement remain confidential until ratification by the Local as well as the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board.

The parties are very pleased with the local bargaining process and are happy to have reached a local settlement. Both look forward to continued success in their local relationship serving the best interests of our students.

For more information, please contact Sean Monteith, KPDSB Director of Education at (807) 468-5571 or Jim Favreau, President, CUPE at (807) 466 1341.

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KPDSB Hockey Canada Skills Academies featured in Hockey Canada national newsletter

24 Nov. 2015

Our staff and students are thrilled to be featured in the first Hockey Canada Skills Academy national newsletter for the 2015-2016 school year!  Our staff continue to work hard to grow these programs and the early successes of students in the programs are extremely encouraging.  

Click here to view the newsletter - 

http://cdn.agilitycms.com/hockey-canada/Hockey-Programs/Schools/Skills-Academy/Downloads/2015_HCSA_november_newsletter_e.pdf

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