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ETFO offers workshop to staff to support and welcome refugee families to schools

05 Feb. 2016

Presented by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, this workshop will give information and strategies to support elementary educators who will be welcoming refugees and newcomers into school communities.

Please click here to view the pdf.

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CBC News: The National - The KPDSB Hockey Solution

22 Jan. 2016

Our schools in Dryden and Kenora were visited by a news team from CBC's The National with Peter Mansbridge in early January to learn more about our Hockey Canada Skills Academies.  With nearly 350 students registered in Dryden, Kenora and Sioux Lookout in the first years of the accredited programs, we are planning expansions in Dryden and Sioux Lookout, as well as the launch of a new Hockey Canada Skills Academy in the Red Lake and Ear Falls areas for September 2015.

The report has received wide spread attention from across the nation with Canadian Olympians and athletes, public figures and even NHL players sharing the story.  These programs are about so much more than just hockey!  Below are links to both the CBC report and our Hockey Canada Skills Academy video.  

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KPDSB and ETFO reach tentative settlement

07 Jan. 2016

Joint Media Release - January 7, 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board (KPDSB) and the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario have reached a tentative settlement within the Local Bargaining Framework with both the Elementary Teachers and the Elementary Occasional Teachers’ Local Bargaining Units.

Ratification of the Occasional Teacher’s Memorandum has taken place while details of the tentative settlement with the Elementary Teachers remain confidential until ratification by the Local as well as the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board.

The parties acknowledge that the process took a great deal of time however both are very happy with the results of the hard work and look forward to its implementation and furthering the work of supporting our students.

For more information, please contact Sean Monteith, KPDSB Director of Education at (807) 468-5571 or Anne Saltel, President, Keewatin-Patricia Elementary Teachers Association of Ontario at (807) 737 2163.

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KPDSB and OSSTF Educational Support Personnel reach tentative settlement

09 Dec. 2015

Media Release - December 9, 2015

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board (KPDSB) and the Educational Support Personnel 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.  Ratification is scheduled to take place by both parties prior to December 18, 2015.

The local parties worked closely together to achieve this settlement and believe it will benefit staff as well as students throughout the system into the future.

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 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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