WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — May, 2022

Meetings

Special Public Board Meeting

Monday, May 9, 2022 – Meeting Agenda Package

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, May 9, 2022 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, May 30, 2022 — Meeting Agenda Package

Highlights

Annual Update of Education Development Charges

Education Development Charges (EDCs) are used to fund the acquisition of school sites and related costs to accommodate growth-related pupil needs. These rates are applied to all new residential and non-residential development, with limited exceptions. The Board’s existing EDC By-law recovers 80% of education land costs from residential development and 20% from non-residential development.

On May 10, 2021, the Board of Trustees approved Education Development Charge By-law (2021) for a term of 5 years with an effective date of June 1, 2021. In response to stakeholder input, the Board also directed staff to annually review land values and provide a report to the Board if land values supported an amendment to the Education Development Charge By-law (2021) to increase residential and non-residential charges.

On May 9, 2022, the Board of Trustees passed a by-law to amend the 2021 EDC by-law to increase the residential and non-residential rates to reflect increasing land values in the Region of Waterloo.

The report is available beginning on page 3 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Extended Day Programs

The Extended Day Program is an integral part of the Early Learning Kindergarten program and is led by registered Early Childhood Educators (RECE). The Extended Day program is funded by parent fees and set on a cost-recovery basis. The Extended Day program is optional for parents and offered by boards only where there is sufficient demand to make the program viable.

Thirty-six schools that were deemed viable for 2021/2022 will continue to be viable for the 2022/2023 school year.

On May 9, 2022, the Board of Trustees agreed to raise the daily base fee by $1.00 per day, to $28.50 per day.

The report is available beginning on page 24 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Learning Innovation and IT Update

Innovation, strategic information technology (IT) planning and accelerated technological progress have precipitated a strong culture shift at the Waterloo Catholic District school board to become one known for its keen focus on student centered design, collaboration and one that inspires all to stretch their thinking, to not only demonstrate their learning, but to work collectively towards continued achievement and personal efficacy.

While the 2021/22 school year has continued to present novel challenges, we have maintained a strong lens of adaptability while continuing to ensure that strong pedagogical practices are targeted and focused, yet flexible, to meet the needs of all students, families, and staff.

Our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion ensures all decisions are made with intentionality as we focus on our underserved students recognizing that students’ identities and circumstances outside of school shape their learning needs.

The detailed report presented to the Board of Trustees on May 9, 2022, covered the following key areas:

  • Digital Citizenship Programming
  • Experiential Learning Programming
  • Equity and Technology Governance
  • Global Competency Programming: Leveraging Digital
  • Classroom Technology and Innovation
  • Technology for Parent Engagement
  • Global Competency Programming: Pedagogical Practices
  • A Culture of Innovation: Distributed Leadership Strategies
  • IT Governance
  • IT Key Performance Indicators
  • IT Project and Task Status 2021/22
  • Information Technology Five Year Strategic Plan Schedule

The report is available beginning on page 9 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Math Strategy Update

As well as providing an update with respect to the following listed math priorities, the Math Update also provided detailed information regarding steps currently being taken by WCDSB to continue proactively responding to the changing landscape of education, including:

  • Math Coaching Support (Elementary)
  • Math Professional Learning Opportunities: Reaching Educators Virtually & Digitally (Elem & Sec)
  • Secondary School Update – Preparing for 2021 De-streamed Culture
  • Resource Update: Usership data for Knowledgehook, Mathology.ca & Digital Tools
  • Looking Forward / Next Steps

The report contains many very instructive charts and graphs, that clearly chart the accomplishments, opportunities and ongoing challenges facing the school board.

The goal moving forward is to continue purposefully collaborating across Program Services in order to provide highly- accessible services that are aligned to assist our educators in ‘knowing their learners’ and responding effectively. Prioritizing ‘just-in-time’ support, for all educators, students, and administrators continues to be our collective goal.

The report is available beginning on page 42 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Well-being Update – Safe Schools

Over the 2021-22 school year the WCDSB has been continually focused on student well-being and the strong measures that we could establish to support safe, caring, and inclusive environments. We acknowledge that the pandemic has adversely impacted the overall wellbeing of our students and with intentionality our goal continues to focus on ensuring we are responsive to student needs and the creation of safe and nurturing environments.

We were pleased this year to be able to reinstate some initiatives that had been sidelined due to the pandemic. Our partnership and training with Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) has been re-evaluated and a staged training approach to developing restorative cultures has been developed.

The implementation of data collection with respect to student well-being using the MDI tool was also administered in the 2021/22 school year along with the parent safe school’s climate survey and with reference to bullying, is highlighted in this report.

“Upstream” prevention continues to be a prime motivator, with key areas of focus being:

  • Community Justice Initiatives: Restorative Practices
  • Safe School Ambassador Program
  • Anti-Bullying Week
  • The Umbrella Project
  • Human Trafficking
  • Suicide Prevention and Intervention
  • Student Aware

The report is available beginning on page 60 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Multi-Year Capital Renewal Plan

As our buildings continue to age, major renovations and repairs are needed to ensure our buildings remain operational, safe, welcoming, and efficient learning spaces for the students, staff, and communities which they support.

The Ministry of Education continues to provide two sources of funding for major repairs and renovations – School Condition Improvement Funding (SCI) and School Renewal Allocation (SRA) Funding.

School Condition Improvement (SCI) is a capital renewal program that allows school boards to revitalize and renew aged building components that have exceeded or will exceed their useful life cycle. The SCI Funding allotment for the 2021-2022 school year totals $6,001,219

School Renewal Allocation (SRA) funding is provided to allow school boards to revitalize and renew aged building systems and components. This allows school boards to undertake capital improvements such adding and/or replacing new ventilation systems, roof replacement and invest in accessibility-related enhancements such as elevators, ramps and electronic door opening systems. In addition, SRA funding allows for maintenance repairs such as painting, and asphalt repairs. There are no restrictions on its use except that the work performed must be capital in nature. For the 2021-2022 school year, School Renewal Allocation Funding totals $4,030,931.

In addition to the annual school renovation and renewal projects, the construction team is actively working on the following projects:

  • Huron Brigadoon elementary school (includes a childcare centre)
  • East Kitchener 7-