Annual Board Inaugural Meeting

Monday, December 4, 2017 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, December 11, 2017 — Meeting Agenda Package


Election of Chair and Vice-Chair

On Monday, December 4, 2017 the Board of Trustees re-elected Trustee Wendy Price (Cambridge / North Dumfries) as Chair of the Board and also re-elected Trustee Bill Conway (Cambridge / North Dumfries) as Vice-Chair of the Board. Both Price and Conway first assumed their current leadership roles in September, 2017.

The Board of Trustees is comprised of the following representatives:

Joyce Anderson (Kitchener / Wilmot)
Bill Conway (Cambridge / North Dumfries)
Manuel da Silva (Cambridge / North Dumfries)
Amy Fee (Kitchener / Wilmot)
Jeanne Gravelle (Waterloo / Wellesley / Woolwich)
Wendy Price (Cambridge / North Dumfries)
Greg Reitzel (Kitchener / Wilmot)
Brian Schmalz (Kitchener / Wilmot)
Melanie Van Alphen (Waterloo / Wellesley / Woolwich)

Kate Jamieson and Meghan Nemeth (Student Trustees)

French Second Language (FSL) Overview

In the WCDSB we offer our students four types of French Second Language (FSL) programming:

  • Core French
  • Intensive French
  • French Immersion
  • AP French

On December 11, 2017, the Board of Trustees received a detailed update on all four FSL programs – including a look at both best practices and key challenges in each area. The full report is available on pages 11-15 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Well Being Plan — Equity

At WCDSB, our Equity, Diversity and Learning (EDL) Committee has set a goal of building educator capacity to serve all students and assist in removing identified barriers to success. In our Catholic context, we employ a lens of liberation theology with a strong emphasis on the social teaching of preferential option for the poor.

Simply stated, this involves empowering students and their families to advocate for change so that they may not just survive but thrive in our school communities. Additionally, we have committed to supporting our school administrators and educators in understanding and working to remove barriers that exist for students in accessing their learning. A full report on progress to date, as well as future plans, is available on pages 16-19 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Revised Estimates – Balanced Budget

Revised estimates of revenue and expenses have been prepared using actual enrolment as at October 31, 2017 and a revised enrolment projection for March 31, 2017. Enrolment for the school year is now forecast as follows:

For a complete look at the Revised Estimates for 2017-18, please visit pages 20-21 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Director of Education’s Annual Report

The Multi-Year Strategic Plan provides the roadmap for the staff of Waterloo Catholic District School Board and proclaims to the boarder community our goals and aspirations. Under the Education Act, the Director of Education must submit an Annual Report at the first Board meeting of December of each year reporting on the progress of the Board against the stated goals. As was reflected when the Interim Report Card on the Multi-Year Strategic Plan was brought to board, there has been strong progress against all of our nine strategic directions, within our three priority areas. The report – which covers the 2016-17 school year — the report takes a primarily electronic format this year and can be found online at

Upcoming Board Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, January 15, 2017

Regular Public Board Meeting

Monday, January 29, 2017

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 52 schools and four adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 181-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

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For more information, please contact:

John Shewchuk – Chief Managing Officer | (519) 578-3660 |