Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, May 1, 2023 – Meeting Agenda Package

Special Public Board Meeting

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 — Meeting Agenda Package

Regular Public Board Meeting

Monday, May 29, 2023 — Meeting Agenda Package


Long Term Accommodation Plan Presentation

The Long-Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) is a complete multi-year plan that focuses on planning for student accommodation. The LTAP also provides an update on enrolment and demographic trends as they relate to future accommodation initiatives and provides a listing of strategic initiatives including potential boundary reviews, new schools, and additions / renovations.

Overall, enrolment is projected to increase significantly in both the elementary and secondary panels over the next 10 years – rising in the elementary school panel from 17,646 this year to 24,194 in 2032-33 and in the secondary school panel from 25,250 to 36,312.

Highlights of the LTAP include:

  • Five new schools.
  • Five additions and / or renovations.
  • Required boundary reviews across the Region to create attendance areas for new schools and address capacity issues.
  • Staff are actively working to acquire school sites or are reserving sites in plans of subdivision to meet the board’s needs.
  • There are no planned school closures.

The report is available beginning on page 17 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Innovation / IT Board Report

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, deep learning, and transferable skills, inspiring all to stretch their thinking — to not only demonstrate their learning, but to work collectively towards continued achievement and personal efficacy.

While the post-COVID 2022-23 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. Additionally, our advancements in innovation and IT governance have directed our strategic planning to ensure our ever-changing digital landscape is cloaked with attention to digital citizenship, cyber-awareness and a commitment to ensuring safe learning environments virtually and otherwise for all students, staff and families.

The report covers the following key areas:

  • Information Technology 5 Year Strategic Plan: 2023-2028
  • Digital Literacy & Citizenship Programming
  • Experiential Learning Programming
  • Equity and Technology Governance
  • Global Competency Programming: Leveraging Digital
  • Classroom Technology and Innovation
  • Global Competency Programming: Pedagogical Practices
  • Building Thinking Classrooms and Innovative Learning Environments
  • A Culture of Innovation: Distributed Leadership Strategies

The report is available beginning on page 101 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Final Math Strategy Update

On May 1, 2023 the Board of Trustees received the final Math Strategy Update of the year.

The highly detailed report provided an update and details with respect to the following:

  1. Highlights of Grade 9, MTH1W and Grade 10 Courses, MPM2D & MFM2P
  2. Elementary Math Coaching Summary 2022-23
  3. Sept. 2 Math PD Day Report (ELE. & SEC.)
  4. Elementary Math Professional Learning Opportunities
  5. Digital Tools/Resource Update
  6. Secondary Priorities

The report is available beginning on page 145 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Energy Conservation Plan

Broader Public Sector organizations are required to prepare and publish a 5 year Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan (ECDMP). The report presented on May 29, 2023 provides WCDSB’s plan which outlines strategies and budgets to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. Also included in the report are the results of prior years’ savings initiatives.

The WCDSB Energy Conservation and Demand Management Report is written to satisfy legislative requirements as they relate to energy conservation, local commitments made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), a need to address budget pressures and the current state of our environment, supporting the creation of a sustainable future for younger generations, and in the context of the requirements contained in the 2022-2025 Multi-Year Strategic Plan.

WCDSB is actively addressing long-term sustainability in the following key areas:

Energy & Water Conservation

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