Board Meeting Highlights - June 28, 2022

Good News

Congratulations to our New Superintendent!

Headshot of Kathy BoydThe Trustees were happy to announce the appointment of System Principal Kathy Boyd to the position of Superintendent of Education. Kathy brings an extensive background teaching in elementary grades. She was Vice-Principal at Listowel Central PS and then Principal at Listowel Eastdale PS and Listowel Central PS, and opened and established North Perth Westfield ES. Kathy has been System Principal of Student Support Services since April 2021, working with schools to support portfolios including mental health and well-being and safe schools. This past year, Kathy facilitated the Collaborative Professionalism Committee with representatives from all of our union partner groups, system and school administrators and managers, and she has served on various committees for the board over the years, and represented AMDSB at various conferences. Kathy replaces Superintendent Jeff Bruce and will assume her new position on August 1, 2022. Congratulations Kathy! 


Congratulations AMDSB Graduates!!

All across the district, schools celebrated Grade 8 and 12 graduates, as well as celebrating Grade 6 students who were leaving the school for Grade 7. A variety of celebrations were hosted, many of which were in person in a traditional format. A few notable highlights include Brookside PS' guest speaker, 2020 Olympian and Brookside alum, Julie-Anne Staehli, John Nater (MP Perth-Wellington) as a special guest for Mitchell District High School students, and a commemorative quilt for Grade 6s at Upper Thames ES.  


Seaforth PS Hosts Successful Literacy Night

Superintendent Creery was pleased to share that on June 15, Seaforth PS hosted their first literacy night. It was organized by Principal Donna Gregus, Vice-Principal Sarah Gerber and music teacher Heather Dawe. The event was very well attended, and Superintendent Creery reported that several parents complemented the engaging evening and were thrilled to come together in person.
Image of sign "The pen is mightier than the sword" Variety of drawings of sandwiches with text "there's no substitute for a good book!"

AMDSB Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

Three shadow images in bottom left corner, colourful indigenous art. Text: National Indigenous Peoples Day June 21Superintendent Kate Creery reported that schools across the board celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day in a variety of ways. The Education Centre hosted a lunch featuring Indigenous tacos. 

Foundation for Education Hosts Charity Golf Tournament - Join Today!

Trustee Schenk reported that the Foundation for Education is still hoping to recruit golfers to register for their charity golf tournament happening on July 22-24. Participants can golf anytime over that weekend. They can choose to play a regular game of golf with their foursome or go with the best ball format. The cost is $75 and includes 18 holes, a power cart and a chance at a door prize. They are inviting golfers to come out to enjoy a day of golf while also enhancing the life of a local student. Tickets can be purchased on the Foundation for Education website

GDCI Receives Sanofi Biogenius Grant

Trustee Carmichael was proud to announce that Goderich District Collegiate Institute was recently awarded the second annual Sanofi Biogenius Grant. This $50,000 grant will be put towards building a hands-on STEM learning centre in S Hall. Robotics, VR, 3D Printers, and more are in the plans! Can't wait to see this dream come to life!

Summer Learning Opportunities

Superintendent Jeff Bruce was pleased to report that there has been a significant response to our Summer Lexia and Summer Empower programs this year. Approximately 600 students will be involved with the Summer Lexia program, which runs for six weeks this summer. Teachers will monitor and check in with students throughout the summer. Also, 52 students have committed to the Summer Empower program. This is a two-week extension program for students who are currently in the Empower reading program. Teachers will meet with small groups of students for synchronous online lessons. Many thanks to Principals Marie McDade and Missy Pfaff for their leadership of these summer programs.

A Long-Awaited and Welcome Return to Athletics

Communications Manager Chera Longston reported that schools were abuzz with athletic activity throughout the spring. Sports including rugby, track and field, softball, tennis, badminton, soccer, field hockey, basketball and more were occurring and students were thrilled to be back! Student athletes had success at the local, regional and provincial levels and we are so proud of their achievements!
Text "Spring" in green with text Athletics in large block letters with a variety of student athlete pictures inside the letters

Board Approves the 2022/2023 Budget

The Board of Trustees received and approved the 2022/2023 Budget at the meeting on Tuesday, June 28. The operating budget presented includes Operating Revenues and Transfers of Reserves of $225,935,727 and Operating Expenses of the same. The capital budget approved includes Capital Spending of $22,211,806. While the operating budget is compliant with the Ministry of Education's budget compliance rule, the total operating deficit for the 2022/2023 year is expected to be $1,647,181. The approved Budget package can be viewed on the Budget & Finances page of the Board Website.

North Perth Boundary Review Project Update

Superintendent Cheri Carter provided a brief recap of the recommendations that Trustees received at the April 26 and May 24, 2022 Board Meetings. Since the May meeting, Board staff have received a few additional questions from the North Perth community, which have been answered on the North Perth Boundary Review page. For this meeting, staff provided a recommendation for Trustees to consider. The Trustees approved the following motion: 
That the Avon Maitland District School Board direct Board Staff to begin the implementation process to adjust the following boundaries effective for the 2023/2024 school year:         
  • Adjust the boundary between Listowel Eastdale Public School and North Perth Westfield Elementary School, as defined in area #1 of the map presented in the April 26 report
  • Adjust the boundary between Listowel Eastdale Public School and Elma Township Public School as defined in area #2 of the map presented in the April 26 report
Continue to follow Administrative Procedure 302: Student Enrolment when considering renewal of existing Border Crossers and future Border Crossers. 
Full details of this information will be communicated to the North Perth community in the coming days. 

Staff Presentations

Director's Work Plan Update (I Am Prepared)

Superintendent Paul Langis presented an update on the Leadership Development series for
Principals and Vice-Principals focused on enhancing their personal leadership skills. Topics for this year included: Influence and Inspirational Leadership, Reflection and Feedback, Communication and Having Difficult Conversations, and Psychological Safety and Teaming. He also provided a brief update on the Emerging Leadership Development Program that welcomed over 60 staff members interested in future leadership opportunities. 

Student Trustee Update

Student Trustees Elizabeth Benoit and Abigail Peel were not able to attend tonight's meeting. Their update was provided in video format. Abigail will be returning as Student Trustee along with Alex Dolmage. Elizabeth has graduated and we wish her all the best in her future endeavours! 

Chair's Update

Acting Chair Rothwell reported that she attended the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) certification at the Pathway Innovation Center (PIC) located within Stratford Intermediate School on June 1 (day one of two days). Superintendent Morris shared that they partnered with Apple Canada to offer two days of SHSM certifications for our business and ICT SHSM, as well as Energy and Environment SHSM students from across the Board. Pathways Advisory Committee meetings indicated that the industry partners asked us to build in more "soft skills", and this session was coordinated in direct response to that request. Workshops offered included: crafting a visual narrative; developing a digital portfolio; art of the invitation; podcasting: the power of voice; 3D design, and robotics. An open house for the PIC is being planned for the end of August and Acting Chair Rothwell hopes to host a Board meeting at this location.
She also expressed recognition to outgoing Superintendent Jeff Bruce who is taking a position as Superintendent with Thames Valley DSB (from where he originated) effective August of this year. She indicated that the trustees wished to recognize his contributions to Avon Maitland and wish him well in the next step of his career!
Acting Chair Rothwell also participated in Superintendent interviews with Acting Vice Chair Hunking, wrote letters to thank staff, bus operators and drivers, retirees and years of service recipients, and student senators/trustees. She also wrote letters of congratulations to MPP Matthew Rae (Perth-Wellington) and MPP Lisa Thompson (Huron-Bruce). Finally, she wished all of those in attendance a relaxing, restful and enjoyment-filled summer!  

Senior Staff Updates

Learning Services Team Helps Support Ukrainian Refugees

Superintendent Jeff Bruce reported that the English Language Learner team is helping to welcome students (and families) from Ukraine. They are ensuring that the families are connected with appropriate programs and benefit from a supportive transition to AMDSB schools. A number of schools are welcoming students, including: Goderich PS, Sprucedale PS, Central Perth ES, Howick PS, St. Marys DCVI, Stratford District SS, Little Falls PS, and Elma PS. 

Future Board Meetings

  • This was the last meeting for the 2021/2022 school year. Meetings will resume in September and dates will be posted on the Board Meeting page

Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation

  • Meetings will resume in September.