I'm very honoured that the constituents of Rideau-Rockcliffe and Alta Vista have again chosen me to represent them as their public school trustee. I'd like to thank all who have supported my campaign. I'd also like to acknowledge Marty Carr and Tanya Dasilva for running a good campaign.
Ensuring the well being and success of children is the most important task a community has and I will continue to work hard this term to do my part as trustee. Some of the specific issues I am looking forward to addressing are: to continue working for better consultations; the implementation of data collection by race and ethnicity for better decision making; and, honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action, especially around implementing an Indigenous curriculum.
Eight incumbent trustees and four new candidates were elected on October 22. The new term starts on December 3 and an early priority will be to develop a new four year strategic plan by the end of the school year. The associated consultation plan recognizes the importance of input from parents and community members and provides for a parent/community online consultation as well as three in-person forums.
The online survey is scheduled to run from mid November to mid December. It will allow you to share your thoughts about the key issues and challenges facing the district and to learn about the thoughts of others. There will be a link on the home page of OCDSB.ca to the survey.
The in-person forums will take place in January. They will build on the themes raised in the online consultation, enabling parents and the community to discuss the emerging themes and to develop strategies for making progress in priority areas.
In April, staff will present a draft strategic plan at Committee of the Whole (COW) and, in May, the public will have the opportunity to comment.
In June, the Board of Trustees will approve the final plan.