Spotlight April 9

Header for SpotlightApril 9, 2019


Trustees Recommend Policies

During the April 9 Committee of the Whole Meeting, trustees recommended one policy be send to the Board for approval at the April 25 Board Meeting

 French Immersion/Admission of Elementary and Secondary Students will be considered by the Board at the upcoming meeting.

St. Augustine CES Chapel Named for Pope St. Gregory the Great

GregThe newly built chapel at St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School in Welland will now be known as the Pope St. Gregory the Great Chapel.

The name was requested by the students and staff at the school, based on the close connection Pope Saint Gregory the Great had as a mentor to Saint Augustine, as Augustine led missionaries to evangelize England.

The Board supported the name, which was also endorsed by Bishop Bergie, and Board Chaplaincy Leader Krista Wood.

The official naming will take place in connection with the feast day for St. Augustine, which will be celebrated May 27 at the school. Students will learn how Pope Saint Gregory the Great influenced St. Augustine’s life.

Board Pre-Approves Capital Project Tenders

Work is currently under way to tender capital projects which each have an estimated cost in excess of $500,000.

The projects include an upgrade to the front entrance, stairs, ramp, pillars and exterior wall at St. Alexander Catholic Elementary School; an upgrade to the front entrance, sidewalk, pillars, canopy, exterior walls and administrative office at St. Denis Catholic Elementary School; Upgrades to the front entrance, sidewalk and canopy of St. Peter Catholic Elementary School; upgrades to the ventilation system and renovations to eight classrooms at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Elementary School and an upgrade to the music room at Notre Dame College School, to include practice rooms, upgrade ventilation and increase acoustics.

There are also several roofing projects scheduled for the summer of 2019, which would be covered by the pre-approval if the costs exceeded $500,000, although none are expected to reach this threshold.

Ministry of Education funding is available for all of these projects.

Capital Projects Update

Two capital projects currently in development by Niagara Catholic are awaiting design approval by the Ministry of Education.

The designs for a consolidated Monsignor Clancy /St. Charles Catholic Elementary School and for three childcare rooms there and at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School are pending Ministry approval.

Library Information Centre Programs and Services

During the April 9 Committee of the Whole Meeting, trustees were advised of the essential roles Library Information Centres have within our schools.

Karen Desjardins, Coordinator of Library Information Centres, provided an overview of the value of the Centres to schools, focusing on how they support the use of a number of technologies, offer space for personal and group literary engagements and develop a love of reading in students, and help students develop literacy and research skills they will use throughout their lives.

Alternative Programs at Niagara Catholic

During the April 9 Committee of the Whole Meeting, trustees were advised of the intregal way in which our alternative programs support student success and achievement.

The report by Superintendent of Education Ted Farrell and Administrative Programs Staff focused on the Pope Francis and  Saint Kateri Tekakawitha Centres, Niagara LINK Program, Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL), the Community Outreach Program, Young Parent Support Program, the Children/Youth in Care Program, and the Care/and/or Treatment, Corrections and Custody Program, all of which are offered by the Board.

The complete report is available in section C3 of the April 9 Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda.

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