Spotlight January 17


January 17, 2017


Holy Childhood Walk

Each year, elementary schools across Niagara Catholic hold fundraisers in support of the Holy Childhood Association, a mission club for elementary students in the developing world. In 2016, the Holy Childhood Association provided assistance to 53 projects in Ghana, Jamaica, Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia and Thailand. Last October and November, 37 Niagara Catholic elementary schools participated in Holy Childhood Walks and raised nearly $11,500 to support projects such as the ones listed above.

During the January 17 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Father Paul MacNeil, Chair of the Board, shared information about the 2016 Holy Childhood Walks with his fellow trustees.

The 2016 Holy Childhood Walks bring the amount raised by Niagara Catholic students to more than $665,000 since 1984.

Capital Projects Update

Construction workerDuring the January 17 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees received an update on two capital projects currently underway within the Board.

The $10-million construction of a new St. Martin Catholic Elementary School in Smithville is in its final stages. Storm sewer work is complete and masonry veneer and siding installation is underway.

Occupancy of the new school is scheduled to take place this spring, with an Official Blessing and Opening to follow.

Also in West Niagara, construction is slated to take place for a nine room addition to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School in Grimsby. The nine rooms will include six classrooms and three rooms dedicated for child care. The addition will allow for 138 new pupils to enrol at Our Lady of Fatima, bringing capacity to 541 students when completed.

Tender documents and drawings are being developed by Svedas Architects Inc. A completion date has not yet been set.

Attendance Area Review at Saint Michael and Saint Paul Families of Schools

Beginning in September 2016, Niagara Catholic embarked on an Attendance Area Review for the Saint Michael and Saint Paul Catholic High Schools families of schools. This review focused on a review of boundaries for Loretto Catholic Elementary School, Father Hennepin Catholic Elementary School and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School.

As part of the Board’s open and transparent process, five committee meetings and four public meetings took place between October 19 and December 14, 2016. The final report was presented to Trustees during the January 17 Committee of the Whole Meeting. The recommendation was approved and will be considered by the Board at the January 31 Board Meeting.

View the complete report in the January 17 Committee of the Whole Agenda.

2017-2018 System Priorities and Annual Budget Process

Niagara Catholic has been broadly praised for our collaborative process in the design of the Board’s annual System Priorities and Budget to achieve the Board’s Vision 2020 Strategic Plan.

Each month, Senior Administrative Council provides trustees with a report and opportunity for dialogue about the status of achieving current System Priorities and balanced budget during the Committee of the Whole Meeting. Every January, a full Mid-Year Progress Report is presented to the Board which summarizes the progress to date in achieving the System Priorities and Balanced Budget.

Director of Education John Crocco and Senior Staff remain committed to two fundamental principles in preparing the 2017-2018 System Priorities and Budget:

Providing Catholic educational excellence through programs and services for all students

Achieving the Board’s Vision 2020 Strategic Plan and Annual System Priorities through balanced and financially sustainable annual budgets.

The Vision 2020 Strategic Plan Implementation Consultation will take place between January and May 2017. The 2017-2018 System Priorities are scheduled to be presented at the May 9 Committee of the Whole Meeting, with the 2017-2018 Budget to be presented at the Board Meeting on May 23.

To view the full consultation and recommendation schedule, in the January 17 Committee of the Whole Agenda.

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