September 10, 2019
Chapel at Consolidated Schools in Thorold to be Named for St. Charles
During the opening meeting of the 2019-2020 school year, trustees approved a recommendation to name the chapel at the consolidated Monsignor Clancy/St. Charles Catholic Elementary School in honour of St. Charles School, which will close at the end of this school year at the September Board Meeting.
If approved, the chapel will be named the St. Charles Chapel, and the Library Information Centre will be named the Monsignor Clancy Library Information Centre.
The new names are in compliance with Niagara Catholic’s Naming of a Board Facility, Designated Area or Chapel Policy 100.15.
Summer Learning Camp
Trustees were updated on the 2019 Summer Learning Camp, which took place at six sites in Niagara during the summer.
From July 8 through 26, 94 students in Grades three through six participated in programs including Home Sweet Home, Master Chef, Nuts and Bolts, On the Move, Robotics, General Camp Phys. Ed., and SPARK Niagara Coding.
The programs took place at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Elementary School, Blessed Trinity and Holy Cross Catholic Secondary Schools, Lakeshore Catholic and Saint Michael Catholic High Schools, and Notre Dame College School from July 8-26.
These programs reinforced literacy and numeracy curriculum, introduced new concepts to students such as coding, promoted physical fitness and healthy eating and offered students valuable life skills.
The 2019 Summer Learning camps are in alignment with the Board’s Continuing Education Summer School Program, were subsidized by CODE and OFIP funding, and transportation was provided. The camps also promoted our Niagara Catholic secondary schools to students.
Capital Progress Updates
Construction is now underway at the new child care centres at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School. The $1.5-million, three-room addition will allow for 49 new childcare spaces at the school.
Construction continues for the consolidated St. Charles/Monsigor Clancy Catholic Elementary Schools and new child care centres. The $5-million project is currently awaiting design approval from the Ministry of Education. Once completed, it will have room for a total of 677 students, and will add 49 new child care spaces at the school. Students are expected to be in the new school by September 2020.
Information Technology Services Update
Trustees were provided with an update of the Board’s Information Technology Services department, its responsibility, projects and programming.
The complete report is available in Section C1 of the September 10 Committee of the Whole Meeting agenda.
Long-Term Accommodation Planning Update
Niagara Catholic approved its Long-Term Accommodation Plan 2016-2021 in May 2016. The plan provides data, guiding principals and strategies to assist the Board in effectively managing resources, and in making the best possible decisions to continue to offer the highest quality of Catholic education for students, within the Board’s budget.
In 2017, the Ministry of Education placed a moratorium on school consolidations until new Pupil Accommodation Guidelines were issued. These were issued in April 2017, however the moratorium was extended in June 2018, and templates to assist school boards with accommodation reviews have yet to be released.
Niagara Catholic is committed to maximizing the use of all school facilities through pupil enrollment and the engagement of community partners. To read the complete report, visit section C3 of the September 10 Committee of the Whole Meeting agenda.
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