Kemptville – CDSBEO Board Meeting Highlights for meeting held August 29th, 2017.
CDSBEO Board Theme – Year Three
The Board theme, Ignite the Light – Wake up the World, is a call to action. Over the past two years, the CDSBEO has enthusiastically responded to the call to Ignite the Light of Belief, Gratitude, Love, and Peace. Last year, the Board woke to Pope Francis’ call to show greater respect for creation. This year, in response to the Pope’s recent call to “Awaken the World, Illuminate the Future,” the Board will extend the current theme into the 2017-2018 school year.
Principal of Religious and Family Life Education, Paul Mantha, shared some of the important events planned for this year with the Board. He also provided information on how extending the current theme will help us to experience these events more fully, and provide additional opportunities to dig deeply into a theme that continues to hold great potential for learning.
“Our Holy Father has identified November 19th as the first annual World Day of the Poor,” noted Mr. Mantha. “Together with Catholics from around the world, we will be praying for the poor, practicing the corporal works of mercy, building care for the poor into our routines, learning about the causes of poverty and working to change them and, finally, supporting our churches in their outreach to the poor.”
Schools will be provided with lessons and new mentor texts designed to help staff and students look deeply at how they can personally and communally ‘wake up their world’ and move forward, illuminating the future with joy and hope.
CDSBEO schools will receive materials to help them look deeply at two important apostolic exhortations – The Joy of the Gospel and Laudato Si. Both of these Papal documents continue to call the Catholic community forward to shine light on issues of poverty and inequity, and to grow hope and joy. Additionally, schools will be working with Development and Peace, bringing secondary student leaders together to look closely at the local and global issue of poverty, and investigate ways they can make a difference in their schools and communities.
“Our theme is still extremely relevant and necessary in these times. We are all being called to a personal conversion – to a deeper relationship with God through His son, Jesus. We are being called to set our lights ablaze, so we can be shining examples of God’s love on earth,” concluded Mr. Mantha.
School Renewal and School Condition Improvement Projects 2016-2017
Over the course of the last 12 months, the CDSBEO Plant and Maintenance Department has completed an extensive number of upgrades within schools and board facilities. Manager of Plant and Maintenance, Roger Cauley, presented to the Board an overview of the considerable number of projects which have been completed in Board facilities, including over 5,000 work orders and 147 projects under School Renewal, School Condition Improvement, and Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA).
Superintendent of Business, Bonnie Norton, introduced Roger Cauley, Manager of Plant, to the Board of Trustees.
“This year, we have had a number of extremely large projects, which has been challenging for plant, but also very rewarding,” noted Superintendent Norton. “Mr. Cauley and the Plant and Maintenance Department have worked very hard this summer to ready our schools for September.”
“Thank you for the opportunity to highlight some of the work completed this year,” began Mr. Cauley. “As noted by Superintendent Norton, we’ve had an extremely challenging summer, as we have taken on several very large projects. The presentation today highlights some of the work that has been completed by the plant department.”
In Smiths Falls, construction has begun for the new JK-8 elementary school. The facility includes 13 classrooms, three Kindergarten classrooms, a 5,000 square foot family support centre, a 3,000 square foot daycare, and a new soccer field and play area. The facility is expected to open September, 2018.
Several other significant upgrades have taken place at the Kemptville Board Office, including the addition of an 1,100 square foot storage outbuilding (still under construction), interior renovations to accommodate the Special Education Department, and redesign of workstations in several departments to accommodate additional space and meeting rooms.
“Of the larger projects we have completed in the schools, Notre Dame Catholic High School has received a new heating system in the original wing, including replacement of existing tiles in the main corridor, and all associated electrical work,” noted Mr. Cauley. “In addition, the school has received a new roof over a portion of the existing building.”
At St. John CHS, similar upgrades were done including replacement of the heating system in the original wing at both levels, replacement of existing heat pumps with new roof top units and comfort coils, as well as roof replacement and new ceiling tiles in the corridors.
Other significant heating system upgrades were installed at St. Jude Catholic School, Mother Teresa Catholic School, St. Patrick Catholic School, and Holy Cross Catholic School, which also received a new roof on one wing.
“We finalized phase two of exterior upgrades at St. Mary Catholic School in Carleton Place and St. Peter Catholic School in Cornwall, with new windows and other exterior upgrades such as replacing brick and stucco,” noted Mr. Cauley.
New roofing was installed at six schools, in addition to other interior renovations at eight sites, including staff room upgrades, as well as washroom upgrades. More than 28 painting projects were completed, as well as flooring projects at 14 sites, replacing over 10,000 square feet of carpet with vinyl tile flooring.
Additional projects were carried out at several sites including: window coverings, installation of portable classrooms, electrical upgrades, new drinking water fill stations, sidewalk and paving upgrades, site improvement projects and playground improvements.
“Thank you for the opportunity to highlight our progress this summer,” Mr. Cauley concluded. “I am thrilled and excited about the work we’ve completed, and I look forward to continuing to improve our facilities.”