Catholic Education Week 2018
Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week. This year, Catholic Education Week took place from May 6 through 11. The event celebrated the theme “Renewing the Promise,” which draws on documents created by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario about Catholic education in Ontario. The week began with the celebration of the annual Board-wide Mass at Holy Cross Parish in Kemptville, which was led by Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of the Archdiocese of Ottawa.
Superintendent of School Effectiveness, Natalie Cameron, gave a brief overview of the week’s events, which was followed by a video presentation. Throughout the week, schools shone a great light on the ways in which CDSBEO Catholic schools celebrate Catholic education. The week was marked by special activities and events for all grade levels, including prayer celebrations, service activities, celebrations of the arts, sporting events, and fundraisers; the spirit of service and learning was the hallmark of each event.
The video, which highlights some of the many happenings at CDSBEO schools during Catholic Education Week, can be viewed on the CDSBEO YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/CDSBEOVideo.
Draft Budget for 2018-2019
Manager of Finance, Ashley Hutchinson, presented the draft proposed budget for 2018-2019 to the Board of Trustees. The draft budget includes an operating expenditure budget for compliance of $181.6 million, with $7.5 million for capital related expenditures, including school condition improvement, school renewal, and other child care capital.
“The 2018-2019 draft budget includes a small surplus, however, there are significant increases in transportation expenditures compared to the 2017-2018 revised budget,” noted Mrs. Hutchinson.
Management continues to review the 2018-2019 transportation costs leading up to final budget approval.
All expenditure areas will be carefully reviewed for efficiencies and to ensure excellence in Catholic program delivery for students across Eastern Ontario. The budget will be brought back to the Board on June 19, 2018, for final review and approval.