The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario’s Board of Trustees has approved an operating budget of $175.5 million, and a capital budget of $18.3 million, which includes the construction of a new JK-8 elementary school in Smiths Falls.
All expenditure areas were carefully reviewed for efficiencies and to ensure excellence in Catholic program delivery for students across Eastern Ontario.
“The Board is required to present a balanced budget for compliance to the Ministry of Education. The 2017-2018 budget, totalling $193.8 million, is compliant with all enveloping provisions required on board administration, special education, Indigenous education per-pupil amount, school renewal expenditures, school condition improvement, mental health, and library staff,” explained Superintendent of Business, Bonnie Norton.
Legislative grants make up $144.5 million and local taxation includes $20.62 million. Other revenue totals $6.7 million and includes tuition fees from the International and Personal Support Worker programs, other grants from outside of the GSN including the Math Strategy and the OYAP program, and revenue to offset the amortization expense on the Board’s capital assets.
The Board’s total capital budget will be 18.3 million, with $2.9 million allotted for School Condition Improvement, to help address facility repairs and upgrades. An additional $1.9 million will be used for School Renewal, with $12.6 million allocated for the new JK-8 elementary school to be constructed in Smiths Falls.
Trustees approved the budget at the Board Meeting held June 20, 2017. Board Chair, Todd Lalonde, thanked the group, “I would like to thank Mrs. Norton and the Finance Department for all of their work in preparing the budget. We recognize the hard work of your team in calculating this information, and in continuing to ensure the Board’s ongoing fiscal accountability.”
Director Gartland noted, “The Board works very hard to ensure that all of the needs of our students are met through the most effective allocation of available resources. I would like to commend Mrs. Norton and the Finance Department for their ongoing success in managing the Board’s financial resources.”
Certificates of Appreciation
Each year, the CDSBEO honours deserving students and staff through the presentation of Certificates of Appreciation. Awarded to remarkable persons with outstanding successes, the certificates were presented to 25 students at the June 20th Board meeting. The following are this year’s award recipients:
Desiree Paquette, Bishop Macdonell Catholic School
Desiree is a grade 6 student from Bishop Macdonell Catholic School who entered a poem in the Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day Contest. Her entry won first place in the Junior Division at the local Royal Canadian Legion event, and then earned first place at the zone level, which includes other legions in the area.
Greta Chafee, Iona Academy Catholic School
Greta began dancing for Powell School of Dance at the age of 3 years old. Greta has had many successful competitions, and recently placed first in her division at the Richmond Hill Dance Competition. Due to her solo first place win she received a $500 scholarship to the Dance Intensive for the Hollywood Summer Tour in Burbank California taking place in July.
Shalini (Shaloo) Menon, Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School
Shaloo is a grade 9 student at Holy Trinity CSS, who excels at music, specifically the piano, clarinet, and more recently the oboe. Dedicated to her craft, Shaloo spends a minimum of 30 minutes per day at the piano. She currently holds a Level 7 certificate issued by the Royal Conservatory of Music, the largest and most respected music education system in the world. Shaloo is also an excellent athlete who has represented Holy Trinity on the soccer pitch at both EOSSAA and OFSAA levels. Despite being involved in so many activities, she has managed to attain a 90 per cent + average in her grade nine year.
Elizabeth Moffat, Notre Dame Catholic High School
Elizabeth won 4 of a potential 6 gold medals at the 2016 Canadian National Highland Dance Championships in individual dances at the intermediate level. She placed 2nd and 5th in the other two dance categories. Elizabeth also had the opportunity to perform in the Alberta Ballet’s National Art Centre’s 2016 production of the Nutcracker.
Victoria Nichols, Notre Dame Catholic High School
Victoria won gold in small group choreography at the 2016 Canadian National Highland Dance Championship. Victoria also had the opportunity to perform in the Alberta Ballet’s National Art Centre’s 2016 production of the Nutcracker in the role of head soldier.
Jayden McPherson, St. Columban’s Catholic School
Jayden is a grade 4 student who also studies Tae Kwan Do. In April, Jayden received his black belt, and he is the youngest to attain this level in Tae Kwan Do in all of SD&G. After attaining his black belt he attended the national Taw Kwan Do national competition in Ottawa, competing against members from across Canada, where he received a silver medal in the sparring competition. This is the fourth year that Jayden has medaled at the national competition.
Maya Forbes, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School
Maya is a grade 7 student who studies piano, speech arts and voice. Maya won a gold medal for scoring the top mark in the province for the level 3 Speech Arts and Drama Examinations at the Royal Conservatory of Ontario. Maya went to Toronto in November to receive the award at the Regional Headquarters at the Royal Conservatory.
Shaelyn Kavanagh, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School
Shaelyn studies figure skating at the Athens Figure Skating Club. Recently, she participated in the Eastern Ontario StarSkate Invitational Championships in Bowmanville, Ontario. At the competition, Shaelyn competed against 38 other skaters, and received top marks, surpassing her personal best score and winning gold in the Star 5 under 13 ladies’ category. As a result of her gold medal win, Shaelyn went on to compete with the Eastern Ontario Team at Provincials.
Aimee Headland, St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School
Aimee played on the Great Britain Under-18 Women’s Hockey Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships Tournament, held in Poland earlier this year. Aimee played forward on the first line, power-play, and penalty kill lines, and scored Great Britain’s first goal in the tournament. She started in all of the games, and earned five international caps.
Dawson Laffoley, St. John Bosco Catholic School
Dawson, a grade 6 student at St. John Bosco, studies dance at Four Season Dance Academy in Brockville. During his second season of competitive dance, while competing at the Believe Dance Competition, Dawson was awarded a scholarship from Be Discovered to dance at Disney World in Florida. The scholarship was for a week’s worth of intensive dance training and choreography leading up to performing in several numbers in a show at Disney’s Theatre of the Stars, as well as dancing down Main Street USA in the Disney Parade.
Charlotte Stewart, St. John Catholic Elementary School and Jacklyn Stewart, St. John Catholic High School
Charlotte and Jacklyn are two sisters that attend school in Perth. Charlotte is in grade 6 at St. John Elementary, and Jacklyn is in grade 8 at St. John CHS. In 2016, the sisters won a gold medal in small group choreography at the Canadian National Highland Dance Championship. In 2017, the two ranked 6th for their respective age groups at the 2017 Ontario Provincial Highland Dance Championship.
Shyanna Gauthier, St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School
Shyanna was selected as junior athlete of the year in 2016, in grade 9, and has also competed at the senior level in basketball and soccer, as well as competing on many varsity teams. Most recently, Shyanna has made it to OFSAA in Track: 300M hurdles. She had just started hurdling within the year and made it to the provincials.
Madison Grant, St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School
Madison is a grade 10 student at St. Joseph’s who is actively involved in athletics. Madison has played rugby for three years, and have moved up the ranks of this sport very quickly. This year, Madison has been registered as an elite national athlete and is training with the U18 Canadian National Women’s Rugby Team. She will be competing internationally this summer.
Emma Morrow, St. Mary-St. Cecilia Catholic School
Emma began her journey with taking part in the “Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest.” Emma completed her poster at school and it was judged by the Knights of Columbus Archdiocese of Kingston Diocesan Association, placing first. Emma’s poster is now moving on to The Knights of Columbus Supreme Office in New Haven Connecticut for international judging.
Jared Elliott, St. Mary Catholic High School
Jared was an Ontario Track and Field athlete in javelin in June 2016, as a grade 9 competitor. Jared won first place in javelin at LGSSAA, EOSSAA, East Regionals and took home gold at OFSAA in Windsor. Each week, Jared improved his personal best by 3 to 5 meters until he finally won Gold at OFSAA with a measure of 50.49 meters. In fact, his top three throws could have earned him Gold, Silver and Bronze. His distance shattered the school midget boys’ record by 14 meters.
Aven Carpenter-Houle and Patrick Brownell of St. Matthew Catholic Secondary School, Megan McKissock of St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School, Kathleen Williams of Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, and teacher Stephanie Hutton
Four students from the Turning Points Program, through St. Matthew Catholic Secondary School in Cornwall, were selected to have their original poems published in a Canadian student anthology through the Young Writers of Canada Poetry Contest. Young poets from all across the country are invited to take part in this creative opportunity. The collective entries from the program secured Turning Points an Award of Excellence; an honour designated by the Young Writers of Canada for the Top 20 schools involved in the national poetry competition.
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School Junior Envirothon Team: Morgan Foster, Peter McCannel, Rachel Fiset, Noah Hill, Jacob Poirer Hanniman, and Coach Ann Jackson
After winning the Regional Envirothon Competition at the MacSkimming Outdoor Centre, placing first in 4 out of 5 of the sections of the competition, the Junior Envirothon Team from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School earned a spot representing the Ottawa area at the provincial competition held at Fleming College in Lindsay. The provincial competition is an opportunity for further competition and training as students face a series of challenging hands-on, environmental science tests focused on forestry, wildlife, soils and aquatics. The group will receive results of this competition in the near future.
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School Senior Envirothon Team: Andrew Buchanan, Lauren Lussier, Kyra McCannell, David Silva Parent, Michael Rayson, and Coach Ann Jackson
The Senior Envirothon team, under the leadership of Ann Jackson, earned a spot at the provincial Envirothon competition at Fleming College in Lindsay. The team was invited to the provincial competition after winning a video contest. The students had to create an 8 minute video in response to a real world scenario. The goal was to plan an economically and environmentally sustainable farming business using best management practices. Students had to meet certain criteria and come up with a plan to look after soil, forestry, aquatics and wildlife in the area. The senior team placed first in the province and earned the opportunity to attend the national competition.