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Brockville – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 to discuss a number of topics including:
Merrickville Public School Presentation: Principal Tanya Preston told Trustees how her school is improving student understanding in math and literacy through its School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement. The school is striving to enhance scores in provincial literacy testing by clearly posting success criteria and learning goals for students to use during their daily work. This helps them succeed in reading and writing exercises. Students have copies of these criteria at their desks, which allow them to mark up their work to show how they are meeting learning goals. Teachers also encourage students to evaluate their work and the work of others to deepen their understanding. Time is provided in the classroom to review that feedback and make revisions. The school is planning to improve mathematics scores through daily number talks, working to engender a positive classroom culture regarding mathematics, extensive use of math manipulatives, as well as the posting of learning goals and success criteria so students clearly understand where they should be headed in their learning.
Update on 2017-2018 Budget: Superintendent of Business Nancy Barkley presented an update on the 2017-2018 budget. Barkley’s report showed that preliminary operating revenue for the coming fiscal year is projected to increase by $9.4 million and reflects Ministry of Education funding for the recently negotiated labour group extension agreements. Much of the incremental revenue will have related offsetting expenses, which will be shared as part of the Board’s full budget package, scheduled to be presented to the Board of Trustees at their May 24, 2017 meeting.