February 14, 2017 – Board Meeting
The following report is submitted to ETFO members by Jeff Pelich. Please contact Jeff if you have any questions or concerns about the content of this report. Follow the live tweets from the WRDSB Board Meetings using the hashtags #wrdsb and #etfowr.
|Date||Monday,February 17 2017|
|Trustees In Attendance||K. Woodcock, S. McMillan, N. Waddell, C. Harrington, M. Ramsay, J. Hendry, C. Watson, A. Mitchell, T. Martin|
|Trustees Absent||C. Millar,|
|Policy and Governance|
|The board reviewed the following Policy documents:
WCI/Northdale Feasibility Study
The WRDSB has embarked on a study of the school and the potential for a joint collaboration with WLU and the City of Waterloo to create a community on the existing WCI site. Most relevant to ETFO is that this project could cost significant amounts of money and include the use of P3s in its development (Public-Private Partnerships). This could be a slippery slope into privatization and corporate involvement in education. Trustees approved an additional $25,000 to continue studying this project with the various stakeholders (imagine what $25,000 could buy for your classroom).
Transportation Consortium Update
Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region presented the 2015-2016 Annual Report to the trustees. Many had questions about the high cost of special education routes and why the public board seems to pay a disproportionate amount compared to the Catholic system. STSWR confirmed that this is a result of the congregated classroom in the WRDSB and the inclusion model of WCDSB.