Posts Tagged ‘Catholic School Board’

Why My Daughters Go To Private School, Even Though I Can’t Afford It – Part 2

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

In the first segment of this three-part series, I made a rather brazen statement that ruffled a few feathers: “Private school education is not only for the rich and privileged, but also for those who are willing to go into debt, those willing to fund-raise, those willing borrow from parents, those willing to volunteer time, and especially ONLY those willing to make massive sacrifices to their lifestyles, all for the sake of their kids!”.

 

Noel Ocol: Like Father, Like Daughters

In the public school system, it’s a commonly accepted notion that everyone in grade school (junior kindergarten to grade eight) passes. Sure, some students may get “C’s” in their report card, on a rare occasion a “D,” but never an “F” to fail a grade level. No matter how incompetent or how unprepared a child is to move to the next grade, they still get passed. Like an assembly line, no discrimination, no quality control – from one teacher to the next.

My point is that the grades reported to parents in the term report cards may not truly reflective to kids actual achievements and abilities. As a parent trying to prepare my kids for the real world, that’s truly a concern for me, as it would be for any CEO of a company trying to make decisions based on skewed or made up performance reports.

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2011 Report Card on Ontario Elementary Schools

Thursday, May 12th, 2011
St Michaels Choir School

Ontario elementary students overall have scored slightly higher in standardized tests over the past five years, with girls performing better than boys in reading and math for most schools, but there is still room for improvement in cases where children are not meeting provincial standards, according to the Fraser Institute’s 2011 annual report card.

In 2010, 30.1 per cent of exams were below the provincial standard, a modest improvement to 2006’s figure of 33 per cent. The average school rating was 6 out of 10.

“There’s always room for improvement but we’re a long way from getting an A,” says Michael Thomas, associate director of school performance studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of the Report Card on Ontario’s Elementary Schools 2011, in an interview with Our Kids Media.

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Election Q&A with Giuseppe Peritore

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Giuseppe Peritore is a candidate for Halton Catholic District School Board Trustee in the 2010 Oakville Municipal Elections.

Oakville.com: What are the platform issues that you are addressing?

Giuseppe Peritore:
* Ensuring schools are a safe learning environment for children
* Effective communication between parents, teachers and your school board
* Role modeling Catholicity and Canadian pride in our schools
*Creative solutions and partnerships to overcome challenges
* Trustees who are accessible and respond to your needs
* A school board that is transparent and accountable

Oakville.com: What is your unique position in this election

Giuseppe Peritore: In addition to speaking to parents throughout Oakville, I’ve visited every Catholic School in Oakville and talked to Principals and/or Vice Principals about their school strengths and challenges. I’ve also visited most Oakville Parishes and spoken to their Pastors to get their perspectives on Catholic education in Oakville.

Oakville.com: What do voters need to know that will compel them to vote for YOU?

Giuseppe Peritore: I’m a lifelong Oakville resident. My wife and I have over 20 years experience as Catholic students in Oakville. With three young children, we will have a child attending Catholic schools in Oakville for at least the next 14 years. I have been an active member of St. James parish all my life. I’ve been an active parent and volunteer at Mother Teresa school for over 5 years. I am willing to hear the concerns of parents and be the voice of their children at the HCDSB. I believe a school board that works together, grows together. I have no personal agenda.

The 2010 Oakville Municipal election will be held on October 25, 2010. Visit our special Oakville election 2010 section for the latest election news, candidate profiles and more.

Election Q&A with Anthony Danko

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Anthony Danko is a candidate for Halton Catholic District School Board Trustee in the 2010 Oakville Municipal Elections.

Oakville.com: What are the platform issues that you are addressing?

Anthony Danko: As a Catholic School Trustee over the past four years, I’ve focused my efforts on 3 areas:

1) maintaining our integrity as a truly Catholic institution;
2) investing our resources directly into student achievement;
3) reintroducing the committee system to policy development and strategic planning

Oakville.com: What is your unique position in this election

Anthony Danko: Catholics ratepayers in Oakville should vote for Anthony Danko on Oct 25th because he will be their advocate at the Board table. Anthony has introduced and passed board motions that have made a real difference. He will continue to raise the debates that need to be raised and ask the questions that need to be answered. Crucial decisions will be made over the next four year term that will have a terrific impact on the nature and character of schools in Catholic Halton. They need representation at Board meetings and to be kept informed about how outcomes will affect their child’s education. Now, as much as ever, is a critical time for Catholic education. Anthony Danko stands for Stewardship, Accountability and Catholicity.

Oakville.com: What do voters need to know that will compel them to vote for YOU?

Anthony Danko: Just a few months after I was first elected in November of 2006, a group of parents showed me the decrepit state of St. Thomas Aquinas (STA) Secondary School: water was leaking through the office roof and a student who used a wheelchair could barely navigate the elevator to get to 2nd floor classrooms. The overall state of the ageing building was well documented in a film created by parents and students and it made a strong case for action. EQAO scores were also suffering. With all the evidence we have in education literature that good learning environments lead to greater student success, why did we allow this situation to go on for so long? Why wasn’t anyone doing something about it?

The state of affairs at STA in 2006 was unacceptable to me. I personally met with our local MPP, Kevin Flynn and consulted with parents and administrators. I then introduced a board motion prioritizing the total reconstruction of the school, which passed unanimously.

This resulted in the province making a special grant of $14 million dollars in funding towards the construction of a new building. This funding simply would not have been offered to us if the board had not first passed that resolution.

Today, in 2010, construction is nearly complete and in the spring of 2011, STA students will begin classes in a brand new building, 21 years after it was acquired from the public school board. In the 2006 municipal elections, the major issue facing the board was whether or not to construct a new headquarters building for itself. During the election I was against the Board building a new headquarters. I am pleased that my time as a trustee allowed me to send funds directly into our students and their achievement, such as rebuilding St Thomas Aquinas school.

The 2010 Oakville Municipal election will be held on October 25, 2010. Visit our special Oakville election 2010 section for the latest election news, candidate profiles and more.

Responsibilities of Halton School Board Trustees

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Did you know that 24.5%1 of Oakville property taxes goes toward education?

Did you know the operating budget for the Halton Catholic District School Board is $261 million2?

Did you know the operating budget for the Halton District School Board is $490 million3? That’s more than the annual budget of the Town of Oakville.

We are about a week away from the 2010 municipal election and it is easy to say that Oakville residents may be informed about those running for Mayor and Town Council but what about those running for Halton School Board Trustees?

How much do we know about this position?

What is the School Board?

The School Board was established by the provincial legislation and is governed by public elected officials (trustees). The School Board, provides an atmosphere where students can achieve and excel, offer effective programs, have a board that can successfully implement its goals and encourage students to do the same, makes sure policies are followed. Furthermore, the board also has a hand in setting its budget, implementing the curriculum, and making sure qualified staff are hired.

The school trustees also take care of school transportation, libraries, continuing education, and childcare facilities.

School Board Trustees

Some of the responsibilities of a trustee are: to keep focus on the achievement of the students, making decisions that benefit the student body, being the voice for the public and taking what they have to say to the board and vise versa, trustees are accountable to the province and to the public they represent.

You must be at least 18 years old to be a Board Trustee, must be eligible to vote, a Canadian citizen and in some cases you must be Roman Catholic depending on the school board.

There are statutory and none statutory duties by the province. “ Statutory duties include the appointment of a trustee to various committees such as the Special Education Advisory Committee, or to board-based quasi-judicial committees such as those responsible for conducting proceedings dealing with the suspension or expulsion of students. Non-statutory obligations may include participating in ad hoc committees or working groups of the board,” as stated in the online document Making a Difference for Kids, Running for Election as School Board Trustee.

How many trustees are you voting for?

For the Halton District School Board, Ward 1&2 are acclaimed, but residents in Wards 3, 4, 5&6(together) must pick a trustee for their respective Ward.

For the Halton Catholic District School Board, residents of Oakville must vote for a total of 4 Trustees – in this case they are elected ‘at large’ and are not grouped into Wards.

So when you vote this year, be aware of what the Halton School Board Trustee’s responsibilities are and what type of budget they control before going to the polls October 25th.

1: 2009 Town of Oakville Annual Report

2: 2010-2011 HCDSB Operating Budget

3: 2010-2011 HDSB Operating Budget

The 2010 Oakville Municipal election will be held on October 25, 2010. Visit our special Oakville election 2010 section for the latest election news, candidate profiles and more.