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North Star School being saluted by board

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North Star School in Atikokan will receive the Rainy River District School Board's monthly recognition of excellence for its “I'm Here” campaign at tonight's regular meeting.

The school is being saluted for its commitment to promoting attendance to help students reach their full potential both academically and socially.

It also is being recognized for creating a welcoming and inclusive environment where students feel that their voices are respected.

Developing positive leadership skills in students of all ages is another important part of the “I'm Here” campaign.

North Star School staff have chosen students to be recognized by the board for being role models.

These students worked hard to achieve better attendance, improve their academics, and build up the school community with their leadership skills.

Also at tonight's meeting, which gets underway at 7 p.m. at North Star School, the board will recognize and thank employees who have achieved milestones in their careers.

Secondary teacher RobRoy Donaldson is being recognized for his 25 years of service while principal Jody Labossiere and educational assistant Laureen Pfeifer are being recognized for their retirements.

A presentation on “Valuing All Pathways” will be given by Donaldson, during which he will discuss how the school board is giving students meaningful opportunities to explore various pathways in education.

Following the presentation, the board will vote on Polices 2.71 (“Opening Exercises") and 6.13 ("Play Structures and Sports Fields”) that were due for review, in accordance with the board's five-year cycle.

The board also will vote on several policies for stakeholder consultation, including 6.70 (“Disposal of Surplus Equipment," "Furniture, and Books"), 8.24 ("Fundraising"), and 8.09 ("Procurement”).

Meanwhile, a report from the Finance Committee recommends the board approve the withdrawal of $122,075 from its accumulated surplus to support the continuation of the Indigenous Education co-ordinator position for the 2018-19 school year, pending Ministry of Education approval.

Another recommendation indicates the board should write a letter to the Ministry of Education to advocate for the Grants for Students Needs Education Program and the Indigenous Support and Engagement Initiative.

As well, the Finance Committee is recommending the board allocate $1,329,891 from school renewal to support the Rainy River K-12 consolidation.

Administrative reports on summer projects and programs, personnel, and a provincial/regional/board directors' update will be reviewed at tonight's meeting, as well.

Under the “Correspondence” section of the agenda, the board will look at three letters.

The first is from the Bluewater District School Board to the Minister of Education requesting a provincial think-tank be established to consider and plan for future technologies.

The second is from Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario in support of Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord's call for a review of the provincial strategy for students with special needs.

The final letter is from the Trillium Lakelands District School Board to the president of Ontario Public School Boards Association, regarding the increasing cost of sick leave coverage for classroom staff.

The board then will discuss future meetings, conferences, workshops, and conventions before the meeting is adjourned.

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