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Public school board to resume meetings tonight

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It’s “back to school” today, but not just for the kids as the Rainy River District School Board returns with a full plate for its monthly meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at Robert Moore School.

On the agenda for this evening is a presentation on the results of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test—the province-wide testing for 10th-graders overseen by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).

Trustees also will hear a presentation and update on Critical Learning Instructional Pathways—a learning process for students which the board introduced to all elementary schools over the past year.

As well, the meeting will see the swearing in of this year’s student trustee, as well as the board presenting this month’s Recognition of Excellence to Sturgeon Creek School for its “Power of PALS & Partnerships” program.

With summer ending, the board will hear an update on the Student Success Summer Programming, which aims to help at-risk students acquire credits through credit rescue, summer school credit recovery, and paid summer co-op programs.

Director of Education Jack McMaster also will be giving an overview of the board’s annual operational plan for the 2009-10 school year.

Trustees also will receive an update from Raymond Roy, manager of plant operations and maintenance, on the slew of summer projects, such as replacing floors, painting, “Smart Board” installations, and other projects meant to get facilities across the district ready for the new school year.

The board also will receive the following recommendations from the finance committee:

•to establish a maintenance truck reserve in 2008/09 of $60,342 from the plant operations expected surplus;

•to withdraw $60,342 from the maintenance truck reserve in 2009/10;

•to approve the one-year renewal for the period of Aug. 1, 2009 to July 31, 2010 for arts and crafts supplies (Supreme Basics), general paper and notebooks (Supreme Basics), and general office supplies (Wilson’s Business Solutions);

•to approve a one-year photocopier paper and supplies tender to Lowery’s for Aug. 12, 2009 to July 31, 2010;

•to award the janitorial service tender to Carol Petri for the period of Sept. 1, 2009 to Aug. 31, 2010; and

•to approve the awarding of the portable classroom tender at J.W. Walker School to Provincial Partitions pending compliance with the Ontario Building Code.

Recommendations from the policy committee also will be put forward, including that the board approve updated policies on the student trustee, access to board facilities, and definition of a school day, among others.

The policy committee also will put forward a motion for the board to approve policies on record management and purchasing for stakeholder consultation.

As well, the committee is recommending the board rescind Policy #1.50 re: OPSBA membership.

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