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From the Boardroom - November 26, 2019 Meeting of the Board of Trustees

At the November 26, 2019 Meeting of the Board of Trustees...


The Board recognized the accomplishments of Neil Chopp, retired BHNCDSB principal for his years of dedicated service to Brant Food for Thought.

Students from St. Peter, Brantford performed 'Shine' for the Board of Trustees. 

The Trustees received an overview from St. Mary Catholic Learning Centre.

Committee and Staff Reports

Excursion – Panama

Trustees approved the request from Assumption College Catholic High School for an excursion to Panama from Friday, March 12 to Saturday, March 20, 2021. Approximately forty-four (44) Grades 9 to 12 students from Assumption College Catholic High School will be travelling by air to Panama. This tour provides an opportunity for students to study one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. Students will have the opportunity to visit numerous sites including the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. They will also conduct research at CREHO (Centro Regional para el Hemisferio Occidental), a facility looking to contribute to the wise use and conservation of wetlands. Students will have an opportunity to experience faith formation during a group arranged church service.  

Insurance Renewal

Trustees approved the 2020 insurance renewal premium, payable to the Ontario School Boards’ Insurance Exchange, in the amount of $127,476, excluding PST. The full report is included in the Committee of the Whole, November 19, 2019 Agenda. (

Inclement Weather Policy

Trustees approved the revised Inclement Weather & Temporary School/Facility Closures policy and administration procedure 400.01.  A notable change includes: Cold Weather Cancellation of Transportation (Due to Risk of Bus Reliability) and Schools Remain Open section. The full policy and administrative procedure is included in the Committee of the Whole, November 19, 2019 Agenda. (

Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement

The Board of Trustees received the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement. The plan identifies that our goals continue to be improving student learning and achievement in mathematics and increasing and enhancing principal and teacher learning in mathematical content knowledge and instruction. In the area of Student Achievement in Mathematics, BHNCDSB will continue to implement several initiatives for Student Achievement in 2019-20. The full plan is included in the Committee of the Whole, November 19, 2019 Agenda. (

Extended French Program at Assumption College School

Trustees received the staff report announcing the commencement of an Extended French Program at Assumption College School in Brantford. For program details please see page 20 of the Board Meeting Agenda.

Student Trustee Report

Trustees received the Student Trustee Report that included:

"During the month of November, all three high schools will be having their semi-formals, this dance is a great way for students to bond and have fun during a stressful time at midterms. St. John’s semi-formal theme is a winter wonderland, Assumption’s theme is a night under the stars and Holy Trinity’s theme is The Great Gatsby. 
St. John’s has completed its Socktober collections in October and received over 3,000 pairs of socks! Sadly, Holy Trinity lost fair due to the reigning champions, Delhi. And Assumption had their fall feeder schools grade eight-day where the students got to go on tours, meet teachers and met the principal and vice-principals.
With the collected socks, SJC has decided to donate most of the socks to a homeless shelter in Windsor and will donate the baby socks they received to the Brantford General Hospital’s Nicu centre. SJC participated in diabetes awareness month because they had an eagle named Jackson Hotrum who passed away due to juvenile diabetes. So, throughout the month SJC sold blue ribbons, blue cookies and handed out stickers which said, “for Jackson” and on national diabetes day (Nov 14) SJC encouraged everyone to wear a blue shirt in support. And, they have raised $430 for juvenile diabetes research. 
Holy Trinity had a successful pep rally where they showed off their derby car that was made for fair by the gr 12 auto class and painted by an art class. HT had another amazing Homecoming where they sold out at 600 attendants. They had a “Building Stronger Titans” mental health week where they did yoga, began preparing for their first exams in January and heard a fantastic public speaker named Michael Jacque.
The Assumption social justice group planned an Amplify your Culture event. This is during fourth period when students are called down to the cafeteria to see booths of different cultures and they serve food, dance and play music. They had an entertaining coffee house in November with singing and instrument playing and the money they raised from their coffee house goes towards their student council and their spirit wear. Lastly, ACS will be having their semi-annual spirit wear sale in November to make spirit wear more accessible for all students. "      

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is the Annual Meeting of the Board on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Everyone is welcome to join us for the Annual Meeting Mass (6:30 p.m.) and the Annual Meeting (7:00 p.m.).