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Message from the Board Chair
Message from the Board Chair

February 13, 2018CorrieMcbain-small.jpg

Like many others, I am enjoying the Olympics and cheering on our Canadian athletes. It is exciting to see their months and years of hard work culminate in these events.
Closer to home we have a lot to look forward to as well. Our staff and community partners have been planning many engaging learning opportunities for students, including the elementary robotics competitions and the York Region Skills Challenge. Similar to the athletes, a lot of learning and effort goes into preparing for these events and I wish all of our participating students the very best. I look forward to seeing them showcase their technical, problem-solving and collaboration skills.
This month, schools across the region are celebrating Black History Month. Through poetry, art, performances and speakers, there will be many opportunities to learn more about the history and contributions of people of African descent.
Trustees have begun reviewing our Multi-Year Plan in preparation for setting the strategic direction of the system for the next few years. Community input into this plan is vital to ensure that it reflects the communities we serve. We will be connecting with all of our stakeholders in the early spring - stay tuned for further details.
In addition to strategic direction, trustees also set policy direction for the Board.  Through our Policy and By-Law Committee trustees discuss revisions or creation of Board policies. Public input is an important part of the policy review process, and we encourage staff, students, families and community members to share their feedback on the policies and procedures out for comment.
It is hard to believe we’re already halfway through the school year. I wish everyone a happy and successful second semester! I would also like to wish everyone who is celebrating Lunar New Year a very happy celebration.
Corrie McBain
Board Chair



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