As we move forward with streamlining specific protocols I am pleased to let you know that our office almost unilaterally has heard great things from our media partners regarding our Communication Guideline. There has been positive feedback from organizations expressing their understanding of our desire to stick to these protocols including the setting up of appointments through the Communications Officer and waiting to the very end of meetings for any comments they may wish to garner. As well we have received an increase in the request for comments and information from the Media. We have also been contacted by new media outlets, in particular French language based media outlets. The central coordination of effort as outlined, has enabled us to provide prompt responses to information requests and there have been no complaints and/or concerns expressed by any media sources.
Overall this is a very good news story in our overall attempt to display openness and transparency in an organized and professional way.
Chair Aspin was invited to attend the monthly principal meeting to introduce himself and to speak directly to our school leaders about the work and dedicated efforts of the newly formed board. In his short time with this group he was able to convey the dedication and honest desire of the Board of trustees. The focus of the newly formed ad hoc committees was relayed as well as the intent to take necessary time to review pertinent information but to continue to move forward and to take on challenging decisions and move forward. These committees are: the Parry Sound Building Committee; The Culture Committee; the Multi Year Plan Committee; and the Governance Committee. Much time was spent addressing the deep desire of the group to adhere to a strong governance model and to ensure oversight while remaining at arm’s length and at the policy level in their work.
The Near North District School Board is recognized in all of the geographical areas we serve as a strong partner. Much time and dedication throughout years of effort have afforded us strong partnerships with many organizations. Some of these are business oriented and extremely formal. Others are less structured but remain focused on deep collaboration and a strong sense of unity to enhance the organizations involved and ultimately our students. I am quite sure you will be overwhelmed by the number of partnerships included in the following pages. It goes without saying that any partnership is relationship driven and I am humbled to be able to share these with you. Our teachers, coordinators, and senior team staff continue to put much time into honouring and building upon these relationships, and continue to find ways to move our organization forward to address efficiencies, propose stronger opportunities for students via coordinated services, and include incredibly, rich and divergent experiences for our learners while maintaining and growing our sense of community throughout our region.
Director of Education