Trustees and staff with the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board are working to gather more input from the community to help develop their 2019-2024 Strategic Plan, which provides direction to trustees on how to best serve the region’s education needs.
A survey has been created that allows residents to contrast and compare the board’s 2013 – 2018 Strategic Plan, and to suggest implementations or improvements to the upcoming 2019 – 2024 guiding document. The survey can be found below.
“We’re midway through an extensive consultation process around our strategic plan. It’s wide-spread, for staff, families, parents, elders, community partners, and our students for the youth’s voice. It’s also unique, because it’s coming at the start of a brand-new board of trustees,” said Director of Education for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, Sean Monteith.
In three weeks, KPDSB trustees will be conducting an exercise to identify priorities for the board’s upcoming strategic plan, using input collected from the community and the survey. If all goes well, the new plan is expected to be approved and adopted by end of the current school year.
“It’s an important exercise because it’s premised around the needs of our kids. The needs in the north for our children are very unique.”
The board had three identified strategic plan goals between 2013 - 2018. These included increasing individual student achievement through specialized programs and resources, meeting the needs of at-risk students, and to demonstrate and communicate that the KPDSB is a 21st century leading and learning organization.
“Just because we’re doing this, doesn’t mean that our priorities will change. The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is not going to stop talking about student achievement. We’re not going to stop talking about Indigenous kids graduating from high school. But, how we support those priorities and what those indicators are might change. Putting students first will not change.”
The number of students that the board is hoping to help achieve higher academic results is also continuing to grow, although, final enrolment and staffing numbers are still being collected. However, Monteith added that he is confident in their current projections.
“Enrolment at the elementary level looks strong for next year. It’s a little too early for secondary school projections, but overall, our enrolment has been stable and strong.”
Monteith explained that it’s too early in the year to project secondary school enrolment numbers as they are contingent on Grade 12 graduation rates, the number of returning Grade 12 students, and any students who may move to the region from northern communities.
As of December, 2018, numbers filed with the Ministry of Education show Keewatin-Patricia is projected to have more than 5,114 students, up 665 from last year, when 4,449 were attending. Back in 2002-2003, 6,380 students were enrolled in the school board, and attendance slipped to a low of 4,353 in 2013-2014.
For more information:
KPDSB – Strategic Plan Survey
Enrolment rebound continues at Keewatin-Patricia